American Triple Crown hero Justify is to undergo evaluation to ascertain the extent of a potential ankle problem.
The Bob Baffert-trained son of Scat Daddy became just the 13th horse in history to land the Triple Crown when he added last month’s Belmont Stakes to his victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes.
Baffert said on www.bloodhorse.com: “Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days.
“I trained him last week and the filling came back. We want to get him checked out.”
Ridden by Mike Smith, 52, Justify – who was unraced as a two-year-old – is only the second undefeated runner to win the Triple Crown, after the great Seattle Slew in 1977, with Baffert the second trainer to achieve the feat twice, following American Pharoah in 2015.
Elliott Walden, for part-owners WinStar Farm Ltd, said: “He is too special to the owners, our team, and all the fans he has around the world to not be 100 per cent healthy. As far as any future plans for him, they will be decided after we get him checked out.
“He is an amazing horse, and we are blessed by his presence.”