Through the Eyes & Lens of Holly M. Smith: Justify Makes Public Appearance at Churchill Downs as Triple Crown Winner

Here is a look at Justify, in his first public appearance at Churchill Downs since winning the Belmont S
takes and becoming the 13th Triple Crown winner and the second undefeated Triple Crown winner, along with the great, late Seattle Slew.

Tonight’s view, through the eyes of our own Holly M. Smith, one of the finest equine photographers of all time:

(The great and newest Triple Crown winner, Justify, at Churchill Downs on Saturday night / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

(Justify gets to greet some of his fans at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly  M. Smith)

(The great Justify in black & white / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

They’re taking way too long for this (before the DQ). The longer this goes it certainly isn’t good. But, after the way that horse hit McKinzie at the top of the stretch . . . give me a break. It was game over.

(After the announcement of McKinzie being disqualified) “That’s some bulls . . . Javier had a better story, I guess. I’m shocked, after the way he hit us at the top of the stretch. I don’t know what they’re looking at, but apparently he talked them into it. That’s why they should never talk to the jockeys, just watch it themselves.”

Bob Baffert, McKinzie Trainer, Second San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita
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