Bob Baffert horse Restoring Hope accused of blocking for Justify

Long shot Restoring Hope’s run in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes is being questioned by some competitors, who suggest the horse might have been used to block other horses from catching stablemate Justify on his way to the Triple Crown.

Bob Baffert trains both Justify and Restoring Hope, which went off at 37-1 and then broke fast to the front and settled into second place for much of the race, just off Justify’s shoulder, before falling to eighth at the finish.

Mike Repole, who co-owns fourth-place finisher Vino Rosso and last-place finisher Noble Indy, and Hall of Fame jockey John Velazquez both found fault with the ride by Florent Geroux aboard Restoring Hope.

“It baffled me,” Repole told the Daily Racing Form. “I would have thought Baffert would have wanted Restoring Hope nowhere close to the pace.

Justify to get deserved break, then race again

Justify, who won the Triple Crown with his victory at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, will race again later this year after the colt takes a well-deserved break from the track.


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