Mike Smith (jockey)

With ankle problem and 'nothing to prove,' undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired

With ankle problem and 'nothing to prove,' undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired

The chestnut colt appeared as if from nowhere, as an unraced 3-year-old, to capture this year’s Triple Crown. Now, just as quickly, Justify has been retired, done in by a bum ankle that will whisk him to WinStar Farm (Ky.), which announced Wednesday that the celebrated champion will stand at stud after a season well spent.

“It’s a bittersweet feeling,” said Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who rode Justify to victories in the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. “I’d love to ride him again, but this horse has nothing to prove.

“Justify did all we asked, and much more, in a matter of a few months. Did he make the most of that time, or what? He did more in a short...

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