$18 Kentucky Derby Bet Pays $1.2 Million

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The woman correctly selected Justify as the victor of the Derby, but that horse was considered the favorite to win. Justify's group reportedly made $1.four million. American Pharoah emerged earlier than Justify, reigning as the 2-year-old champion in his class, even though he missed the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 2014.

Entering the final turn, Justify took the lead and kept on going to the finish.

"I was just in awe of the performance", he said.

"Going into the race, my main concern really was just getting out of the gate", said Smith, who captured his second Derby.

"My job was just to get him out of there", he said. Apollo was the last to it and, thus, the curse was named for him. At the three-eighths pole I thought, 'Man, he better be a really good horse.' We saw another gear that we hadn't seen yet.

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Justify will move on to try to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 19.

Here's the full run of winning picks: Limousine Liberal (4-1) in Race 8, Maraud (8-1) in Race 9, Funny Duck (40-1) in Race 10, and Yoshida (10-1) in Race 11. "I rank him up there with my top ones".

Justify became only the second horse to win the Derby after not racing as a two-year-old, the other being Apollo in 1882. My horse tried so hard and I can't wait for his future. Audible and Good Magic, who both raced in Louisville and finished in the money, are at 5-1 and 6-1 odds, respectively. 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).

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