WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Justify will soon be making the move from WinStar Farm to start his stallion career.
WinStar Farm announced Friday that a deal is being finalized with Coolmore America to stand the Triple Crown winner.
“After much deliberation with all the partners, we’ve decided to accept Coolmore’s offer to stand Justify,” said Elliott Walden, president, CEO and racing manager of WinStar Farm, in a statement. “As you can imagine, this is a bittersweet moment for all of us connected to this special horse who gave us the ultimate thrill of a lifetime. We believe strongly in Justify as a stallion and the ownership group has retained breeding rights. We look forward to supporting him at Ashford Stud.”
Justify had a historic 3-year-old season, winning all six career starts and banking $3,798,000.
He broke the “Curse of Apollo,” winning the Kentucky Derby by 2 ½ lengths on May 5, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without starting as a 2-year-old.
He captured the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in wire-to-wire fashion on May 19 and became the 13th Triple Crown winner in history with a 1 ¾-length triumph in the Belmont Stakes June 9, becoming the first undefeated Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew.
The son of the late Scat Daddy will be joining another Triple Crown winner, American Pharoah, at Coolmore.