By Dick Downey
Justify returned to familiar conditions Sunday morning after rain rendered the track at Churchill Downs muddy.
“With the mud, we just jogged him straight off to begin his training,” assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said. “He then galloped about 1 1/8 miles but did everything well. We just didn’t want to do too much with him over the track condition.
Justify is no stranger to running on wet dirt after winning both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness over surfaces rated sloppy. He won his second career start on a muddy track at Santa Anita.
“He’s very good on a dry track as well, but unfortunately we’ve just been catching wet surfaces,” Barnes said. “I’ve seen him run on a dry surface, and I definitely like what I saw.”
Bob Baffert is scheduled to be in Louisville on Monday. Brandon Stauble, an analyst on TwinSpires' workout show, said this morning there is some talk Justify could possibly breeze on Tuesday, but this is not confirmed.
Also training Sunday at 7:30 were Bravazo, who jogged two miles with exercise rider Danielle Rosier aboard for D. Wayne Lukas, and Tenfold, who galloped about 1 3/8 mile with Angel Garcia for Steve Asmussen.
Free Drop Billy, Restoring Hope
Free Drop Billy was scheduled to work today, but the breeze was postponed to Monday morning after the track came up wet. Restoring Hope could breeze Monday or Tuesday while Baffert is in town. Restoring Hope, who finished well up the track in the Pat Day Mile on Derby day, worked last Tuesday.