Justify, who has won every race with great dominance, showed the Triple Crown is not a certainty after horses seriously challenged him deep in the stretch as he started to tire. He still won the 143rd Preakness Stakes on Saturday by half a length and is likely headed to Belmont in three weeks to see if he can become the 13th Triple Crown winner.
Of the 134,487 in attendance, no one except the jockeys can say they actually saw the race. At mid-afternoon a heavy fog enveloped Pimlico Race Course, and it just got worse as the day wore on.
It was exactly a year ago when it became public that the Stronach Group was sending its fix-it guy, Tim Ritvo, to Santa Anita to try and improve the racetrack. There has been a learning curve, but Ritvo said Saturday on Preakness Day that he’s good with the progress.
“We’re bullish on Santa Anita,” he said. “It should be the gem of the West Coast.
“It’s like an old ocean liner. I think we’re trying to turn the ship around and get it going, and we’re in the process of turning it around..”