The unbeaten and lightly raced Justify, the current favorite for the Kentucky Derby on May 5, turned in his penultimate drill for the race early Saturday morning at Santa Anita, officially going six furlongs in 1:13 after breaking off at the five-furlong pole.
Justify, who started one length back of his workmate, was two in front at the wire after five furlongs that trainer Bob Baffert caught in 1:00.80. Justify, with Drayden Van Dyke aboard, continued to work to the seven-eighth's pole, and he galloped out seven furlongs in 1:26.80 on Baffert's watch.
"Looked good, didn't he?" Baffert said. "He's a machine."
Santa Anita clockers had Justify in 25 for his opening quarter, 37 for three furlongs, five furlongs in 1:00.80, and six in 1:13, meaning he went the final three furlongs in 36 seconds.
Justify will work once more at Santa Anita and is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs the week of the Derby.