Woman Wagers $18 In Kentucky Derby, Wins $1.2 Million

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Of his 19 rivals in the Derby, it appears most will skip the second leg of the Triple Crown in favor of resting and being pointed toward other races.

After a day of steady rain on Churchill Downs, it was Justify who managed to cross the finish line first in the mud.

There's a historical reason to back that theory.

Frost Brown Todd-the largest law firm in Louisville, Kentucky-entertained clients during a week of Kentucky Derby events, while its chairman emeritus had an even bigger stake in the Run for the Roses. It started in 1997 with Silver Charm, followed by Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002 and American Pharoah in 2015.

Justify scored his location in the gate with his three-length success over Bolt d'Oro at the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 7. Saturday being a wet, muddy day at Churchill Downs made for flawless conditions for long-short horses to come in (sometimes a wet track makes it more likely for long-short horses to finish in the money). The winning time was 2:04.20. It was just OK.

Justify's ownership team took home $1.24 million after the favorite won Saturday's Kentucky Derby, the $500,000 they shelled out for the colt in 2016 looking like money well spent.

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Justify brought Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith a second Derby victory. "The outrider had to help pull him up".

"When I came out of the stall, he was pulling me", the trainer said. "It was just an awesome performance".

The Preakness field won't have the star power of the Kentucky Derby.

Good Magic finished second, just ahead of Audible.

Starlight Racing, a small syndicate run by Jack Wolf and his wife, Laurie, usually invests in unproven yearlings, not 3-year-olds. But Baffert suggested Justify is one race ahead of Pharoah on the maturation cycle despite the fact he began his racing career so much later.

Among the masses are celebrities, who've come for the races and the parties. The favorite won for the sixth year in a row, the longest such run since the 1970s. "To me it's not only the toughest one but the most important one". "We saw something really great. If he wins the Preakness then we'll see".

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