LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Justify returned to Churchill Downs on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. to begin training for the third jewel in racing’s Triple Crown, the June 9 Belmont Stakes.

“It was a very smooth trip back to Kentucky,” Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert’s assistant Jimmy Barnes said. “We had a great trip to Pimlico. We brought two horses and they both won. The only thing that wasn’t so great was the weather. It rained every day we were there – Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and obviously Saturday.

Barnes said the off track at Pimlico was different than Churchill Downs's off track, which Justify liked. He said Pimlico's track was a "harder surface underneath the water."

"Mike (Smith) said he was battling the entire time with horses and getting pressured the whole way,” Barnes said.

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The colt will walk near Barn 33 at Churchill Downs three or four days before continuing light training, according to Barnes.

There will be a special training period at Churchill Downs for horses preparing for the Belmont Stakes. That begins Wednesday, May 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 7:40 a.m.

Other known possible Belmont Stakes starters based at Churchill include Bravazo, Free Drop Billy and Tenfold.

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