Justify Lives High Life for 111 Days, is Retired Due to Bad Ankle

Monday, July 30, 2018 4:51 PM UTC

Monday, Jul. 30, 2018 4:51 PM UTC

From winning his debut on Feb. 18 to capturing the Triple Crown on June 9, Justify had a very efficient 111 days on the dirty oval. The announcement of his retirement highlighted the week in horse racing.

<p>Business and compassion collided in the horse racing world, and logic won over greed and the pursuit more fame, when trainer Bob Baffert and owners announced Wednesday they were <a href="http://www.espn.com/horse-racing/story/_/id/24192089/triple-crown-winner-justify-retires-racing">retiring Triple Crown winner Justify from racing</a> due to the continued slow response to treatment for fluid in the chestnut colt’s left front ankle.</p><p dir="ltr">Baffert was hoping to enter Justify (6-0-0 in 6 career starts, all in 2018) in the Travers Stakes (G1) at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York, on Aug. 25 to prepare for the big $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Nov. 3. However, with the Hall of Fame trainer unable to tell if the 3-year-old would heal by fall, he and the horse’s owners decided to err on the side of caution toward Justify, who was honored with a parade at Del Mar on Saturday with his Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith by his side. Justify will return to Kentucky next month.</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\" data-lang=\"en\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Six races, three parades for Justify. Adios to the best looking equine specimen I’ve ever seen. &lt;a href=\"https://t.co/EcLDZNaFon\"&gt;pic.twitter.com/EcLDZNaFon&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;— Jeremy Balan (@BH_JBalan) &lt;a href=\"https://twitter.com/BH_JBalan/status/1023339160457773056?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;July 28, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;\n&lt;script async src=\"https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;\n"}[/]</p><p dir="ltr">"It has been a great ride for all of us, and I have complete confidence Bob is doing the right thing by Justify," said Teo Ah Khing of China Horse Club, a co-owner with majority owners WinStar Farm as well as Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing.</p><p dir="ltr">WinStar Farm’s Elliott Walden said it’s a possibility the stud rights will be sold to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coolmore_Stud">Coolmore Stud farms</a> in Ireland.</p><p dir="ltr">Wynn Las Vegas <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/" title="Sports Betting Odds">opened Justify up at 5/2 to win the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic</a> and he was bet to 11/5 before being taken off the betting board. As a sports gambler, if you wagered on son of Scat Daddy Justify ($3,798,000 career earnings) in the futures books or in any of his six races, you never suffered a loss.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Poet’s World and Good Magic Victorious</h2><p dir="ltr">In the 1½-mile King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes (G1) at Ascot Racecourse in Ascot, Berkshire, England on Saturday, Prince of Wales’s Stakes (G1) winner Poet’s World (7/4) edged Crystal Ocean as trainer Sir Michael Stoute earned a record 6th victory in the 68th running of the event. Ridden by James Doyle, the 5-year-old, Irish-bred thoroughbred has now W3 straight races, improving to 7-5-1 in 16 lifetime starts. <a href="https://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&amp;refno=9535310&amp;registry=T&amp;rbt=TB">Poet's World</a> may now head for the 2018 (Juddmonte) International Stakes (G1) at York Racecourse in York, England (Aug. 22; 5/2 race favorite at <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a>), the 2018 (Qatar) Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe (G1) from Longchamp Racecourse in Paris, France (Oct. 7) and/or the Breeders’ Cup Turf Classic (G1) at Churchill Downs (Nov. 3).</p><p dir="ltr">In another BC “Win And You’re In” race Sunday, the much-anticipated $1 million Haskell Invitational Stakes at (G1) from Monmouth Park in Oceanside, N.J. in the biggest annual race held on the Jersey Shore, defending champion <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/picks/" title="Free Sports Picks">Good Magic (3-3-1 in 8 career starts) defeated a field of 7</a> with N.Y.-based jockey Jose Ortiz guiding the Kentucky Derby runner-up to an easy victory (1:50.01) in a race that qualified him for the BC Cup Classic, with the Travers Stakes at Saratoga likely up next (Aug. 25, Hofburg and Good Magic co-favorites at 2/1, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a>).</p><p dir="ltr">Good Magic went off as the 1/2 chalk in the Haskell and paid $3 to win. Bravazo (5/1) finished in 2nd place, with Lone Sailor (5/1) 3rd.</p><p dir="ltr">And, for the first time ever in Monmouth Park and maybe for one of the first times ever in the U.S., Monmouth Park offered up a special <a href="http://www.thoroughbreddailynews.com/monmouth-park-to-offer-racing-baseball-mixed-wagers-props-on-haskell-day/">Grand Slam</a> props bet (above) combining a Pick 4 of sorts involving picking the winner in three of the Haskell race days big races (No.’s 10, 11, 12; horses at fixed and not parimutuel prices) along with the winner of the Cubs-Cardinals MLB game that night (July 29).</p><p dir="ltr">Berned (paid 4.10/1) won Race 10 (G3 Molly Pitcher Stakes), brilliant 4-year-old, dark bay gelding Imprimis (5/4; 6-0-0 in 7 career starts) crossed the finish line first in Race 11 (Wolf Hill Stakes) — his 5th straight win — with favorite Good Magic taking Race 12 (Haskell). The <a href="https://classic.sportsbookreview.com/betting-odds/mlb-baseball/ch-cubs-vs-st-louis-cardinals-3386243/">Cubs-Cardinals</a> played in a virtual pick ‘em (STL -121, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4492&amp;book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">BetOnline</a>) night game in <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9SrXRNPRCA">Skip to ma St. Louis</a>, which after a weather-delayed start, was eventually won by the Cubs, so it was a Berned/Imprimis/Good Magic/Cubs combination needed to win in this Primordial Era Garden State Horse Racing-Sports Props offering from Sunday.</p><p dir="ltr">Get it ? Got it? What? Yes it looks confusing but in reality, is as simple as it gets. Those three horses won races 10-12 at Monmouth and the Cubs won the MLB game.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Amsterdam, Vanderbilt, Bowling Green, Bing Crosby Stakes Results</h2><p dir="ltr">In the Amsterdam (G3) on Saturday at Jim Dandy Day at Saratoga, it was Kentucky-bred Promises Fulfilled (4-0-2 in 8 career starts) who held off Engage to earn his second graded stakes win in the ½-furlong dirt race.</p><p dir="ltr">In the 6-furlong, $350,000 Vanderbilt Handicap (G1) in Race 8 at Saratoga on Saturday, it was 5-year-old Imperial Hint (11-2-0 in 17 career starts) who cruised to an easy victory with Javier Castellano in the irons, notching his first G1 stakes win (1:08.98) as the Luis Carvajal Jr.-trained horse passed the three leaders in the field (Switzerland, Mr. Crow, Done Deal) through the first half-mile and never looked back.</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="116" src="https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/maNd86RV98EnXAmWF_Zcmvx4geKXTpPSaLdjmCyS3L6V-T7pRwb0lfnIJmf9a5b4Ku3xeplPc6KHu5nNrda4XShhdQ4umJ8cUGtm9KQai23mdA11XPZcUtIBNk6unXIFK0FkWKtn" width="624" /></p><p dir="ltr">At Saratoga in Race 9 on Saturday in a exciting $800,000 Bowling Green Stakes (G2), 22/1 longshot Glorious Empire was caught at the wire by Channel Maker (5/1) on a nose-bob in a race ruled a dead heat, with both ending up winners.</p><p dir="ltr">And in Race 10, the $600,000 Jim Dandy (G2), it was Tenfold (8/5, win paid $5.50) holding for the win by a half-length for hot Trainer Steve Asmussen after wobbling hard to the right and lugging out down the stretch, beating 2nd-place finisher Flameaway (7/2) and 3rd-place hard-closer Vino Rosso (6/5).</p><p dir="ltr">[/]{"component":"video", "type":"youtube", "url":"https://www.youtube.com/embed/MlT--6tUjj8", "videoSize":"Large" }[/]</p><p dir="ltr">In Race 1 at Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racetrack on Saturday, monster favorite Chasing Yesterday (1/9) was impressive in her debut with the Bob Baffert-trained, Mike Smith-ridden half-sister to American Pharoah beating Honeyfromthesouth, also making her debut.</p><p dir="ltr">Kershaw (3/5) was an easy winner in Race 4 while in the marquis race (9) at Del Mar near San Diego on Saturday, the 6-furlongs Bing Crosby Stakes (G1), favorite Roy H (7-4-2 in 19 career starts) went off as a 6/5 favorite and was trying to get back to the BC Sprint to defend his title, but <a href="https://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&amp;refno=9287245&amp;registry=T" id="docs-internal-guid-1143dacd-e934-7992-6e4d-f69f1c189569">Ransom The Moon</a> (9/2, paid $11.60, 6-7-1 in 24 career starts) came all the way back from 9th place to win to provide exactly the same win-place as in last year’s edition of this race (1:10:08).</p><p dir="ltr">And on Sunday at beautiful Del Mar in another BC Challenge series “Win And You’re In” race, <a href="https://www.equibase.com/profiles/Results.cfm?type=Horse&amp;refno=9663718&amp;registry=T&amp;rbt=TB" id="docs-internal-guid-84f39794-e934-d42d-a6a0-6beae9cf7166">Unique Bella</a> (9-2-0 in 12 career starts) was the filly to beat in the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes (Race 5) and nobody could as the behemoth favorite (1/9) just loped along but ended up having to hold off a late charge from the German-bred La Force (8/1) who almost caught her at the finish line. Unique Bella, the daughter of Tapit, has now W2 straight G1 races (Beholder Mile at Santa Anita) and 3 overall and punched her ticket to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships weekend in November and likely the BC Distaff (3/1 race favorite, <a href="https://www.sportsbookreview.com/Sportsbook/?v=4588&amp;book=BOVADA" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">Bovada</a>), even with the lackluster performance.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Jockey Espinoza Beginning Rehab</h2><p dir="ltr">After suffering a fracture to his C-3 vertebrae in <a href="https://www.bloodhorse.com/horse-racing/articles/228650/espinoza-injured-after-bobby-abu-dhabis-fatal-incident">an accident</a> July 22 at Del Mar when he was thrown during a workout with Bobby Abu Dhabi, 46-year-old Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza is now <a href="http://www.drf.com/news/espinoza-set-begin-rehab-spinal-injury">rehabbing</a> in a center near La Jolla, California and to begin physical therapy after a stay in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla for observation.</p><p dir="ltr">Brian Beach, agent for Espinoza, said, “They want to tune him up a bit. I would imagine he would be there through the weekend.”</p><p dir="ltr">Graded stakes-winner Bobby Abu Dhabi — the horse 3-time Kentucky Derby-winner Espinoza was riding during the workout — suffered a tragic fatal cardiac event.</p><p dir="ltr"> </p><h2 dir="ltr">Breeders’ Cup Classic Futures Odds</h2><p dir="ltr">Here are the futures odds (as of July 29) from <a href="https://www.bovada.lv/">Bovada</a> for the Breeders’ Cup Classic set to be held at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, Nov. 3:</p><p dir="ltr"><img height="354" src="https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/8AxOugEz8u5ESYYL7H0scR63BHFJ0DZYF6JTwPaJh7pP7vQQ69iKPIkwlpaSlMSQrfCO84n0FVJEcgqdId2IuyYRDrYHDwNRJPKnZYhdZVOQQZj-j6xGG6lGt6jZkLapFhrQOgOJ" width="252" /></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Breeders' Cup Classic Futures Pick:</strong> West Coast 7/1</p>
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