Likely to be the favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Justify underwent his penultimate breeze on Saturday morning at Santa Anita Park. According to bloodhorse.com, the 3-year-old Scat Daddy colt broke off in front of a workmate, then settled back behind down the backstretch. He crossed the wire several lengths in front to earn an official time of 1:13 for six furlongs.
“He did his thing,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “He's a superior racehorse. He does things easy.”
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“I was happy with the work,” Baffert told Santa Anita publicity. The trainer is seeking his fifth Kentucky Derby triumph and his first since sweeping the Triple Crown in 2015 with American Pharoah. “Everything went well. He'll work one more time here next weekend.”
Added private clocker Toby Turrell: “Justify was just as impressive as he's been up to this point. Nothing's changed.”
Also working Saturday for the Kentucky Derby was Jerry Hollendorfer trainee Instilled Regard, presently on the outside looking to participate in the first jewel of the Triple Crown, as he is 22nd with qualifying points for the mile and a quarter classic.
A maximum of 20 horses will start based on points earned in designated stakes prior to the Kentucky Derby.
Instilled Regard worked five furlongs in 1:01.
Rayya, winner of the UAE Oaks, was transferred to Baffert's barn after Dubai World Cup weekend to make her next start in the Kentucky Oaks. The filly breezed on Saturday with champion Abel Tasman, working six furlongs from the gate in 1:12 4/5. Rayya got the jump on her workmate out of the gate, but the two finished on pretty much even terms at the wire.
Read more at bloodhorse.com.
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