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Justify Breezes Five Furlongs in 1:01.40 at LouisvilleKY’s Churchill Downs for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes

Story and photo from ChurchillDowns.comLouisville, KY., – Under sunny skies and a comfortable 63 degrees, undefeated Kentucky Derby (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify completed his serious preparations for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) with a five-furlong breeze over a “fast” Churchill Downs track in 1:01.40 with Martin Garciain the saddle. With a few hundred spectators on hand, WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s colt came onto the track at 7:30 a.m.  Monday (all times Eastern) during a special 10-minute training period for locally-based Belmont Stakes contenders. Justify broke away from the stable pony Sunny and trainer Bob Baffert’s chief assistant Jimmy Barnes at the…


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Triple Crown contender Justify returns to LouisvilleKY to train for third jewel

Story and photo from www.churchilldowns.com   Louisville, KY., – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing’s undefeated Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner Justify returned to Churchill Downs on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. (all times Eastern) to begin training for the third jewel in racing’s Triple Crown, the June 9 Belmont Stakes (GI). “It was a very smooth trip back to Kentucky,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “We had a great trip to Pimlico. We brought two horses and they both won. The only thing that wasn’t so great was the weather….


Louisville’s Kentucky Derby Museum Has Made Some Changes for New Triple Crown Winner American Pharoah

Louisville, KY (June 6, 2015) – Several changes recognizing the historical achievement of American Pharoah as Thoroughbred racing’s 12th Triple Crown Champion will be unveiled at the Kentucky Derby Museum. Multiple banners and displays congratulating the most recent Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes victor are now for public consumption, including one located on the exterior of the Museum’s main entrance. “American Pharoah is a special, special horse, and has cemented himself as a legend in Thoroughbred racing,” Museum President Lynn Ashton said. “We’re thrilled to recognize his achievements to all of our guests and share in the celebration of…


Louisville’s Churchill Downs Horsemen Assess American Pharoah’s Triple Crown Bid

Louisville, Ky., – As Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah attempts to make history as the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978, some of Churchill Downs’ horsemen gave their expertise on whether or not the 3-year-old has what it takes. Here’s what they had to say: Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lukas: “I think he’ll win and win easy. The thing that makes American Pharoah probably in a better position than most of them in the past 30 years is the fact that he’s had two easy races [Rebel…


Belmont Week – Pharaoh Set For Final Breeze in Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 31, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah continued preparation for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) by galloping 1 1/2 miles over the Churchill Downs main track Sunday morning with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez in the irons. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert flew into Louisville Saturday night from his Southern California base to oversee the homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile’s training. With six days out, Baffert and his team are still maintaining a positive and relaxed attitude. “He looks very healthy and he’s happy;…


American Pharoah Returns to Louisville’s Churchill Downs

Louisville, Ky., – With his date with racing history in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (Grade I) on the near horizon, Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness (GI) winner American Pharoah returned to Churchill Downs on Monday to prepare for the third jewel of racing’s Triple Crown. The Bob Baffert-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile stepped off a van around 2:30 p.m. (all times EDT) at the track that has been his training center since his arrival for the Kentucky Derby on April 27.  American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2 and…