Austin woman wins $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

Austin woman wins $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

Austin woman wins $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

Justify captured the opening leg of U.S. flat racing's Triple Crown, which continues in two weeks at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland, and concludes with June's Belmont Stakes in NY. That leaves mostly fresh horses to potentially fill the maximum 14-horse Preakness field.

A few minutes after 8 a.m., the morning after Justify won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert came wheeling out of the Barn 33, leading the colt by his rein for what was clearly a photo opportunity.

Baffert admitted the wet conditions had him concerned. The chestnut colt's coat shone in the morning sunlight and he nibbled on a couple of baby carrots Baffert plucked from his vest pocket.

The sound of at least 30 cameras buzzing and clicking broke the silence of the backstretch as Baffert tried to steady his horse.

Justify became the first horse to win the Derby without being raced as a 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882.

It was a quick appearance.


"When I came out of the stall, he was pulling me", the trainer said. "Usually they are a little bit exhausted". Three years ago, he trained American Pharoah to the sport's first sweep of the Derby, Preakness and Belmont in 37 years, and just the 12th ever.

"He got beat up out of the gate and proceeded to check on the first turn, and was never in a good place", jockey Ryan Moore said. "There's no reason to say no". "It will take a horse like him to break that curse and just wow, he's just something else", said Smith, who also won the race in 2005 on Giacomo. But Baffert isn't going there yet.

"I want him back in NY and that gives me time to decide what's next", trainer Chad Brown said.

Smith crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs with only a few specks of mud on his white and green silks in the rainiest Derby in the race's 144-year history.

Winning the Kentucky Derby in only a horse's fourth lifetime start has been accomplished just twice before. However, New York-based trainer Chad Brown said he would weigh his options before making a final decision. "Wow, I don't have the words to describe what makes this horse so special". "Keep riding horses like this, and you don't have to work that hard", said a jubilant Smith. Lukas has won the Preakness six times.

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