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Justify, undefeated Triple Crown winner, is retired

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DEL MAR, Calif. -- The brilliant but brief racing career of Justify officially ended Wednesday with the announcement that the Triple Crown winner was being retired.

The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy raced just six times, all in a span of 112 days earlier this year, and won all six, including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont.

"That was ...Read more

Triple Crown winner Justify to parade at Del Mar

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SAN DIEGO -- Justify won't be racing this summer at Del Mar -- or maybe ever again -- but the Triple Crown winner will make an appearance on the seaside track.

Del Mar Thoroughbred Club announced Tuesday that Justify will be paraded on the track Saturday following the fourth race. His appearance will be at approximately 3:40 p.m.

According to ...Read more

Belinda Stronach wants to bring horse racing into the modern world

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LOS ANGELES -- Belinda Stronach, by any measuring stick, is one of the most powerful people in horse racing. As president and chairman of The Stronach Group, which owns Santa Anita, Golden Gate and tracks in Florida and Maryland, she runs the family business and has taken it on herself to try and remake the struggling sport. Stronach, 52, is not...Read more

Triple Crown winner Justify's racing plans on hold

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Justify, the undefeated Triple Crown-winning 3-year-old trained by Bob Baffert, is being evaluated for a condition that could threaten plans for his continued racing career later this summer.

"Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days," Baffert said in a press release Tuesday ...Read more

Questions raised about Belmont race strategy of second Baffert-trained horse, Restoring Hope

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A bit of intrigue has surfaced in the wake of Justify's Triple Crown-clinching victory on Saturday, with rival owner Mike Repole questioning jockey Florent Geroux's tactics aboard the other Bob Baffert-trained horse in the Belmont Stakes, Restoring Hope.

Repole told the New York Post he hopes that Belmont Park's racing stewards will take a ...Read more

Losing owner calls for investigation into tactics used in Belmont Stakes

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Mike Repole, co-owner of horses that finished fourth and last in Saturday's Belmont Stakes, told the New York Post on Sunday he hopes stewards will look into the tactics used by the jockey for the "other" horse trained by Bob Baffert.

Repole questioned Florent Geroux's ride on Restoring Hope, a stablemate of Belmont winner and 13th Triple Crown...Read more

Justify expected to continue racing after Triple Crown triumph

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The 13th Triple Crown winner paused his morning walk to pose for photographs, looking fresher than any horse should after running three high-pressure races in the past five weeks.

"He just looks like he's ready to go again," trainer Bob Baffert said Sunday morning as he began to process Justify's historic run. "We were just in there, watching ...Read more

Justify becomes only 13th horse to capture Triple Crown with wire-to-wire win in Belmont

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- It didn't take 37 years to find the next Triple Crown winner. It only took three.

But as Justify rolled down the homestretch of Belmont Park, with 90,000 people screaming with the passion of New Yorkers, it was clear something special was happening on this Saturday. Justify etched his place in history by becoming only the 13th ...Read more

Justify wasn't Bob Baffert's only winner at Belmont Park on Saturday

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Justify wasn't Bob Baffert's only winner Saturday. He teamed up with jockey Mike Smith and owner the China Horse Club to win the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles. Abel Tasman, winner of last year's Kentucky Oaks, made a powerful move on the backstretch and swept to a 7 1/2-length win.

"She ...Read more

Justify becomes 13th Triple Crown winner with thrilling Belmont Stakes victory

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The fates seemed to line up against Justify as he sought to become the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown.

From his tender heel the day after he won the Kentucky Derby to his tired performance in the Preakness to his starting position on the dreaded rail in the Belmont Stakes, he'd encountered obstacles that have defeated many an ...Read more

Justify ready to challenge for Triple Crown

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ELMONT, N.Y.--The journey started in early February when trainer Bob Baffert walked into the office of Santa Anita racing secretary Rick Hammerle to inquire whether there would be enough entrants for an upcoming maiden race.

"I have a horse in there that can win the Kentucky Derby," Baffert told Hammerle.

Who would have thought Baffert was ...Read more

Distance is part of the mystique of the Belmont Stakes

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Trainer Bob Baffert was getting impatient Thursday morning waiting for the painfully slow tractors to finish conditioning the track so Justify could start his morning gallop.

Jockey Mike Smith was there to watch exercise rider Humberto Gomez take the colt for his almost 1 1/2-mile jaunt over the Belmont Park racing surface.

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American Pharoah may have stolen some of Justify's thunder

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ELMONT, N.Y. -- Justify's arrival at Belmont Park on Wednesday was treated with all the fascination for detail you might expect from a space launch or even a royal wedding.

His plane left Louisville at 10:39 a.m.

It arrived at Long Island MacArthur Airport at 12:25 p.m., 34 minutes early.

The van left for the track at 1:46 p.m.

It arrived at...Read more

Frank Stronach sees long-term potential for Preakness at Pimlico as part of broader fight vs. poverty

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The Preakness Stakes could stay at Pimlico Race Course long-term, said Frank Stronach, founder of the company that owns Maryland's two major racetracks, but only if redevelopment of the venerable facility is part of a broader attempt to reduce poverty in Baltimore.

"On the one hand, horse racing is important. I realize so much history is ...Read more

Justify draws the dreaded rail as he seeks Triple Crown in Belmont Stakes

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The historically daunting task of winning a Triple Crown grew a little more difficult for Justify on Tuesday when he drew the far inside No. 1 post for Saturday's Belmont Stakes.

Given the 1 1/2-mile length of the race, Justify might have time to recover from a slow start. But no horse has won the Belmont starting from the rail since Empire ...Read more

All systems go for Justify heading to Saturday's Belmont Stakes

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Five days out from his bid to be the sport's 13th Triple Crown champion, Justify continues to look primed for his run at history.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner was again impressive in his final work for Saturday's Belmont Stakes, covering 5 furlongs in 1:01.40 at Churchill Downs.

The son of Scat Daddy did so under the watchful eye of...Read more

Five storylines as Justify prepares for his Triple Crown bid in Belmont Stakes

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When a Triple Crown is on the line in the Belmont Stakes, the race boils down to one essential question: Will he or won't he?

That's certainly the case this year, when Justify will arrive in New York without any obvious rival for 3-year-old thoroughbred supremacy.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion could face as many as 10 challengers ...Read more

Justify impresses in hard workout ahead of Belmont Stakes

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If Justify is feeling any fatigue in the run-up to his Triple Crown bid, he did not show it Tuesday morning when he breezed a half mile in a brisk 46.8 seconds at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

The hard workout was Justify's first since he won the Preakness on May 19, and he might breeze again early next week as he prepares for the June 9 ...Read more

Audible out of Belmont Stakes, and his absence may affect fan views of Justify's Triple Crown bid

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There's an intriguing story brewing in the run-up to the June 9 Belmont Stakes, one that could affect the way some fans view Justify's bid to become the 13th Triple Crown winner.

Audible, the horse expected to be Justify's chief competition in the 11/2-mile endurance test, will not run, trainer Todd Pletcher said Friday morning.

"We have ...Read more

Justify, following in footsteps of American Pharoah, is one race away from Triple Crown

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BALTIMORE -- The day after the Preakness Stakes, the sun came out for the first time in six days. And with it the reflections of those who watched Justify win the second leg of the Triple Crown also turned brighter.

The half-length victory, over a muddy track shrouded in a heavy layer of fog, had some questioning the chances of this 3-year-old ...Read more