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Justify's Racing Career Is Over Due To Ankle Problem
By STEVE PHILLIPS
 
UPDATE: A couple of weeks ago trainer Bob Baffert announced that his Triple Crown-winning colt, Justify, had developed a seemingly minor ankle injury. As time passed and there was no word about the horse's condition, everyone started to expect the worst. Sure enough, Bob Baffert has announced that the mercurial colt's racing career has come to an end. Next up for Justify will be a career at stud. When, where and for how much has not been announced yet.

MINEOLA, NY: 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify has seen his training schedule put on hold due to filling in his left-front ankle.

The colt won all three Crown races going wire-to-wire, and has yet to taste defeat in his career. Plans for Justify’s next start were still tentative in any event. Now, for the time being at least, the superstar’s racing career is on hold.

Bob Baffert, who trains Justify, also trained Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. That colt wound up spending a busy summer, racing in both the Haskell at Monmouth and the Travers at Saratoga before his victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.

The Haskell, scheduled for July 29th, is now certainly off the radar for Justify. The Travers will be run on August 25th. Unless the colt responds quickly and completely to treatment, it is highly unlikely that he will be part of the show at Saratoga’s meet.

Actually, according to trainer Baffert, the 3-year-old had some mild filling following a drill last week at Santa Anita. The condition cleared up quickly, but reappeared after a couple of days.

Further tests will be performed to determine the extent of the injury, and what impact it will have on Justify’s future. Whatever develops, Justify’s connections had already opted to end the horse’s racing career after 2018, with the exception of a run in January’s Pegasus at Gulfstream.


 
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