Baffert and Lukas talk Justify and Bravazo Belmont prep

Another trip to the backside at Churchill Downs for the latest as the last leg of the Triple Crown approaches.


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – There’s a week and change before the Belmont Stakes.  There’s a week and change before we see if Bob Baffert can win a second Triple Crown.

Justify was back out on the track at Churchill Downs Thursday morning for a light gallop.

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Baffert calls the unbeaten Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner his January “walk-on “and to see the progress he’s made is remarkable.  All indications point toward success in New York.

Bravazo also hit the track at Churchill Thursday for a good work overall for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

After finishing 6th in the Kentucky Derby and closing strong to place in the Preakness, there’s a lot to be excited about as the Belmont approaches for the son of 1998 Breeders’ Cup Classic champion Awesome Again.

Hear from Baffert and Lukas in the video.

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