Horse Racing

US Triple Crown winner Justify is retired

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

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SANTA ANITA, USA — Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify's owners said caution over the horse's ankle condition made it impossible to tell if he'd be healthy enough to race by the fall.

“What a way to go out: never beaten, won the Triple Crown,” jockey Mike Smith said by phone. “He's happy, healthy. That's just beautiful.”

Baffert said Justify wasn't responding quickly enough to treatment to be able to race in the next few months, so the decision was made to retire him.

“We all wanted to see Justify run again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect,” Baffert said. “Without 60-90 days, I can't be definite.”

The goal was for Justify to run in a major race this summer, likely the Travers Stakes at Saratoga, and be pointed toward the US$5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on November 3 at Churchill Downs. Instead, he was taken out of training earlier this month because of swelling in his ankle.

“The timing is bad for another start in 2018, and therefore, we have to retire him,” said Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm, which co-owns Justify. “Like (2015 Triple Crown winner) American Pharoah, we can't take the risk of running Justify as a four-year-old. We all wanted him to finish his career in the Breeders' Cup Classic, but it was not meant to be.”

Justify won all six career starts, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to capture the Kentucky Derby after not racing as a two-year-old. He won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown winner and second in the past four years after Baffert's American Pharoah.

“I could almost say he made my life,” jockey Mike Smith said. “I'll forever be grateful for that horse. It takes a great, great horse to do what he did.”

In addition to the Triple Crown, the Kentucky-bred Justify won the Santa Anita Derby and retires with career earnings of almost US$3.8 million.

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