'A gift from God': Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retires from racing
- Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retires after February debut
- The three-year-old chestnut colt has amassed $3.9 million in career earnings
On Wednesday Justify’s hall-of-fame trainer Bob Baffert said the horse was suffering from fluid in his left front ankle.
After making his debut in February, the undefeated three-year-old chestnut colt will retire having won all six races he ran this year — including the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
The only other undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown was Seattle Slew in 1977.
No wonder jockey Mike Smith said he was disappointed to see the successful horse retire.
“Like everyone else, I am disappointed he won’t run again, but I am thankful he came into my life,” Smith said.
“There was never a time when I rode him that I felt like I was going to get beat. There was no horse who could run with him without sacrificing themselves, and there was no horse who could come get him. He truly is a gift from God.”
Currently owned by WinStar Farm, CEO Elliot Walden confirmed there is a possible sale to Coolmore in place — which won’t be finalized until later this year.
“The day the horse leaves the racecourse is the end of his career and his future is entirely determined by the success of his progeny,” says Sam Bullard, director of stallions at Dalham Hall Stud in Newmarket, part of Sheikh Mohammed’s Godolphin racing outfit.