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Speaking to media Monday morning with his string having relocated to Del Mar, trainer Bob Baffert announced that Justify will not be considered for a race at the seaside oval, with the Grade 1 Pacific Classic on Aug. 18 against older horses a speculated option.
Baffert also told reporters that Saratoga’s Grade 1 Travers Stakes for 3-year-olds is off the table.
— Bryce Miller (@Bryce_A_Miller) July 16, 2018
Connections relayed last week that the unbeaten Triple Crown winner is out of serious training — he continues to walk the shed row — due to swelling in his left-front ankle.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Baffert said that in terms of Justify being able to race again, “
I think we’ll know in a couple of weeks.”
The Nov. 3 Breeders’ Cup Classic remains possible. It is unclear whether the son of Scat Daddy would be able to prep for it or enter on what would be a nearly five-month layoff.
Parx Racing runs the Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby — a race Baffert won last year with eventual 3-year-old champion West Coast — on Sept. 22. On Sept. 29, Santa Anita Park stages the Grade 1 Awesome Again with older horses, offering a “Win and You’re In” spot to the Classic.
With Justify’s plans unknown, the Wynn Las Vegas has in the meantime taken the former 5-2 favorite off the board in its latest round of Breeders’ Cup Classic odds.
— Todd Strain (@TODDSTRAINNBCSD) July 16, 2018