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Now, after winning the Kentucky Derby, Baffert is more confident in comparing the horses. A lot of people including myself were very wary of him because he had only raced 3 times and never as a 2-year-old.

"It would take a horse like him to break that curse". Baffert is four for four in winning the Preakness after winning the Derby. American Pharaoh, also trained by Baffert, accomplished the feat, ending a 37-year drought.

Justify began racing in February and won his first race, at Santa Anita, by 9 1/2 lengths.

As if there were any sort of doubt, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed Sunday morning that Kentucky Derby champion Justify would continue his quest for the Triple Crown at the Preakness Stakes on May 19. "Right now I'm just thinking about keeping him healthy".

"When I came out of the stall, he was pulling me", the trainer said.

When asked about the race right after his big win, the first thing Smith does is thank Jesus, telling reporters, "I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us on this afternoon, and blessing us with this fantastic horse". Good Magic was second, while Audible finished third.

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It's already been declared that most of the better horses are skipping the last two legs of the Triple Crown or are holding off until the Belmont Stakes.

"I want him back in NY and that gives me time to decide what's next", Brown said.

"You run a horse back in two weeks off an effort like this, even if he's not going to run for a while, it doesn't mean it's good for the horse long-term".

"He's a superior horse", said Baffert, who captured his fifth Derby.

So whats next for the Kentucky Derby Winner? "If he wins the Preakness then we'll see".


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