Justify Getting ‘Checked Out’ After Ankle Filling Discovered; Racing Plans Uncertain

by | 07.10.2018 | 3:45pm
Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify at Churchill Downs (Coady Photo)

Justify, undefeated winner of this year's Triple Crown, is going to be evaluated for some filling in his left front ankle, it was announced today.

“Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days,” said trainer Bob Baffert. “I trained him last week and the filling came back. We want to get him checked out.”

Justify didn't train the latter part of last week but had been in full training at Santa Anita preparing for a late summer campaign.

“To go from a maiden winner in February to an undefeated Triple Crown winner in June has been an incredible ride,” said Elliott Walden, WinStar Farm's president/CEO and racing manager. “He is too special to the owners, our team, and all the fans he has around the world to not be 100% healthy. As far as any future plans for him, they will be decided after we get him checked out. He is an amazing horse, and we are blessed by his presence.”

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