My vote will be for Justify. Winning the Triple Crown is a tremendous accomplishment. Some people forget the way it started off for him and how difficult it was for him to win the Derby I don’t care what the final numbers say, but when you run that kind of initial pace and are able to keep on, that really says something about the greatness of the horse. Bob Baffert was quoted as saying at the head of the stretch, ‘Show me how great you are.’ It was a tremendous effort and, then after that effort, he went on and took Good Magic’s best shot in the Preakness. Good Magic is a horse I have tremendous respect for. Then he went on and won at a mile-and-a-half. Add all that together, it was a great accomplishment. It’s a shame that Accelerate had to come along in the same year.
Johnsen is an Eclipse Award voter