As most anticipated, Bob Baffert’s latest super horse has successfully captured the second jewel en route to the triple crown. The day was expected to be very wet but I’m not sure everyone watching was ready for what transpired. Coming into the race Justify was matching up against a lot of the same horses he’d faced in the Derby but this race was much more action packed and down to the wire. As it stands, Justify is set to run June 9th at Belmont Park to attempt the completion of the historic Triple Crown.
As mentioned, the race was very action packed and there was no clear winner throughout. Justify started relatively strong breaking away in the first quarter mile along with Good Magic in 23 seconds. The back stretch was a lot of the same, Justify and Good Magic going back and fourth both look pretty strong as they created a decent space between the chase pack which was lead by Bravazo. Into the stretch it was Good Magic who had about a quarter length until Justify surged ahead trying to create serious separation between Good Magic and the chase pack which climbed much closer as they rounded the turn heading for home. Had there been 10 extra yards in the race, Justify would have been hawked on the final stretch by Tenfold who made a late push but just ran out of track and Justify will aim to enter horse immortality.