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Diver52
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:13 am

I didn't get the poster, but Justify looked spectacular. He's grown into his reputation. I was there for the SA Derby and he's a lot more horse now. :shock:
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Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:17 am

worth repeating from todays LATimes newsletter.....

I’ve often lauded the ambassadors that trainer Bob Baffert and Smith are for the sport. But here’s what Ed Golden, who writes the stables notes for Santa Anita’s publicity department, reported from Clockers’ Corner on Saturday morning.

“Two new faces among the crowd were a husband and wife from La Palma, which borders Orange County and Los Angeles County, some 32 miles and 36 minutes from Arcadia,” Golden wrote.

“It was their first visit to a racetrack, and they came to see Justify. The man, who happened to be an amputee, was in a wheelchair, while the woman sat at a table nearby, both like children on Christmas morning, absorbing Santa Anita’s singular atmosphere in wide-eyed wonderment.

“When Justify’s trainer, the readily recognizable Bob Baffert, happened to appear, the man asked if he would join them for a photo. Baffert complied. The couple was overjoyed.

“Thanks to Baffert’s act of kindness, the two first-time racetrackers are likely to return again and again, and at a time when racing needs all the goodwill and live bodies it can get, it was a gesture that serves the game well.”

I’ve said it before, but I’ve never seen Baffert say “no” to a request from race fans. And he’s the biggest name in the sport. Try that in any other sport.
http://www.latimes.com/sports/more/la-s ... e-81971101
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Thu Jun 28, 2018 11:19 am

Jogging strong @ SantaAnita this morning...

https://twitter.com/zoecadman/status/10 ... 9232363521
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Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:59 pm

I know Justify started out in some other trainer's barn, but I don't know whether that was always just a "starting out" assignment or whether he was transferred to Baffert only when he looked like something special. Anyone can clarify?
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Fri Jun 29, 2018 12:50 am

Diver52 wrote:I know Justify started out in some other trainer's barn, but I don't know whether that was always just a "starting out" assignment or whether he was transferred to Baffert only when he looked like something special. Anyone can clarify?
From the Justify (horse) Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justify_(horse) ...

He was initially sent to trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland but pulled a muscle and was given time to recover and grow into his frame.
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tcw wrote:
Diver52 wrote:I know Justify started out in some other trainer's barn, but I don't know whether that was always just a "starting out" assignment or whether he was transferred to Baffert only when he looked like something special. Anyone can clarify?
From the Justify (horse) Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justify_(horse) ...

He was initially sent to trainer Rodolphe Brisset at Keeneland but pulled a muscle and was given time to recover and grow into his frame.
Brisset/Baffert, sounds similar, just different.

And it's not like Brisset came away empty handed, he got the best horse he's ever had from them, G2 winner Quip, so it all equals out in the end, sort of.
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Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:01 pm

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Almost a month after Justify's Triple Crown-clinching victory in the Belmont Stakes Presented by NYRA Bets (G1), trainer Bob Baffert is still taking it relatively easy on his undefeated superstar.

Baffert considered breezing the Scat Daddy colt this week at Santa Anita Park, but a variety of factors changed the trainer's mind, and Justify did not go to the track for any training July 5. A future race target has not been disclosed by Justify's connections.

"He's finally showing that he's a horse," Baffert said, in reference to the strain of the Triple Crown run, in which the chestnut colt won six races in 112 days. "He lightened up a bit, and we're trying to get a little weight on him. The only way to get weight back on is to back off a little. I can just tell he needs a little more time."

Record-setting heat expected in the Los Angeles area July 6-8 also played a part.

"With the heat and all of that, we've got to be a little careful," Baffert said. "There's no timeline (for his next breeze)."

Baffert said there have been positive signs from the four-time grade 1 winner around the barn, as well.

"He still looks bright," the trainer said. "If you put your arm out there, he'll try to take it away from you. As long as he's in attack mode, he's good."
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:48 pm

I'm a big fan of happy endings, and I'm casting my ballot for retirement now.
The only way I wanted to see him in the Haskell, Travers, BCC was if everything was on a 100% easy path.

It's obvious now that there's work to be done to get him back to the races, and I just don't see the reward vs. risk.

Turning the page, next.

Thanks for the memories.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:40 pm

Just posted - I am assuming this refers to a problem from last week and hoping it isn't a problem this week.
Alicia Wincze Hughes‏ @BH_AHughes · 3m3 minutes ago

Per release, Justify is going to be evaluated for some filling in his left front ankle. “Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days,” said trainer Bob Baffert.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:55 pm

Justify to Undergo Evaluation, Racing Plans on Hold
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 3:59 pm

I'd sure love to see him run in the Haskell but not if he isn't 110% right ... Hopefully this is nothing that a little R&R won't take care of. Maybe he will still make the Travers/Breeder's Cup
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:15 pm

Aaaaand this is why I wanted to see him get some vacation at Winstar. Not talking about the filling, talking about him losing weight. I really don't get why they didn't send him there after the TC.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 4:21 pm

Kurenai wrote:Aaaaand this is why I wanted to see him get some vacation at Winstar. Not talking about the filling, talking about him losing weight. I really don't get why they didn't send him there after the TC.
As I understood it, his trainer said that he was the kind of horse who thrived on training and being competitive, that he was not the kind of horse who would be easy to stop on for R&R then restart the training regimen all over again.
I've found it easier to tear up tickets at 8/1 instead of 8/5.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:46 pm

Well I have a feeling a retirement notice is coming soon. I hope not though.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 5:54 pm

Of course, I want the best for Justify, but I'm feeling pretty bummed as I just bought tickets for the Haskell, and was going to surprise my sister visiting from the UK that week, with a trip to see a Triple Crown winner racing. I guess we'll still go as it will be fine day of racing, but.....
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:07 pm

Flanders wrote:Well I have a feeling a retirement notice is coming soon. I hope not though.
I have the same feeling. It would be disappointing if he did not run again, but I'm good either way. He took us all on a helluva ride this spring and we owe him a healthy and sound retirement from the track.

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Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:10 pm

Surprised they are not sending him to Dr Bramlage to be evaluated. Agree a rest at WinStar would have been best for the horse but Bob doesn’t seem to want to do that with his horses ( Arrogate too). Feel he will be retired soon. At least we got to enjoy him for a few months.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:37 pm

Squeaky wrote:Surprised they are not sending him to Dr Bramlage to be evaluated. Agree a rest at WinStar would have been best for the horse but Bob doesn’t seem to want to do that with his horses ( Arrogate too). Feel he will be retired soon. At least we got to enjoy him for a few months.
It doesn't really make sense to send him the whole way to Kentucky to visit a vet. They have vets in California. They will check him there and see what the problem is and if they can't find anything then maybe they send him to Kentucky to be evaluated. Either way, if they decide they need to completely stop on him right now for say 2 months, they wont have time to bring him back.
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Tue Jul 10, 2018 6:38 pm

Can't say I'm surprised, I kinda always felt like this is what was going to happen. Did not say anything and I hoped I was wrong.

Maybe some rest will do him some good and be all he needs.
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