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Mike Smith discusses Justify's retirement plans

Mike Smith discusses Justify's retirement plans Photo: AP

Casey Torres
July 26, 2018 07:28 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. - Justify, the three-year-old colt that made history by becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown, is retiring.

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“It takes a great horse, an unbelievably great horse to do what he did,” Mike Smith said during a FaceTime interview. “He’s a little more than special.”

New Mexico native Mike Smith rode Justify to victory at the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.

Smith says Justify has an ankle injury, making him unavailable for the Breeder's Cup in November.

“With the time that he needs, you can’t get him ready 100 percent for that race,” Smith said. “If any horse could pull it off, it would be him, but it’s just not fair to take that chance with him.”

Justify may be retired from the track, but he will still earn his owners millions of dollars in breeding fees.

“He’s going to make babies,” Smith laughed. “He’s going to live the life, let’s put it that way.”

As for Smith, he won’t be calling it quits just yet. He said he’ll ride for three or four more years.

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