Racing's 13th Triple Crown winner Justify galloped about one mile Saturday morning at Churchill Downs under regular exercise rider Humberto Gomez for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert as he readies to depart for his home base at Santa Anita Park in Southern California on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. (all times Eastern), according to Churchill Downs' Director of the Stabling Area Steve Hargrave.
“It's been great here in Louisville,” assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said. “We're excited to get back home but hopefully we'll be back later this year.”
Justify will parade before the crowd Saturday at Churchill Downs' “Downs After Dark” from approximately 6:45-7:15 p.m. Justify will parade in front of the Clubhouse and Grandstand as he walks over with the horses for the third race, which has a 6:56 p.m. post time (note: Justify will follow the third race entrants). He'll then visit and circle the saddling paddock and remain there while the third race is being run.
After the third race winner's circle presentation is complete, Justify will visit the Woodford Reserve Winner's Circle for a special ceremony for his connections – owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners; Hall of Fame trainer and jockey, Baffert and Mike Smith, respectively; and breeder John Gunther – to receive their engraved Kentucky Derby 144 trophies.
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