“Don’t win by a lot.”

Bob Baffert's advice to Justify jockey similar to American Pharoah.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Bob Baffert thought Justify would be a turf sprinter when he first saw him at the end of 2017.

Then the trainer worked the horse and took another look.

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The Scat Daddy line and size screamed sprinter, but turns out the Kentucky Derby winner is a runner.

Justify did it on his own terms…at his own pace.

The only thing Baffert instructed his jockey Mike Smith before Justify’s first allowance race?

“Don’t win by a lot.”

Hear from Baffert in the video.