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Bob Baffert compares Justify to LeBron James, American Pharoah

Justify wins the Kentucky Derby

One-third of the way to a Triple Crown, Justify is the hottest horse in racing right now, and legendary trainer Bob Baffert couldn’t be happier.

TMZ Sports caught up with Baffert at the airport and chatted him up about this three-year-old phenom. Not surprisingly, he’s smitten, but then he hilariously started comparing Justify to current NBA legend LeBron James.

“Oh, he looks like LeBron,” Baffert says … “Big, powerful, athletic face. Very rare. VERY rare. He’s a beast.”

Baffert also said Justify is absolutely in play for the Triple Crown and said the “outstanding horse” is “up there” with American Pharoah.

Given the way Jusify dominated the field in the slop at Churchill Downs, making some lucky folks very rich in the process, it’s hard to argue with Baffert. That said, the pursuit of the Triple Crown has humbled many trainers and their horses. The Preakness is next, and we’ll find out just how good Justify is in a couple weeks time.