‘More professional’ Justify all set for Triple Crown bid

Baffert star aiming to emulate American Pharoah

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Justify is aiming to become the first unraced juvenile to win the American Triple Crown when he lines up in the Belmont Stakes in New York on Saturday.

After a 37-year wait for a Triple Crown winner one man, Bob Baffert, now stands on the verge of achieving it twice in four years.

The training great prepared American Pharoah to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and the Belmont in 2015, and the unbeaten Justify is an odds-on favourite to repeat the feat.

“Let’s see if he can do it,” Baffert told www.nyra.com.

“He came out of nowhere, and now he’s picking up steam. People say, ‘Oh, he’s so beautiful. What a beautiful horse.’ He’s become a rock star, like Pharoah, so let’s see if he can do it.

“He has to break well. I remember Pharoah was in the gate and he stepped back right when it opened, and he broke about a length off.

“He (Victor Espinoza) hustled him immediately, but that could have been bad. He could have stumbled or somebody could have cut him off. I always worry about the break. The break is so important. After that, you have to let it happen.

“He’s a seasoned horse now. He’s had those five races. I can just tell he’s more professional.”

‘More professional’ Justify all set for Triple Crown bid
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