NEW YORK (AP) Triple Crown winner Justify will get a well-deserved break and then race again this year, although no date or location has been targeted yet after the colt came out of his Belmont Stakes victory in good condition.
Elliott Walden of WinStar Farm said Sunday the multi-owner group that controls Justify wants to share the horse with the public by racing him. A plan will be formulated once the chestnut colt recovers from a compressed schedule that saw him win six races over 111 days since his debut on Feb. 18.
Justify is set to return to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Monday. On June 17, the colt will travel to trainer Bob Baffert’s base in Southern California to await his next move.
Justify became the 13th Triple Crown winner and second in four years with a victory Saturday in the Belmont after winning the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) Vale Dori defeated La Force by three-quarters of a length to win the $300,000 Zenyatta Stakes in an upset at Santa Anita on Sunday.
Abel Tasman, the 1-9 favorite trained by Bob Baffert, finished next-to-last, beaten 10 1/2 lengths. Vale Dori, an 11-1 shot also trained by Baffert, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.88 under Joe Talamo. The Grade 1 victory earned her an automatic berth in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs on Nov. 3.
Vale Dori snapped a six-race skid.
Bettors waged $474,683 to show on Abel Tasman, who was fresh off a pair of Grade 1 victories in New York under Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith. But she broke poorly from the starting gate and never fired.
“I’m as shocked as everybody else, but they’ll do that,” Baffert said. “I’m worried about (Abel Tasman) because Mike said she was lethargic, and she’s up there where all these sick horses are, so I hope she’s not getting sick.”
Vale Dori returned $24.60, $13.20 and $40.60. She earned $180,000, and increased her career earnings to $1,365,567.
La Force paid $8.40 and $14.60. Shenandoah Queen was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $26.60 to show.
With the Breeders’ Cup the first weekend in November at Churchill Downs in Kentucky, the race is on to qualify for the Classic, sprints and turf stakes. NBC Sports is set to broadcast this weekend’s “Super Saturday” stretch of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series on Saturday, September 29.
The day will be highlighted by the Awesome Again Stakes and the Jockey Club Gold Cup Stakes, two “win and you’re in” qualifier races that guarantee the winners a spot in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 3. Accelerate headlines Awesome Again at Santa Anita, and Diversify will try to win the Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont for the second year in a row.
How to watch:
What: Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Super Saturday”
When: September 29, 2018
Broadcast time: 7-9 p.m. ET
Where to watch: NBCSN, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app