Bob Baffert said he “loved” what he saw from Justify at Churchill Downs on Monday morning, the trainer’s first time with the Kentucky Derby winner in about a week.
Training in Louisville, Ky., ahead of Saturday’s Preakness, Justify jogged to the front of the grandstand under exercise rider Humberto Gomez before turning around for a brisk gallop, picking up the pace throughout.
“He looks no different than he did before the Kentucky Derby, so we’re pretty happy where we are right now,” said Baffert, who flew back home to California the day after the Derby and arrived in Louisville on Sunday night. “He looks healthy. He didn’t lose an ounce of...
Jockey Victor Espinoza guides California Chrome to a wire-to-wire victory in the San Felipe Stakes last month at Santa Anita Park.