Bob Baffert

‘A Tough Ask’: Elliott Recalls Smarty Jones’ Belmont Bid

Nobody could see Justify losing the Preakness yesterday. Turns out, nobody could see him winning, either. It was Erroll Garner weather at Pimlico Saturday, as The Man Upstairs stole a page from the jazz composer and piano legend’s songbook and unfurled “Misty,” festooning Old Hilltop in a fountain of fog. But Justify did his thing anyway, […]

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Triple Crown Questions: ‘Curse Of Assault,’ Common Ownership Decisions

He may have defeated the “Curse of Apollo” in the Kentucky Derby, becoming the first colt since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a 2-year-old, but there is yet another curse Justify must face down as he moves toward the Belmont Stakes and a chance to win the Triple Crown. According to […]

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Good Magic Controversy: Did Pace-Pressing Trip Ruin Colt’s Preakness Chances?

Two days before the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes, 24-year-old champion jockey Jose Ortiz already had his race strategy in mind. “Hopefully, someone else goes [to the early lead]. If Justify goes, and I have to be the one putting pressure on him, I will be,” Ortiz told the Maryland Jockey Club press office. […]

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Justify To The Belmont: ‘Something Can Go Wrong And He’d Still Win’

Justify, who followed up his May 5 Kentucky Derby (G1) victory with a gutsy half-length triumph in Saturday’s 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course, will have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of American Pharoah and provide trainer Bob Baffert a second Triple Crown sweep in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (G1). […]

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Justify Makes It Clear: Undefeated Colt Produces Historic Preakness Win For Baffert

A dense fog enveloped the sloppy Pimlico course just before the main event on Saturday, but neither the weather nor the bold strategy of Good Magic could stop Winstar, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ heavily-favored Justify in the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy was hounded […]

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Lingering Questions: Will The ‘Racing Gods’ Smile On Justify’s Foot?

The Kentucky Derby winner has certainly looked the part while training at Pimlico in the week leading up to the Preakness, but questions still linger about the colt’s left hind foot. Video of Justify on the morning after the Derby appeared to show the son of Scat Daddy experiencing soreness in the area, which trainer […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Baffert On Baffert

A Preakness Stakes win by Kentucky Derby winner Justify would be the seventh for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert in a span of just 22 years – which would equal Robert Wyndham Walden’s all-time record of seven set in the 19th century. All of Baffert’s previous Preakness winners competed two weeks earlier in the […]

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Justify Out Early Friday Morning At Pimlico: ‘He Just Has To Stay The Way He Is’

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert was up early Friday to oversee Justify’s training at Pimlico Race Course, the morning before the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1). Baffert’s Kentucky Derby (G1) winner and 1-2 morning line favorite went out to the track shortly after 5:30 a.m. for a controlled gallop of 1½ miles. Baffert typically sends his horses to the track […]

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Baffert On Justify: ‘He’s A Superior Horse, Just Like American Pharoah’

Almost on cue, the rain stopped falling when Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Justify made his first visit to the Pimlico Race Course track at 8:30 Thursday morning. The unbeaten son of Scat Daddy had a 1½-mile controlled gallop over the wet track that will play host to the 143rd Preakness Stakes (G1) on Saturday. Justify […]

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NYRA Bets Presents Preakness Countdown: Checking Out The New Guys

This year’s relatively short eight-horse Preakness field is exactly evenly spilt between runners who competed in the Kentucky Derby and those who didn’t. The latter, often tiresomely named “new shooters,” are compromised of the following runners, to which we shall now introduce you: Quip (12-1): You might think the primary owners of the Kentucky Derby […]

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