Join Date: Jun 2017
Location: middle of nowhere
I agree. I understand why he was retired-- just too big of a risk to run him anymore given the pedigree he carries, but man, I think he would have been something very, very special given another season at the track. I'm glad to see American Pharoah's babies seem to be turning out nicely with good looks and stellar temperaments that will net them good homes even if they don't turn out to be speedsters on the track, and I hope the same for Justify. Given the blue-blooded mares parading into their breeding sheds, I would expect nothing less. My money is on AP being a superstar as a broodmare sire.
One does have to give credit to Baffert for winning the Triple Crown with two very different horses with very different builds, temperaments, and running styles. That's a training feat that takes talent, whether you like the guy or not. AP is very much the classic Thoroughbred, beautifully poised and balanced and runs like he's on a rail with a sweeping, efficient stride all in a very sweet, gentle, calm demeanor with a tendency to take care of himself and do what is asked. Justify is all power and gobbles up ground for lunch, but he's hot-tempered and aggressive and all of that size and muscle and speed on a still-growing body with a teenage attitude has a lot of potential to end badly. AP broke the Triple Crown drought, but I think the training job for Justify was by far harder to get right.
One of my friends' grandfather is 101. He watched Justify's Belmont, turned to my friend, and said "You never saw Man O' War, but that big red colt is as close as they've come since, and that includes Secretariat. I never thought I'd see another one like Man O' War, but I just did." Not a bad accolade by a gentleman who worked on the tracks for 50 years and trained horses his whole life.
Last edited by SilverMaple; 09-16-2019 at 04:49 PM.