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First offspring of Triple Crown winner Justify has been born

Posted at 7:31 AM, Jan 06, 2020

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The first official foal sired by Justify, the 2018 Triple Crown winner, has been born.

According to Bloodhorse , the owners of Audley Farm in Berryville, Virginia said the birth happened on Friday at Amaroo Farm in Lexington, and the gender of the newborn is female. The bay filly is the first foal out of the winning Exchange Rate mare Foreign Affair, the media outlet reported.

"The mare was due to foal on the 10th, so it's just a few days early, but that's OK," Audley Farm's Jamie McDiarmid said. "The main thing is that the foal is happy and healthy. So far, everything has gone really well. She'll come back to be Virginia-registered, and the mare will stay here and foal out a Virginia-bred next year. That's the plan."

In his Triple Crown run, Justify became the first horse since 1882 to win the Kentucky Derby without starting as a 2-year old. He was also the first undefeated Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

Justify was forced to retire shortly after his Triple Crown feat due to a left ankle injury.

This story was originally published by staff at WLEX.