Triple Crown winner Justify was retired from racing Wednesday because of fluid in his left front ankle. Caution over the horse’s ankle condition made it impossible to tell whether he’d be healthy enough to race by the fall. The goal was for Justify to run in a major race this summer, but instead, he was taken out of training earlier this month because of swelling in his ankle. Justify won all six career starts, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to capture the Kentucky Derby after not racing as a 2-year-old. He won the Preakness and Belmont Stakes to become the 13th Triple Crown winner and second in the past four years. Justify is expected to return to WinStar Farm in Kentucky next month.

Triple Crown winner Justify retires from racing


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