As Justify edges toward Triple Crown glory, trainer Bob Baffert stays calm and collected

“They breathe different air.” High praise echoed from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert as he juxtaposed the similarities of his current Triple Crown hopeful Justify with his Triple Crown winner American Pharaoh from 2015. Justify, who has an unblemished record in five career starts, stands just a mile and a half of grueling terrain of Belmont Stakes track away from becoming the 13th horse to ever claim the prestigious title; however, his trainer is almost all-too-familiar with the current situation. Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert is on the verge of leading…

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Penny Chenery among 12 new members elected to Racing HOF

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney and Penny Chenery are among 12 members elected to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. Also selected Wednesday by the Hall of Fame’s Pillars of the Turf Committee were: Elias J. ”Lucky” Baldwin, August Belmont I, Cot Campbell, John W. Galbreath, Arthur B. Hancock, Sr., Hal Price Headley, John Morrissey, Dr. Charles H. Strub, William Collins Whitney, and Harry Payne Whitney. They join the previously announced selections of thoroughbreds Heavenly Prize and Preakness, and trainer William Lakeland in the class…

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Preakness looks like Justify’s race to lose after Derby win

BALTIMORE (AP) Opposing trainers at the Preakness always want to see the Kentucky Derby winner up-close and then set their sights on trying to beat that horse. This year, they can see Justify. They just don’t know if they can beat him. There’s such a sense of awe about Justify and an aura around the heavy favorite that it’s clear it’ll take something significant to beat him. Watching Justify hold off Good Magic in the Derby impressed trainer Chad Brown enough to calm his expectations. Article continues below … ”I…

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Baffert, Justify hope to shine at potentially wet Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead. The roar from the crowd was delayed, hushed by the thick fog that enveloped the track. When Justify emerged from the haze in view of the grandstand, trainer Bob Baffert could see jockey Mike Smith’s white silks and knew his horse had been pushed to his limit with 100 yards left to go. ”I knew he was in for a fight,” Baffert said. ”I knew this was not going to be…

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The Latest: Rain soaks fans, creates sloppy track at Pimlico

BALTIMORE (AP) The Latest on Saturday’s 143rd running of the Preakness (all times local): 7:15 p.m. Justify emerged from the fog and sloshed his way to another impressive victory, holding off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness on Saturday and keep alive the chance for trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown champion in four years. Article continues below … On a sloppy track similar to the conditions in the Kentucky Derby, Justify improved to 5-0 and will go to the Belmont Stakes on June 9 looking to do the…

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Justify surges down final stretch for Preakness Stakes glory, shot at Triple Crown

BALTIMORE (AP)– Kentucky Derby winner Justify crosses finish line first in muddy Preakness, setting up Triple Crown run at Belmont. With jockey Mike Smith in the saddle, Justify held off seven challengers to remain unbeaten and apparently giving trainer Bob Baffert his record-tying seventh Preakness victory. #JUSTIFY CONTINUES HIS #TRIPLECROWN QUEST WITH A VICTORY IN THE #PREAKNESS! — Preakness Stakes (@PreaknessStakes) May 19, 2018 Bravazo finished second and Tenfold took third in the 1 3/16-mile race. It’s the sixth time in six tries that Baffert has won the Preakness after…

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Belmont distance, fatigue test Justify in Triple Crown bid

BALTIMORE (AP) Justify keeps showing something new each time he races. In the Kentucky Derby, he showed he could run in the mud in a crowded, 20-horse field. In the Preakness, he showed he could withstand the challenge of a top rival pressing him early and hold off others before the finish line – also in the mud. For his next trick, he’ll need to show he can endure the grueling 1 -mile Belmont in New York on June 9. And it he does that, Justify will become horse racing…

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Good Magic’s fast start leads to disappointing finish

BALTIMORE (AP) Dueling in the fog in front of 134,487 fans straining to see the action, Good Magic gamely jumped to the lead in the Preakness and held the rail. Every time Kentucky Derby winner Justify got close, Good Magic withstood the challenge. After one horse nosed in front, the other gave no ground. ”It was like they had their own private match race,” Justify trainer Bob Baffert said. Article continues below … In the end, however, Good Magic and jockey Jose Ortiz again had their faces sprayed with mud…

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Preakness could ultimately land on ‘super track’ at Laurel

BALTIMORE (AP) Belinda Stronach has lofty goals for horse racing in Maryland, and she isn’t so sure Pimlico Race Course is the place to make it all happen. Stronach, the chairman and president of The Stronach Group, which owns and operates Pimlico and Laurel Park, spoke to The Associated Press Saturday about the future of the Preakness as rain poured on the infield chalet with her last name on it. ”There’s a lot of tradition here with respect to the Preakness,” Stronach said. ”Every year we try to do things…

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Red Ruby pulls away to easy victory in Black-Eyed Susan

BALTIMORE (AP) Following an unplanned two-month break from racing, Red Ruby returned with a flourish in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes. Red Ruby pulled away from Coach Rocks on a sloppy track Friday and cruised to a 4 3/4-length victory, her third career win in five tries. The Grade 2, $250,000 race for 3-year-old fillies was run on a cold, rainy afternoon at Pimlico Race Course. Article continues below … Not long after finishing fourth in the Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park on March 18, Red Ruby got spooked and ”had…

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