Justify clinched first place at the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
The horse’s victory on the muddied track brought him closer in his battle to score the Triple Crown, after winning the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
Preakness is the “Middle Jewel in the legendary Triple Crown where the best ponies and jockeys compete for a chance at the ultimate award in thoroughbred racing, ” according to the race website. “It it doesn’t be happening, it doesn’t happen.”
Justify, who was favored to win the race, and his jockey, Mike Smith, defeated seven other horses.
Competitors Bravazo and Tenfold scored second and third place, respectively, in the 1 3/16 -mile race.
Justify’s record now stands at 5-0 as he appears on to the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9.
It’s the sixth time in six tries that horse trainer Bob Baffert has won the Preakness after winning the Kentucky Derby. His seven Preakness victories matches the record to be prepared by R.W. Walden in the 1800 s.
The weather in Baltimore on Saturday was similar to the muddied conditions Justify faced during the course of its Kentucky Derby.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl and The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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