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Triple Crown winner Justify to resume training in California

Jun. 17, 2018 8:29 PM EDT

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Triple Crown champion Justify has returned to his base at Santa Anita accompanied by a police escort and was greeted by trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith. The winner of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont flew from Louisville, Kentucky, to Ontario, California, on...

Fans cheer Triple Crown winner Justify during parade lap

Jun. 16, 2018 8:37 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify was calm while posing for thousands of fans who cheered and took pictures of horse racing's newest superstar in 90-degree heat at Churchill Downs. A week after becoming the second Triple Crown champion in four years and 13th overall, the unbeaten chestnut...

Justify back at Churchill as fans bask in Triple Crown glory

Jun. 11, 2018 5:07 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify returned to Churchill Downs for a little rest Monday, arriving just before a thunderstorm and greeted by camera-clicking fans intent on getting a shot of horse racing's newest superstar. A crowd watched the chestnut colt with a white blaze exit a van after...

Owners: Triple Crown winner Justify will race again

Jun. 10, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Triple Crown winner Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of his Belmont Stakes victory in good condition. Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm said Sunday the multi-owner group that...

Baffert has winning day, 3 times over, at Belmont Stakes

Jun. 9, 2018 10:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baffert made himself right at home at Belmont Park again. Not only did Justify give the 65-year-old trainer his second Triple Crown in four years on Saturday, but for the second straight year, Baffert came away with a win in every race he had an entry on the day of the Belmont Stakes....

Justifiable! Racing gets 13th Triple Crown with Justify

Jun. 9, 2018 9:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is...

Mike Smith, 52, becomes oldest jockey to win Triple Crown

Jun. 9, 2018 9:32 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's a reason Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith is in demand when owners and trainers pick riders for the elite in thoroughbred racing. The 52-year-old Smith just knows what to do aboard a horse. When to move it. When to take back. When to let the colt or filly have its way on the track....

The Latest: Justify captures Triple Crown, wins Belmont

Jun. 9, 2018 8:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest from Saturday's Belmont Stakes (all times local): 6:55 p.m. Justify has won the Triple Crown. The Preakness and Kentucky Derby winner became thoroughbred racing's 13th Triple Crown with a front-running victory in the Belmont Stakes. American Pharoah ended a 37-year Triple Crown...

Justify bidding for rare Triple Crown sweep in Belmont

Jun. 9, 2018 2:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three races at various distances on three different tracks over a span of five weeks. Just 12 horses have swept the Triple Crown, one of the rarest feats in sports. Justify will try to immortalize his name and join such horses as Whirlaway, Count Fleet, Citation and Secretariat when he runs...

Justify ready for run at Triple Crown history in Belmont

Jun. 8, 2018 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Baffert has done everything he can with Justify. Now, it's up to the undefeated colt and some racing luck to add his name to a revered list of Triple Crown winners. The chestnut colt with the blaze running down his face appears to have rebounded well after victories in the Kentucky...