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Justify
Justify

Justify

111 Days to Triple Crown Glory
By Lenny Shulman, Foreword by Steve Haskin

SPORTS & RECREATION

240 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $26.95 (US $26.95) (CA $35.95)

ISBN 9781629377018

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Apr 2019)

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Overview

With a trademark powerful stride amid a blaze of red and yellow silks, Justify emphatically crossed the finish line at the 2018 Belmont Stakes and became just the 13th winner of horse racing's elusive Triple Crown. One of the most charismatic and talented runners in the history of the sport, Justify was also one of its most unlikely champions; the late-blooming chestnut colt made his competitive debut only 111 days prior to that legendary victory. In Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory, veteran scribe Lenny Shulman (BloodHorse magazine) provides an insider account of this Thoroughbred's rise to greatness. Through extensive interviews and first-hand accounts, readers will discover the fascinatingly disparate cast of characters who were crucial to Justify's success, including trainer Bob Baffert, whose innate ability to identify equine talent also produced American Pharoah; Mike Smith, the 52-year-old jockey asserting himself in the miraculous third act of his career; and breeders John and Tanya Gunther, who believed in Justify's ability despite the developmental imperfections that drove buyers away. Packed with riveting action, keen insight, and behind-the-scenes perspectives on quieter figures like silent investors, international stakeholders, and unheralded training staff, Justify is an illuminating look at the modern Thoroughbred industry and an essential story for the ages.

Author Biography

Lenny Shulman is an Emmy Award-winning writer who has worked extensively in TV and film as well as for magazines and newspapers across the country. For 20 years he has served as features editor for BloodHorse magazine, the Thoroughbred industry's foremost trade publication. He is the author of Ride of Their Lives: The Triumphs and Turmoil of Today's Top Jockeys.Steve Haskin is a longtime Turf writer who has covered horse racing for 42 years and the Kentucky Derby/Triple Crown for 32 years. He has written six books on the sport, won numerous awards including six Red Smith Awards for his Kentucky Derby coverage, and in 2016 was elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame Media Roll of Honor.

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Justify

111 Days to Triple Crown Glory

By Lenny Shulman / Foreword by Steve Haskin

 

Contact: Sam Ofman, Triumph Books, 312.568.5450, sofman@ipgbook.com

 

Horse racing prides itself on its history. It is the Sport of Kings, a sport with an established tradition, iconic names, marquee events and memorable characters. In 2018, a Thoroughbred named Justify rewrote that history.

 

In Justify: 111 Days to Triple Crown Glory (Triumph Books, April 30, 2019), award-winning writer and BloodHorse editor Lenny Shulman explores Justify’s unprecedented run to the Triple Crown. Justify never raced as a two-year-old, didn’t have the foundation experts thought necessary for sustained success, overcame a bruised foot and faced a variety of track conditions during his remarkable run. In the end, none of it mattered. More than a century of racing trends and accepted logic couldn’t stand in the way of Justify’s rise to the Triple Crown. His accomplishments stand alone, and Shulman captures the magic of his unforgettable year in this great new title. Highlights include:

 

  • A heartfelt foreword from veteran racing writer Steve Haskin outlining Justify’s achievements and discussing the Thoroughbred’s legacy
  • Insights from the breeders who raised a young Justify, and why potential buyers weren’t sold on the colt’s value
  • Extensive interviews and profiles of the key players in Justify’s story, including trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith
  • Behind-the-scenes looks at all of Justify’s competitive races, including each leg of the Triple Crown

 

Justify captures the excitement of the most engaging and memorable horse in modern racing memory. In just 111 days, Justify went from an untested colt to a legend the likes of which horse racing had never seen. Shulman’s expertise and illuminating prose bring the story of Justify to life in a great new title that belongs in any serious fan’s library.

 

About the Author:

Lenny Shulman is an Emmy Award-winning writer who has worked extensively in TV and film as well as for magazines and newspapers across the country. For 20 years he has served as features editor for BloodHorse magazine, the Thoroughbred industry's foremost trade publication. He is the author of Ride of Their Lives: The Triumphs and Turmoil of Today's Top Jockeys. 

 

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