Triple Crown winner Justify has had to put his career on hold after it was discovered that there was some filling in his ankle, according to a report on the Racing Post.
The horse will have his ankle checked out thoroughly before he begins training once again as his trainer Bob Baffert is eager for the problem to not worsen.
Justify became just the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and is the first since American Pharoah in 2015.
Baffert is disappointed with the news but hopes his star horse can pull through the problem to come back as good as ever.
When speaking about the situation, he said:
Justify had some filling in his left front ankle a week ago, which subsided in a couple days. I trained him last week and the filling came back. We want to get him checked out.
Justify has earned a stunning $3,798,000 for his six starts and is a huge asset to WinStar president and racing manager Elliot Walden.
Walden has witnessed the remarkable rise of Justify and is adamant that the horse can only keep getting better.
He’ll stay there with Bob and see what he can figure out, and see if the ankle goes down. To go from a maiden winner in February to an undefeated Triple Crown winner in June has been an incredible ride.
He is too special to the owners, our team, and all the fans he has around the world to not be 100 per cent healthy. As far as any future plans for him, they will be decided after we get him checked out. He is an amazing horse, and we are blessed by his presence.