Mike Smith (jockey)

Preakness 2018: Justify looks good the day after, returns to Kentucky; Triple Crown next?

Preakness 2018: Justify looks good the day after, returns to Kentucky; Triple Crown next?

Justify’s trial by rain, mud and fog was over, and on Sunday morning, the sun finally beamed over Pimlico Race Course and the new Triple Crown aspirant.

He’d endured the hardest fight of his career in winning the Preakness the previous evening, but he looked none the worse for it as he boarded a van to the airport just after 8:30 a.m. Justify returned to Churchill Downs, where he’ll rest for a week before resuming training for the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

“He is good,” trainer Bob Baffert said. “For him, what he’s done, fifth race, it’s pretty incredible really. I’m in awe of the horse.”

Justify displayed none of the foot discomfort that spurred widespread concern the...

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