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Baffert sees parallels between Justify and American Pharoah

Bob Baffert misses the simple pleasure of watching American Pharoah breeze.

On the verge of his second Triple Crown with Justify, the Hall of Fame trainer is quick to recall his admiration for his first history-making superhorse.

"I've never had a horse work like him," Baffert said. "His mechanics, his motion, just the way he did it. ... This horse is starting to act like Pharoah."

Justify isn't American Pharoah. He wasn't a 2-year-old champion and never seemed destined to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. American Pharoah looked bred and built for that.

Though Justify's path to this point has differed wildly from American...