Justify Parades at Santa Anita!
Santa Anita Park welcomed hometown hero Justify to parade for fans Saturday.
The undefeated Triple Crown Champ paraded between races 4 & 5.
Just 5 mins after Santa Anita’s admission gates opened at 10:00a Saturday, a line estimated at more than 3,000 people formed as racing devotees flocked to get a word with Justify’s Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith as he signed Triple Crown posters adjacent to the Kingsbury Fountain in the West Paddock Gardens.
“We have never seen anything close to this kind of response for an autographed item,” said Santa Anita Vice President, Marketing Nate Newby.
“We easily had 3,000 people to start and even though we have encouraged about 500 of the folks at the rear to take a poster and try to get it autographed later, we have still got thousands of people waiting to see Mike. We printed 4,000 posters, they were free, with paid admission and we are going to run out before the 1st race.
“The poster is 1st Class and so is everything about this Triple Crown story. For this horse to start out here on February 18 and win the Belmont 111 days later is an achievement that will likely stand for all-time.
“We’re looking forward to something really special this afternoon when Justify comes out after the fourth race, and if this poster signing is any indication, we’re going to have a massive turnout for Justify himself.”
It not often horse racing fans can see an undefeated Triple Crown winner up close and personal at his home track.
It was a Super day at the track!