BC-RAC-Justify Returns, 140Justify back at Churchill Downs after winning Triple CrownAP Photo KYTE10, KYTE102, KYTE103Eds: APNewsNow. Racing officials have not yet received confirmation from Baffert, but they remain hopeful that the colt could be paraded in conjunction with the presentation of the Kentucky Derby trophy to his connections.
Belmont second-place finisher Gronkowski, owned by Phoenix Thoroughbred III, made his North American debut in the race for owner Phoenix Thoroughbred III. Galloping through fractions of 23.37 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.11 for the half, 1:13.21 for three quarters and 1:38.09 for the mile, Justify entered the far turn without having been asked for run, still two lengths clear of his stablemate and closest rival, with Bravazo hanging on in third. 'He got really rank with him.
"Rank" means that the horse ignored the jockey's attempts to rein in his speed.
"It baffled me", Repole told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday. Owned by WinStar, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and SF Bloodstock, Justify is scheduled to ship Monday to Louisville, where he will stay at Churchill Downs for the next week or so.
"I'd never thought I'd be this close to the most famous race horse in the world", King said.
'Who knows if he would have won the race anyway?
But the New York State Gaming Commission confirmed that there were no plans for its steward, Steve Lewandowski, to discuss it with Geroux. "His only chance was to be up near the lead in the first wave because he's like a one-dimensional horse".
'If said violation is without such effect upon the finish of the race, penalty therefore may be applied against the offender only'.