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Triple Crown Hope Justify Breezes Half-Mile in :46.80 at Churchill Downs

Triple Crown Hope Justify Breezes Half-Mile in :46.80 at Churchill DownsUndefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify tuned up his preparation for the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI) with a rapid half-mile breeze in :46.80 Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs. With Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on hand, Justify breezed at 7:30 a.m. with California-based jockey Martin Garcia aboard through splits of :12, :23.60 and :35.20 before galloping out five furlongs in :59.60 over the “fast” main track, according to Churchill Downs clocker John Nichols. Light rain fell during the breeze.
He worked really well,” Baffert said. “The trackman (Jamie Richardson) did a great job with the track this morning with some impeding rain. Martin knows how to breeze the horse so I flew him in from California. (Justify) warmed up really nice. I basically didn’t say anything on the radio to Martin after I asked him how he was warming up. He went in a nice grove.
"We let him gallop out a little further past the five-eighths pole, he took a big breath and turned around to go back to the barn. I’m really happy. It’s what you want to see. I knew yesterday the way he galloped he was ready to do something. The day before he didn’t get to do much with the rain and he may not get to do much this week because of (possible) rain as well.


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