VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Triple Crown winner Justify has been retired from racing.
Trainer Bob Baffert made the announcement Wednesday in a news release.
“Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just not responding quick enough for a fall campaign,” Baffert said. “We all wanted to see Justify run again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect. Without 60-90 days, I can’t be definite.”
Justify will return to WinStar Farm early next month.
“The timing is bad for another start in 2018, and therefore, we have to retire him,” said WinStar Farm’s Elliott Walden. “Like American Pharoah, we can’t take the risk of running Justify as a four-year-old. We all wanted him to finish his career in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1), but it was not meant to be. As has been reported, there is a possible sale to Coolmore in place, but that won’t be finalized until a later date. We are excited to share him with our fans starting the middle of August after he gets acclimated.”
The “First Look” will be offered to WinStar StableMates members on August 10th and 11th and can be scheduled through https://stablemates2.winstarfarm.com/.
Complete tour schedule available at https://visithorsecountry.com/winstarfarm/.
Justify will also parade at Del Mar on Saturday, July 28, before traveling to WinStar.