Favorite Justify wins Kentucky Derby on wettest race day

Favorite Justify wins Kentucky Derby on wettest race day

Favorite Justify wins Kentucky Derby on wettest race day

Audible and Good Magic, who both raced in Louisville and finished in the money, are at 5-1 and 6-1 odds, respectively. "He has that presence about him". "Keep riding horses like this, and you don't have to work that hard", said a jubilant Smith.

Those "top ones" include Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (1992) and the Triple Crown Champion and Horse of the Year American Pharoah in 2015. By winning the Kentucky Derby he became the first horse in 136 years to win the Kentucky Derby without ever racing as a 2-year-old.

"I thought he was special, and then after his maiden win I thought, 'Man he is really, really special, '" Baffert said. Still, he said, he fretted most of Saturday because of the awful weather.

Good Magic - last year's 2-year-old champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor - was the only horse to have a serious shot at Justify turning for home. I don't know if he's so strong or Mike (age 52) is just too old to pull him up.

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most historic moments in sports. Justify's win was the safest, with a track record of 3-1. But the trend to team up, Wolf said, is here to stay.

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"The win today is equivalent to a gold medal in the Olympics", said Teo Ah Khing, the Harvard-educated architect who runs the China Horse Club.

"It would take a horse like him to break that curse".

"You better get used to this", the five-time Derby victor said to his colt. "Bolt d'Oro came to my outside the first time by the wire and I figured if we were going fast up front, they're going fast behind me as well". He even went so far as to indicate that Justify ran a better Derby than American Pharoah.

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