Does A Four-Month Triple Crown-Winning Campaign ‘Justify’ An Eclipse Award?

Justify became the 13th winner of Thoroughbred horse racing’s Triple Crown this year, beginning and ending his career in the span of four short months for trainer Bob Baffert. The 3-year-old son of Scat Daddy has since been retired to stud having developed a filling in one leg.

Charles Hayward opined at that winning the Triple Crown shouldn’t automatically grant Justify the Eclipse Award for Champion 3-Year-Old Male.

“A four-month racing career can certainly win a Triple Crown, but a longer, more productive career may be better for the industry as a whole, and perhaps more deserving when it comes to handing out Eclipse awards,” Hayward wrote. “A key point is that there is still a lot of important racing ahead of us this year – and that must mean something when we’re looking to dish out Eclipse awards.”

Hayward points to Catholic Boy as a strong contender after his combination of Belmont Derby and Travers victories, and even suggests that Good Magic could pull votes if he garners a major G1 win later this fall.


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