justify the unbeaten triple crown winner


Jockey: Mike Smith

Trainer: Bob Baffert

WinStar Farm

Career record: 6: 6-0-0

Justify is a American Thoroughbred champion racehorse who is the thirteenth and most recent winner of the American Triple Crown. He also was the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a two-year-old.

Justify first attracted attention with a win in his debut on February 18, 2018. He followed up with two more victories, including the Grade One Santa Anita Derby that qualified him for the 2018 Kentucky Derby. Justify then won that race and the 2018 Preakness Stakes and 2018 Belmont Stakes to win the Triple Crown. He was retired undefeated several weeks after the Belmont and became the only American Triple Crown winner who was undefeated in their whole career.

Justify is only the second horse to win the American Triple Crown with an undefeated record, following Seattle Slew, from whom Justify is descended. Other Justify ancestors include SecretariatCount FleetWar AdmiralOmaha, and Gallant Fox, all of whom also won the American Triple Crown. He is also a descendant of English Triple Crown winner Nijinsky. Of the 13 American Triple Crown winners, Justify is the first who did not race as a two-year-old.

On September 11, 2019, it was revealed via The New York Times that Justify tested positive for scopolamine, a banned substance that can be performance-enhancing, in excess of what is normally found in tainted feed. The positive came just a few days after the Santa Anita Derby and would have normally resulted in disqualification but the California Horse Racing Board ultimately dismissed the case.

Race record


  • Belmont Stakes Winner – Presented by NYRA Bets (USA-G1, 12FD, Belmont)
  • Preakness Stakes Winner (USA-G1, 9.5FD, Pimlico)
  • Kentucky Derby – Winner – Presented by Woodford Reserve (USA-G1, 10FD, Churchill Downs)
  • Santa Anita Derby Winner (USA-G1, 9FD, Santa Anita)

Justify Honors

  • Eclipse Award, American Horse of the Year (2018)
  • Eclipse Award, American champion 3-year-old male (2018)

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