Justify hasn’t run yet but trainer Bob Baffert is already having a very good day.
He teamed up with jockey Mike Smith and owner China Horse Club to win the $750,000 Ogden Phipps Stakes for fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on Saturday. Abel Tasman, winner of last year’s Kentucky Oaks, made a powerful move on the backstretch and swept to a 7½-length win.
“She gets away slow and then she makes that big middle move,” Smith said. “Sometimes it’s better to let her do it, if they’re going slow. If they’re going fast and she does it, that’s when I’ve gotten myself in trouble and that’s happened before.”