It's official - Triple Crown hero Justify to stand at Coolmore's Ashford Stud
As expected, the son of Scat Daddy will stand alongside American Pharoah
The worst-kept secret in bloodstock is out, as WinStar Farm officially confirmed on Friday that the deal between the owners of Justify and Coolmore America regarding the Triple Crown winner’s stallion career is being finalised.
“After much deliberation with all the partners, we’ve decided to accept Coolmore’s offer to stand Justify,” said Elliott Walden, president, CEO and racing manager of WinStar Farm.
“As you can imagine, this is a bittersweet moment for all of us connected to this special horse who gave us the ultimate thrill of a lifetime. We believe strongly in Justify as a stallion and the ownership group has retained breeding rights.
"We look forward to supporting him at Ashford Stud.”
Justify was campaigned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners LLC, and Starlight Racing and trained by Bob Baffert.
A son of the late Scat Daddy, he won all his six starts in a career that lasted just under four months, starting with a flashy nine and a half-length victory on his debut at Santa Anita in February.
After just two starts - both wins - he powered to a three-length win in the Santa Anita Derby.
Justify broke the 'Curse of Apollo' by winning the Kentucky Derby by two and a half lengths, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the run for the roses without starting as a two-year-old.
He made all to take the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico and sealed the Triple Crown with a triumph by clear water in the Belmont Stakes, becoming the first undefeated Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew.
He was retired after his third Classic victory due to injury.
Justify will follow in the footsteps of his late sire Scat Daddy by standing at Coolmore's Ashford Stud in Kentucky, and joins fellow Triple Crown winner American Pharoah there.
“We look forward to standing our second Triple Crown winner at Ashford Stud,” said MV Magnier.
“Let’s hope he proves as good as his sire Scat Daddy.”
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