Triple Crown winner vindicates Sires’ first BT winner

The undefeated winner of the Triple Crown Justify added to his early start at stud with his first black-type winner, the Aidan O’Brien-trained StatuetteJune 26 in Ireland.

Statuette had become Justify’s second winner and first overseas winner when she made her debut by three lengths on May 28 at Navan Racecourse. Making her second start in the Airlie Stud Stakes (G2), the 2-year-old filly won the six furlong event by three-quarter lengths at the Curragh under jockey Ryan Moore for owners Coolmore, Westerberg and Merriebelle Stables.

Bred in Kentucky by Merriebelle Stables and Orpendale/Chelston/Wynatt, Statuette is a daughter of multi-Group 1 winning mare Pivotal immortal verse . Statuette is a half-sister to last year’s winner of the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes (G1) Tenebrism (Caravaggio ), who placed fourth in the Coronation Stakes (G1) on June 17 at Royal Ascot.

After posting an average of $338,927 for 2-year-olds at sales this year, Justify was represented by four juvenile winners in addition to Statuette, including the colt put into play tahoma . The 2018 Horse of the Year captivated audiences with his remarkable run through the Triple Crown for owners China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm.

Justify is being held at Ashford Stud in Versailles, Kentucky, for a reported $100,000, live foal stalls and nurses.

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