LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Why was Kentucky Derby champion Justify favoring his left hind leg as trainer Bob Baffert walked him around briefly outside his barn for the assembled media and onlookers Sunday morning? Baffert said it's a condition much like diaper rash.
It's called scratches and it can be irritated by running on the kind of wet and sloppy conditions Justify encountered in winning Saturday's 144th Run for the Roses.
“It’s not an issue,” Baffert said Monday. “It was sensitive there. It’s like a diaper rash, what he’s got. He looked great today.”
Baffert was already back in California with his assistant Jimmy Barnes in charge in Louisville. Justify is not scheduled to return to the track until Wednesday. He will likely stay at Churchill Downs until the following Wednesday before heading to Baltimore for the May 19th Preakness Stakes.
"He's had it before," Baffert said. "You get it from wet [tracks] and you have to soften it up. It can be irritating. When he stepped on those rocks [outside the barn], it bit him. That’s why he did that. Because he was fine in the morning and today he was fine.”
The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is still expected to check Justify.
Along with the derby winner other possible starters for the Preakness include runner-up Good Magic and a pair of D. Wayne Lukas horses, Bravazo who finished 6th in the derby and Sporting Chance, who was fourth in the Pat Day Mile the same day. A couple of other new shooters could be the Tampa Bay Derby winner and Arkansas Derby runner-up Quip and Federico Tesio winner Diamond King.
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