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Kentucky Derby Contender


Owner: China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing, WinStar Farm
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Mike Smith

2018 Santa Anita Derby

Get to Know Justify

Sire: Scat Daddy (Johannesburg)
Dam: Stage Magic (Ghostzapper)
Foaled: March 28, 2015
Breeder: John D. Gunther

Starts: 3
Wins: 3
Seconds: 0
Thirds: 0
Earnings: $666,000

Bettors’ Edge

By Jeremy Plonk

Justify: The unbeaten phenom rolls into Louisville off a wire-to-wire Santa Anita Derby score that came about when stablemate McKinzie was injured and Justify’s plan for the Arkansas Derby was re-routed. He has come a long way in a short amount of time, similar to past Baffert trainees like Bodemeister and Indian Charlie, who wound up second and third in Derby bids. No doubt massive on talent – and size – it’s the latter that could be interesting in a field of 20. Will this hulk get a clear run? I’d want to see an outer draw and let his natural speed put him right into the mix. Justify will buck history if he wins as the first to do so without a 2-year-old start since 1882 and join Big Brown as the only horses in the last century to do so with 3 or less prior starts.




Saturday, Justify, the most exciting sophomore racehorse in North America, grabbed the 2018 Santa Anita Derby by the throat out of the gate and didn’t let go for 1:49.72. Simultaneously, he intensif...

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Justify is Just Phenomenal, says Baffert

Whether or not Justify wins the Kentucky Derby to become the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to do so without having raced as a 2-year-old, what he already has accomplished is extraordinary. In the ...

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April 2: Justify Workout

Justify (1:13.20) worked 6 furlongs outside Hoppertunity (1:01.20) on April 2, 2018 at Santa Anita Park for trainer Bob Baffert. Running in the Santa Anita Derby on April 7, 2018 at Santa Anita Park....

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McKinzie Injury May Benefit Justify

McKinzie hit the sidelines this weekend with an undisclosed injury, and within a sunrise it was stablemate and hotshot Justify confirmed for his Santa Anita Derby replacement on Saturday. Necessity re...

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Justify Race History

Date Race Track Finish
April 7, 2018 Santa Anita Derby (G1) Santa Anita 1st
March 11, 2018 Allowance Santa Anita 1st
February 18, 2018 Maiden Santa Anita 1st

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