After his absurdly thrilling 2018 Preakness victory, Justify’s breeding rights became a hot topic at the worldwide leader, where ESPN.com released a story stating that Coolmore Stud had bought in to the probably Triple Crown champion. It makes sense. After all, American Pharoah is charging north of $200,00 per session and has already earned a jaw dropping $40 million in his second career.
Coolmore Stud was reported to have offered $60 million for Justify prior to the Belmont Stakes, which would be a serious gamble on their part. They do, however, have American Pharoah on their roster already. They have money to burn.
Justify’s breeding rights, however, have not been negotiated by WinStar Farms, China Horse Club, Head of Plains Partners and Starlight Racing just yet. In a statement released by them, they declared as such with clear intentions to focus on the 2018 Belmont Stakes. One would assume that the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic would also be on the radar.
“We have had numerous inquiries into the breeding rights of Justify, including from Coolmore,” WinStar clarified in response to the story on ESPN. “Nothing is finalized at this time and won’t be in the foreseeable future. We are focused on the Belmont Stakes (G1) and his racing career at this time.”
The price on Justify’s breeding rights are worth more anyhow as he is the most accomplished son of Scat Daddy, a deceased stallion who saw a booming crop of three-year-olds this year. Justify was purchased as a yearling for $500,000 while his half-brother, Mendelssohn was acquired for $3,000,000 that same season. The success of his progeny means that the bloodline is strong, and Justify clearly has the best of it.
Even if he doesn’t win the 2018 Belmont Stakes, Justify has shown that he is a specimen and an accomplished runner on the track. He will attempt to become just the 13th horse in history to win the Triple Crown. Wins int he 2018 Kentucky Derby and the 2018 Preakness Stakes will be more than enough to maintain a high price for Justify’s breeding rights. It might not be $60 million, but the breeding game has a lot of money and action going right now, which is only a good thing for the sport overall in the long run.
The original story on ESPN was written by the usual reliable Darren Rovell, who may know something according to his sources. Whatever he knows now is not in stone yet.