Kentucky Derby winner Justify a credible Triple Crown contender

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Justify heads to Preakness and Belmont with prospect of history after Mendelssohn’s slow start and early bump ended his race

Ryan Moore said before Saturday’s Kentucky Derby that there were “a couple of what could be exceptional horses in there‚“ and in the case of Justify at least, he was right on the money.

As for Moore’s mount Mendelssohn, who knows? The racing surface here was fast on Saturday morning, just as it was in Dubai in late March when he set himself up for the Run For The Roses. After record rainfall both for a Kentucky Derby day and for 5 May in Louisville, it was slop, and a slow start and early bump ensured that his race was over almost as soon as it had begun.

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Written by Greg Wood at Churchill Downs
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