Far from the madding crowd that produced the Triple Crown frenzy for Justify before, during and after his victory in the Belmont Stakes last Saturday, Bob Baffert was back on the beat in the glorious solitude of his home base at Santa Anita Thursday, mulling the future.
“He went back to the track (at Churchill Downs) today, jogged, and came out of it really well,” Baffert said of Justify, who became history's 13th Triple Crown winner by capturing the mile and a half Belmont.
“Jimmy (assistant Jim Barnes) said he was pretty happy, so we're going to take him back tomorrow, go light with him, parade him Saturday at Churchill, and he'll be here at Santa Anita Sunday afternoon.
“We have no plans yet (for his next race). We'll just get him here and go from there.”
Asked who held up better through the Triple Crown morass, him or the horse, Baffert paused briefly and said, “We're all tired, although Justify handled it really well.
“The mile and a half wasn't a problem for him.”
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