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Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify retired from racing; connections disappointed, but thankful

KyForward staff Undefeated Kentucky Derby winner Justify has been retired from racing. The announcement came Wednesday. Justify crosses the finish line at Churchill Downs to win the Kentucky Derby and begin his successful pursuit of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The undefeated colt was retired from racing Wednesday (Photo by Mark Hansel). “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just...

Justify wins the Belmont Stakes and captures the Triple Crown, cementing Mike Smith’s legacy

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Justify took the Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion at Belmont Park Saturday, securing U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown and giving Hall-of-Fame jockey Mike Smith one of the few prizes that had eluded him in his illustrious career. The backdrop for Justify’s win in the Belmont Saturday was much different from his win in the slop five weeks...

Triple Crown on the line as undefeated Justify faces nine in Belmont; here is a breakdown of the field

By Liane Crossley Special to NKy Tribune Three years ago, thoughts of a Triple Crown seemed virtually impossible after nearly four decades without a winner, but American Pharoah proved the dream could become reality. Justify (Photo courtesy Benoit Photography)  Now Justify stands ready to join the elite 12 Triple Crown winners or add his name to a long list of Thoroughbreds who won two of the three...

Billy Reed: Member of ‘Slew Crew’ has a favorite when discussion starts over racing’s greatest horse

LOUISVILLE – It still is difficult to understand Jean Cruguet’s thick French accent, and that’s too bad because he’s perfectly happy to discuss the memorable spring, now 40 years ago, when he rode Seattle Slew to thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown. He is convinced, understandably, that Slew, the first colt and only colt to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont while still unbeaten, might...

Liane Crossley: Theories abound, but bottom line is Triple Crown wasn’t meant to be easy

There will be no winner of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown when the Belmont Stakes is contested on Saturday, June 8. Hopes for the first coronation since Affirmed won in 1978 ended with little fanfare when Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. Following his emphatic Derby score, Orb had been widely hailed as the heir apparent to Triple Crown...

Liane Crossley: Theories abound, but bottom line is Triple Crown wasn't meant to be easy

There will be no winner of Thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown when the Belmont Stakes is contested on Saturday, June 8. Hopes for the first coronation since Affirmed won in 1978 ended with little fanfare when Kentucky Derby winner Orb finished a well-beaten fourth in the Preakness Stakes on May 18. Following his emphatic Derby score, Orb had been widely hailed as the heir apparent to Triple Crown...