Triple Crown contender Justify to wear China Horse Club silks at Belmont
WinStar President and CEO Elliott Walden says many people at the farm would prefer he wear WinStar silks, but it's not that big of a deal.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- When Justify races for the Triple Crown this weekend, there will be one noticeable difference.
Jockey Mike Smith won't be wearing white for WinStar Farm, like he did for the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. He'll be wearing red silks with gold stars for the China Horse Club.
The two groups are Justify's majority co-owners, and had an agreement before Justify ever ran that the jockey would rotate silks.
WinStar President and CEO Elliott Walden says many people at the farm would prefer he wear WinStar silks, but it's not that big of a deal. "It's not really important whose silks he wears. It's important how things work out, and if the horse wins the Triple Crown, we should be grateful. Quite honestly, I'm excited to see him run in the China Horse Club silks. I think China's going to be watching. And if China's watching, who knows what could happen in horse racing," Walden said.
Walden says the silks are used as a branding opportunity and he's not worried about superstition.
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