kentucky derby

Human Runners Are Getting Faster; Why Aren’t Thoroughbreds?

Although just a few ticks of the stopwatch makes a big difference in the way racing pundits view a Kentucky Derby winner, one writer for news website Quartz points out the race’s finish times haven’t gotten drastically faster in recent decades. This is in contrast to human sports, where human runners have been shaving off […]

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‘Chowhound’ Justify Resumes Training On Thursday; Lukas Says Bravazo ‘On His Game’

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify was given a fourth day off Wednesday after his half-length victory over Belmont-bound Bravazo in Baltimore’s middle leg of the Triple Crown. Jimmy Barnes, chief assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert who oversees Justify’s training on the road, said America’s top-ranked 3-year-old will resume training Thursday at […]

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Remembering Bill Nack…And ‘The Quarter Horse Guys’ Who Have Dominated The Triple Crown

It was only fitting that in the aftermath of Bob Baffert’s Preakness victory with Justify, it was left to his longtime rival D. Wayne Lukas, to put things in perspective. After Lukas’ longshot colt Bravazo nearly caught Justify with a late rush out of the Pimlico fog, the senior statesman of California’s backside said this: […]

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Justify Leads NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, Second Overall Behind West Coast

To nobody’s surprise, the undefeated dual-classic winner Justify remained a unanimous first-place choice in the latest NTRA Top 3-Year-Old Poll, results of which were released today, the Monday following his hard-fought win in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (G1). The Bob Baffert trainee, set to attempt a historic Triple Crown sweep in the June 9 Belmont Stakes (G1), earned all 40 first-place votes in this week’s poll […]

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‘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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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 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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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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