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Triple Crown winner Justify had positive test; trainer blames contaminated food

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby and blamed …


UPDATED: Wed., July 25, 2018, 9:28 p.m.

Justify retires from racing

Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Trainer Bob Baffert and Justify’s owners said caution over the horse’s ankle condition …


Fans cheer Triple Crown winner Justify during parade lap

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 …


Owners: Triple Crown winner Justify will race again

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 …


UPDATED: Sat., June 9, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Justify wins Belmont Stakes to become 13th winner of the Triple Crown

Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes and become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years. The chestnut colt is the second undefeated …


Memories of Playfair are bittersweet, as fans of former Spokane horse track find other venues

When Playfair closed the gates on its final meet on Dec. 17, 2000, local racing fans were forced to find other outlets to follow their favorite sport. Like a congregation …


Justify ready to challenge for Triple Crown

This afternoon at Belmont Park, Justify looks to join the highest stratum of horse racing immortality by becoming the 13th thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown in the 150th running …


Jockey Mike Smith back on familiar turf at Belmont

Walking into Belmont Park is like old home week for Mike Smith. The jockey knows the vast track with its sweeping turns like the back of his hand. Fans who …


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 1:57 p.m.

Justify arrives in New York for Triple Crown bid

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify has arrived in New York ahead of Saturday’s Belmont Stakes. The colt will try to sweep the Triple Crown. American Pharoah did it in …


Bob Baffert savors journey with another Triple Crown in reach

The only thing Bob Baffert wanted to do in horse racing was win the Triple Crown. Been there, done that. The Hall of Fame trainer captured horse racing’s biggest prize …


UPDATED: Tue., June 5, 2018, 7:19 p.m.

Justify draws No. 1 post for Triple Crown try in Belmont Stakes

Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Justify will break from the No. 1 post as the early 4-5 favorite in the Belmont Stakes as the colt tries to complete a Triple …


Bob Baffert sees parallels between Justify and American Pharoah

Triple Crown contender Justify is drawing comparisons to American Pharoah even after a very different path to the Belmont. Trainer Bob Baffert sees similarities in the two super horses as …


UPDATED: Sat., May 19, 2018, 6:37 p.m.

Justify wins foggy Preakness, keeps Triple Crown bid alive

Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another impressive victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for …


UPDATED: Fri., May 18, 2018, 4:12 p.m.

Justify enters Preakness Stakes chasing history in weather that could be biblical

By midday Friday, the eve of the running of the 143rd Preakness Stakes, the rain and mud threatened to overtake Pimlico Race Course. Water collected in puddles and ran in …


Preakness looks like Justify’s race to lose after Kentucky Derby win

The Preakness looks like Justify’s race to lose as long as he runs to his usual form. Opposing trainers understand it’ll take Justify regressing from what he showed in the …


Justify draws 7 post, is heavy favorite to win Preakness

Having the Preakness favorite has never bothered Bob Baffert before and it doesn’t bother him with Justify.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 1:19 p.m.

Trainer Bob Baffert: Justify doing well after treatment for bruised heel

Trainer Bob Baffert says Justify is doing well and still on track to run in the Preakness after the Kentucky Derby winner was treated for a bruised heel on his …


Texas woman wins $1.2 million in Derby Day exotic

Justify’s win in the 2018 Kentucky Derby capped a $1.2 million payday for a Central Texas woman.


UPDATED: Sat., May 5, 2018, 9:53 p.m.

Justify wins sloppy Kentucky Derby; Baffert takes fifth title

Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.


A Kentucky Derby with lightly raced colts, and lots of possibilities

Todd Pletcher is throwing numbers at the Kentucky Derby again. Bob Baffert is seeking a fifth victory and he’s got the favorite, too. An old jinx could be disproved, and …


UPDATED: Tue., May 1, 2018, 10:53 a.m.

Justify installed the early 3-1 favorite for Kentucky Derby

Justify has been made the early 3-1 favorite for the Kentucky Derby. Europe-based Mendelssohn is the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Justify is trained by four-time …


Justify wins Santa Anita Derby by 3.5 lengths for Bob Baffert

Justify vaulted into the role of probable Kentucky Derby favorite with a three-length victory over Bolt d’Oro in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby. The colt has won his three …