Interview With Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes Upon Arriving Back To Churchill Downs After Justify Wins Triple Crown At Belmont

(A Wonderful Photo of Justify and Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes getting off the van and back “home at Churchill Downs on Monday, June 11 — Photo Taken By The Amazing Holly M. Smith)

Holly Smith was at the track on Monday and caught the interview with Assistant Trainer Jimmy Barnes upon arriving back to Churchill Downs after Justify wins Triple Crown at Belmont. Justify is the second undefeated horse to win the Triple Crown after Seattle Slew in 1977. Justify will most likely stay at Churchill Downs until returning to Santa Anita.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds