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Been Retired:

Justify will now start a new life as a stallion at Coolmore America in Versailles
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American Triple Crown winner Justify has been retired from racing.

The announcement came Wednesday following several weeks of speculation about his racing future after disclosure the three-year-old son of Scat Daddy had suffered recurring bouts of fluid filling in his left ankle following his Triple-Crown-securing win in the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

Trainer Bob Baffert was assigned the difficult task of breaking the disappointing news in a press release issued by the Champion’s connections:

“Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just not responding quick enough for a fall campaign,” wrote Baffert. “We all wanted to see Justify run again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect. Without 60 to 90 days, I cannot be definite (he can run).”

The 60-to-90-day time period is in response to Justify’s hoped-for entry in either the  August 18 Pacific Classic at Santa Anita, the August 25 Travers at Saratoga or the September 22 Pennsylvania Derby at Parx Racing near Philadelphia. Justify had already been ruled out for this Sunday’s Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park, New Jersey.

One or more of these races would have served as preparation for the ultimate goal of the Breeders’ Cup Classic November 3 at Churchill Downs, the site of his Kentucky Derby win enroute to the Triple Crown.

Justify is currently owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing. He is reportedly the recipient of a $75 million breeding agreement with Ireland-based Coolmore Breeding to stand in stud at its breeding facility in Kentucky beginning in January and perhaps shuttle to Australia for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season beginning in July. Details of the agreement have not been made public.

“He is an incredible horse, and we are very disappointed he can’t run again,” said WinStar Farm owner Kenny Troutt. “All things happen for a reason, and we are blessed to have raced him to be the 13th Triple Crown winner in history.”

His retirement opens the question of his historical place among Thoroughbred Champions.

He vanquished the so-called Curse of Apollo, becoming the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby since Apollo in 1882 after not having raced as a two-year-old. He went on to win the muddiest Kentucky Derby in recorded history by 2 1/2 lengths over Good Magic and Audible on May 5, and an equally muddy and fog-enshrouded Preakness at Pimlico in Baltimore May 19 by a half length over Bravazo and Tenfold before securing his place in history as the 13th Triple Crown winner at Belmont on June 9, beating Gronkowski and Hofburg.

Justify retires with a record of 6-0-0 and $3.78 million in earnings.

Beyond his legacy, there is the intriguing immediate question of his ranking in this year’s American Eclipse Awards, to be announced January 24, 2019 at Gulfstream Park, Florida.

Considered a shoe-in for Horse of the Year (HOY) as a Triple Crown winner, his retirement may open the door to other horses continuing to campaign through the summer and fall, most notably overall 8-1 and undefeated in 2018 Monomy Girl.

The popular Tapizar filly has won the G1 Kentucky Oaks, the filly complementary to the Kentucky Derby; the G1 CCA Oaks at Saratoga, the G1 Acorn Stakes at Belmont, the G1 Ashland Stakes at Keeneland and the G2 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA.

Trained by Brad H. Cox, she is now expected to contend against males sometime during the fall racing season to burnish her HOY chances.






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Its call Boutique Breeding...

Sire Scat Daddy retired as a 3YO after the 2007 Kentucky Derby because of an injury.

Grand Sire Johannesburg, champion as a 2YO but failed in Kentucky Derby and Golden Jubilee. Retired as a 3YO.

Great Grand Sire Hennessy, was also a brilliant 2YO winning twice at Saratoga and 2nd in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile. Retired as a 3YO never running a race at that age.

Great Great Grand Sire Storm Cat - only ran  8 times. Had a injury plagued career and never ran as a 4YO. But his stud fee was $500,000 later in his career. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

You start to see a pattern. Justify will be just a continuum of the blazing stars with brilliant offspring that will not run past their 3YO career.
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Very interesting analysis Brudder.
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Yes, interesting seeing the facts put  straight before you like that. Thumbs Up Wonder will he shuttle ?   Got to womder how Scat Daddys would go here, even tho they do well in the US.

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FWIW the two Scat Daddy sires I can find in Oz never raced beyond 3, in which season their performances were inferior to those at 2.  
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Are those the 2 at Coolmore, SC  ?   They are the only 2 I can find, which makes one think Coolmore are trying to keep the SDs to themselves ?
Brudder makes a good point with his above summation of the sire line.
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Originally posted by Brudder_A Brudder_A wrote:

Its call Boutique Breeding...

Sire Scat Daddy retired as a 3YO after the 2007 Kentucky Derby because of an injury.

Grand Sire Johannesburg, champion as a 2YO but failed in Kentucky Derby and Golden Jubilee. Retired as a 3YO.

Great Grand Sire Hennessy, was also a brilliant 2YO winning twice at Saratoga and 2nd in the Breeder's Cup Juvenile. Retired as a 3YO never running a race at that age.

Great Great Grand Sire Storm Cat - only ran  8 times. Had a injury plagued career and never ran as a 4YO. But his stud fee was $500,000 later in his career. hmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

You start to see a pattern. Justify will be just a continuum of the blazing stars with brilliant offspring that will not run past their 3YO career.



Just re reading this.    Is this a sire line that produces unsound horses ?     its sure looking like it ??   Speedy squibs that break down early ?    Hmmmm, why would you breed to this line ?   Looking at the stats Brudder has given us ??  
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The emphasis has been on the race ability of the breed. Think outside the square a little bit. How have the mares from the sire lines mentioned gone here in Aust? Storm cat, Hennessy, Johannesberg. D
Have any made an impact if the progeny of this sideline only last 12 months on the track?
My opinion, all have been flops as Sires and broodmare sires. So why should we be holding our breath to hear "the best of the line", "best performed of the line", "most prepotent of sirelines"?
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I hear Henry Field has announced that Justify will stand at Newgate next year. 
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