Stabile: Justify Training Well After Heel Bruise

Justify "looked lame" the day after the Kentucky Derby

Taz and the Moose
May 18, 2018 - 3:45 pm

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Horse racing analyst Anthony Stabile dropped by Taz & The Moose to preview the Preakness Stakes, which will take place Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. 

Justify, who won the Kentucky Derby by two-and-a-half lengths, will attempt to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, but he enters the race with a bit of uncertainty.

“The Sunday after the Derby, (Bob) Baffert walks him out, sort of like bringing out the gladiator at the end of a Coliseum battle, and he was noticeably off on his left hind leg – and when I say off, he looked lame,” Stabile said. “He quickly pointed out that he had this skin irritation and some superficial cuts and scrapes from the race, and then the next day it was announced that he had a minor heel bruise. They talked about how he was fitted with a different kind of horse shoe. This was a three-quarter shoe, so part of the shoe was actually missing, and it left the sore part of the heel open.”

That shoe has since been removed and replaced.

“Everything seems to be fine. He’s been training really well,” Stabile said. “But of course you have your concerns. This is a horse that didn't start until February 18 and now he’s going to be making his fifth start in 91 days. For the first time, him, Good Magic, Lone Sailor and Bravazo, they’re all coming back on two weeks rest – and none of these horses have ever done that before.”