Justify won the Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.
The horse’s victory in the cloud and mud brought him closer in his quest to score the coveted Triple Crown, after winning the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
Preakness is the “Middle Jewel in the legendary Triple Crown where the best horses and jockeys compete for a chance at the ultimate award in thoroughbred racing, ” according to the race website. “If 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.
“He got a little tired, ” Smith told. “This is his hardest race that he’s had.”
Competitors Bravazo and Tenfold finished in second and third place, respectively, in the 1 3/16 -mile race.
Justify’s record now stands at 5-0 as he seems on to the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9. If the pony wins there, it would be trainer Bob Baffert’s second Triple Crown victory in four years.
“I’m so happy that we got it done, ” Baffert told. “I’ve never had one running that fast here.”
It’s also the sixth time in six tries that 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 rainy, muddied conditions Justify faced during the Kentucky Derby.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl and The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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