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Triple Crown Winner Justify Has A Swollen Ankle, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 2 Weeks

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Justify is coming off a grueling schedule, winning six races in 111 days. He became the 13th Triple Crown winner of all time and the second horse to accomplish the feat since 1978.

But has all the racing taken a toll on him?

Justify is dealing with a swollen left-front ankle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks before returning to training.

“We just have to evaluate it,” Hall of Fame horse trainer Bob Baffert said of his horse’s ankle, via the Daily Racing Form. “It goes and it comes. I don’t know if it’s because he’s been training on a different track. But it’s the first time he’s ever had a little filling, so you have to be cautious.

“He’s not unsound. But he’s never carried any filling before. We gave him a couple of days, and then it came back. We’re being super-duper cautious.”

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As far as any future races for Justify, co-owner WinStar Farm announced any plans will be decided after his ankle gets checked out.

Options for his racing schedule are the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 18 at Del Mar and the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Del Mar, a racetrack just outside of San Diego where Baffert says Justify will ship to Del Mar sometime next week. He will based there for the summer meet, which begins on July 18.

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