Mike Smith (jockey)

Special 'farewell' ceremony held for Triple Crown winner Justify

Special 'farewell' ceremony held for Triple Crown winner Justify

Undefeated Triple Crown winner Justify was paraded before the Del Mar crowd on July 28 in a “farewell” ceremony. The 3-year-old chestnut colt was retired last week, and is headed to Kentucky to begin his breeding career.

“You know, it’s just a little bit sad,” said his jockey, Mike Smith. “Now it’s real. He’s really going. Understand, I’m happy for him. He’s going to be happy where he’s going. I’m just glad I was part of all this. Special horse; special time. We’ll miss him.”

“I’m sort of sad right now,” said his trainer, Bob Baffert. “It’s like when (Triple Crown winner) American Pharoah won the Breeders’ Cup (in his last race). The next day I was so sad. … There was a lot of...

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