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Who’s Horse of the Year: Jerry Bailey


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It’s Justify. He won the Triple Crown. He’s undefeated. What he did in a short period of time. All of the above. Take nothing away from Accelerate. I think he’s a really, really good horse. But I don’t know if any horse could have done enough to beat Justify, at least in my mind. To say any horse that wins the Triple Crown should automatically be Horse of the Year is a little over simplistic. There could be extenuating circumstances. Let’s say he gets beat a couple of times and he wins one of the Triple Crown races only because another horse bolted. Strange things like that could happen. Buy, yes, unless there are extraordinary circumstances, I believe that any horse that wins the Triple Crown should be Horse of the Year. It’s a pretty hard thing to do. We could go another 30 year and not have another Triple Crown winner.

Bailey is an Eclipse Award voter.


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