My last post about Justify was posted on April 26th, 2018, just weeks after he had won himself a spot in the G1 Kentucky Derby. Today, 116 days later, Justify (Scat Daddy - Stage Magic, by Ghostzapper) has remained undefeated, broken the Apollo Curse, and has become the thirteenth Triple Crown winner in history. From his six starts derived his six wins and $3,798,000 in earnings. On May 6th, 2018, Justify conquered the likes of a twenty horse field as one of the two undefeated colts and one of the most lightly raced horses to run. On the sloppy (sealed) surface, Justify kept up with the pacesetter throughout the race and dominated challenger Champion 2 Year Old Colt Good Magic to call an end to the 136 year Apollo Curse by 2 1/2 lengths. Two weeks later he proved himself again as he emerged from the fog in a close call with Bravazo, the only horse to get close to beating Justify. However, Justify once again prevailed by half a length to take home the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Then, it came down to the final two minutes of the Triple Crown, Justify the obvious favorite for the G1 Belmont Stakes. A far cry from disappointment, Justify ran his final race and did well too, clearing his competition by 1 3/4 lengths. Shortly after his sweep, he was returned home to Santa Anita Park and continued his routinely exercises, however, never returned to the stage. A filling was discovered in his ankle, and his trainer, Bob Baffert states upon his retirement: “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just not responding quick enough for a fall campaign. We all want to see Justify race again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect. Without 60-90 days, I can’t be definite.” Therefore, he was returned, and flown to WinStar, where he currently spends his days being a horse and greeting his fans. Whether or not he’ll stand there is yet unknown, as a breeding rights sale may be underway with Coolmore (However, nothing is confirmed). He will begin the stud life next year!
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My happy place looking through the ears of my steeds having a good gallop on the training track 😍 great to be back in action after the past 2 weeks! So good to be on the back of Veronica who looked after me and we had a super bit of work today 💜
What is Big Brown? Big Brown (Boundary - Mien, by Nureyev) is a 16.1 hand bay Thoroughbred most well known as a dual classic winner and the 2008 Eclipse Award Champion 3 Year Old Colt. Today, he is a stallion at Irish Hill & Dutchess Views Stallions in New York and the sire of Dortmund, plus other stakes winners such as Adore and Hard Study. Brown as a racehorse was first spotted in an MSW at Saratoga in 2007, a race he won without trouble. His second start also came easy to him, tallying an allowance at Gulfstream Park and totaling both his starts by win margins of 24 lengths combined. In his single prep race for the G1 Kentucky Derby, he went from start to finish and won by five in the G1 Florida Derby, which earned him a spot in the starting gates the first Saturday in May. After staying undefeated in his Kentucky Derby win, Brown headed to the G1 Preakness Stakes as the overwhelming favorite, and once again, prevailed. However, just days later, a slight quarter crack was discovered, and despite this, he was sent to the Belmont. Given a shot at the Triple Crown, Brown didn’t finish the G1 Belmont Stakes, but was back to work two months later in the G1 Haskell Invitational Stakes, finding himself back in the winner’s circle for the second to last time of his career. He closed out 2008 with a win in the Monmouth Stakes (Listed), and was retired shortly after due to sustaining an injury during a workout. So, from his 8 7-0-0 and $3,614,500, what can we take away from Big Brown? What is Big Brown? Richard Dutrow answers, “He’s a dream come true—that’s what he is.”
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