With less than two weeks remaining before the 2018 Kentucky Derby, it looks like Justify might be the horse to beat at Churchill Downs. He was the 4/1 co-favorite with Mendelssohn on the horse racing futures market heading into the weekend; odds are pending at press time, but Justify has drawn praise for Saturday’s latest workout at Santa Anita Park, dusting off six furlongs in 1:13.
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Justify’s star continues to shine despite only racing three times for trainer Bob Baffert. The Kentucky-bred colt’s April 7 victory over former favorite Bolt d’Oro at the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby was clocked at a Beyer Speed Figure of 107, after he posted a 104 in his debut and a 101 at an allowance race – all on the dirt at Santa Anita. Justify is trying to become the first horse since Apollo (1882) to win the Run for the Roses without having raced as a 2-year-old.
Also putting in solid work over the weekend: Good Magic, the reigning Breeders’ Cup Juvenile champion. The Chad Brown-trained colt was available at 8/1 after winning the G2 Blue Grass Stakes, but could improve after putting in four furlongs in 48 seconds at Keeneland.