Justify

Justify Leads Audible, Good Magic In NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll

Undefeated Justify has taken over the top spot in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll and will likely be favored in the May 4 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve after winning Saturday’s $1 million Santa Anita Derby (G1) by three lengths over Bolt d’Oro, who had topped the NTRA Top-3-Year-Old Poll for its first 10 weeks. The lightly raced Justify – trained by Bob […]

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Justify Leaps To Top Of Kentucky Derby Media Poll Off Santa Anita Victory

As they turn for home May 5 in the Kentucky Derby, NBC announcer Larry Collmus will be prepared to call Justify’s name at Churchill Downs. The three-length Santa Anita Derby winner on Monday jumped to the top of Collmus’ ballot — along with that of 14 other voters — in the 2018 Kentucky Derby Media Poll assembled by HorseRacingNation.com. Trained by Hall […]

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Justify, Mendelssohn Take Top Two Spots In Kentucky Derby Future Wager

Four weeks in advance of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I), lightly-raced and unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Justify closed as a resounding 3-1 favorite in Pool 4 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW). Four-time Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert’s late-blooming Justify improved his record to a perfect 3-for-3 on Saturday with a three-length victory over […]

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Justify ‘Still Learning How To Run’; Bolt D’Oro ‘Got A Lot Out Of It’

Justify, Bolt d’Oro and Midnight Bisou, arguably the leading three-year-olds in the land, will move their captivating acts to Kentucky next month where they will take center stage in the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks. “He looks good,” Bob Baffert said of Justify early Sunday morning, less than 24 hours after the chestnut son of Scat Daddy […]

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Justify Defeats Bolt D’Oro Under Masterful Ride In Santa Anita Derby

He’s been highly touted for weeks now, but Justify finally had the chance to prove himself in Saturday’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy, winner of both of his career starts thus far, took the lead out of the gate and cruised around the track all alone on the front […]

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Weekend Lineup: Triple Crown Trio

A trio of prep races for the 2018 Kentucky Derby highlight this weekend’s racing action across the United States. The Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby features an exciting match-up between the gutsy Bolt d’Oro and upstart Justify, while the G2 Blue Grass has drawn a big field including champion Good Magic and Grade 1 winners […]

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‘Heart And Courage’: Bolt D’Oro Won’t Be Too Far Off The Pace In Santa Anita Derby

It wasn’t exactly Joe Namath “guaranteeing” victory, but Mick Ruis did say this about Bolt d’Oro’s attempt to vanquish favored Justify in tomorrow’s Santa Anita Derby: “We’re not going let him get away from us. We’re going to be within a length and a half behind him. Bolt runs on heart and courage.” And so the gauntlet […]

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Quip Shifted To Arkanses Derby To Chase Grade 1 Status

China Horse Club International and WinStar Farm LLC will be represented in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1) after all. After unbeaten Justify was removed from consideration for the Arkansas Derby, trainer Rodolphe Brisset said Thursday that Grade 2 winner Quip was heading to Oaklawn to run in the April 14 race for his high-profile connections. Quip, […]

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Adequan Presents Derby Capsule: Songs Without Words?

For decades upon decades, they’ve held the Kentucky Derby in the spring. I’m not sure that’s going to be the case this year. Where the heck is it? The high Saturday in New York for the Wood Memorial is expected to be 48 degrees. In Lexington, it’ll be pushing just to get above 40 and […]

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The Friday Show Presented By NYRA’s Loyalty Program: Derby Of Kings?

We are heading into a big weekend for Kentucky Derby qualification, with three 100-point races on the schedule. What are the takeaways so far on this year’s road to Louisville, which appears to be paved in gold even more so than usual? In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss […]

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