Justify, the American Thoroughbred champion who made huge headlines, has another big story this year. The famed Thoroughbred racehorse has finally retired from horse racing competition after an undefeated record.
The famed Thoroughbred racehorse was taken out of training due to some injury. In a recent press release, trainer Bob Baffert explained to the public that Justify had some problem in his left front ankle. Baffert noticed something serious on Justify’s left front leg, so he decided to send the racehorse for a more detailed evaluation. Baffert and team finally announced the horse's retirement after that thorough evaluation.
Justify and his long journey
Foaled in March 2015, Justify is an American Thoroughbred champion who became the 13th Triple Crown winner in American racing history. Justify was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther and trained by the Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert. Justify’s owners include the WinStar Farm (majority owner), Starlight Racing, Head of Plains Partners and China Horse Club.
Justify came from the family of horse racing champions. He is the son of American Thoroughbred champion Scot Daddy, and a descendant of English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky.
Under the management of Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, Justify has become a big favorite in major horse racing competitions. Justify has competed and won in some of the major racing competitions, which include the Santa Anita Derby, Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes race.
In addition to major wins, he also made some racing history. The 3-year-old Thoroughbred is the second undefeated Triple Crown winner in racing history, following the heels of the American racing champion Seattle Slew. He is also the second Triple Crown winner for world-famous trainer Bob Baffert.
Earlier this month, Justify has made a huge homecoming at WinStar Farm, where he will start his transition to a stud career. He was officially retired from horse racing competition on July 2018.