A Texas woman is one million dollars richer after placing an 18 dollar bet on Saturday. Trainer Todd Pletcher doesn't like running a horse after just a two-week break, so his four Derby entries - third-place Audible, Magnum Moon, Vino Rosso and Noble Indy - probably will not be shipped to Baltimore for the Preakness, which is capped at 14 horses.
"Oh, he looks like LeBron", Baffert says. "He has that presence about him". American Pharaoh, also trained by Baffert, accomplished the feat, ending a 37-year drought. Saturday being a wet, muddy day at Churchill Downs made for ideal 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). This "friend" showed up a few days later with a Derby futures ticket on Justify to win at 300/1 ($500 to win $150,000). What did unnerve him a bit, he acknowledged, was that his wife, Jill, chose to wear a green dress on Saturday.
"She pulled it out", he said.
"He's up there with him", Baffert said. The woman has been going to the racetrack for years.
Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who was riding his second Derby victor and his first since winning with Giacomo in 2005, said his mount has "unbelievable talent".
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Smith kept the 5-2 favourite near the lead throughout the race, setting a blistering pace on the rain-soaked track, going a half-mile in 45.77 seconds.
"I want to give myself a little room to really observe the horse", Brown said. "They take care of all the work for you". Well, Justify did just that as he had almost a flawless break from the starting gate. "We've just got to go from there". "Supercharged", is how Baffert described it.
However, the big money in horse racing is in the so-called "exotic" bets.
Justify beat out a talented field of 20 horses to win the 144th Kentucky Derby. There's no story, he said, just a good name for a good horse. We won the toughest and most important one.
It may take partner Sol Kumin a little longer to total his Churchill winnings since he is also a partner in Monomoy Girl, the victor of the Kentucky Oaks on May 4. "I'm not thinking about that at all, not yet", he said. But the trend to team up, Wolf said, is here to stay.