Triple Crown Winner Justify Under Observation - NBC4 Washington

Triple Crown Winner Justify Under Observation

Justify has won all six starts in his brief career that began this year.

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    In this June 9, 2018, file photo, Justify, with jockey Mike Smith up, crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race and the Triple Crown in Elmont, N.Y. Justify is currently under observation due to swelling of his ankle.

    Triple Crown winner Justify has re-located to Del Mar where trainer Bob Baffert is keeping him under observation after swelling in his left front ankle emerged two weeks ago.

    Baffert says Justify will probably just walk around the stable area for the next two weeks at the track north of San Diego. The probable scenario for the colt is a return to racing sometime in the fall with the ultimate goal being the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs in November.

    "Right now, we're just looking to get him 100 percent," Baffert said Monday. "We're in a holding pattern. I'd love to run him again because he's so much fun and exciting to watch. We should know more in a couple of weeks."

    Justify has won all six starts in his brief career that began this year. He has won four straight Grade 1 races, including a sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont to become horse racing's 13th Triple Crown champion.

    The colt hasn't had a workout since the Belmont Stakes on June 9.