Justify wins the 144th Kentucky Derby 2018 ahead of Good Magic at Churchill Down. - Sports history


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Sunday, May 6, 2018

Justify wins the 144th Kentucky Derby 2018 ahead of Good Magic at Churchill Down.

Justify wins the 144th Kentucky Derby 2018 ahead of Good Magic at Churchill Down.

     Justify took command at the half-mile pole and roared away to a 2 ½-length victory over Good Magic under the lights at Churchill Downs to win the 144th Kentucky Derby 2018 running race, as well grab the $1432, 000 Prize money & while overall purse is $2,192,000, Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) for 3-year-olds on a soggy Saturday afternoon before a crowd/attendance of 157,813, the eighth largest crowd in Derby history.

 144th Kentucky Derby 2018 Horse Race winner is Justify, Trainer  Bob Baffert, and  Mike E. Smith of his Jockey.

Legitimize turned into the main stallion to win the Kentucky Derby without hustling as a 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882. He made his presentation Feb. 18 and just a single other Derby victor broke his lady at a later date: Brokers Tip when he won the Derby on May 6, 1933.

He likewise turned into the second steed in the previous 100 years to win the Derby with just three vocation begins preceding the race, joining Big Brown in 2008.

Legitimize gave coach Bob Baffert his fifth Kentucky Derby triumph and move Mike Smith his second.

Baffert now trails just Ben Jones (six Derby wins). Baffert's different triumphs accompanied Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002) and Triple Crown victor American Pharoah (2015).

Smith's other Derby triumph came in 2005 with Giacomo.

Starlight turns into the principal Louisville possession gathering to win the Derby since Old Rosebud in 1914.

Guarantees Fulfilled drove the field of 20 through the initial six furlongs with parts of :22.24, :45.77 and 1:11.01 with Justify in nearest interest.

Moving toward the half-mile post, Smith pulled the trigger and sent Justify to the front with a year ago's champion 2-year-old Good Magic taking up the pursuit.

Legitimize kept up his sunshine preference through the extend and finished the 1 ¼ miles on a messy track in 2:04.20.

The triumph was worth $1,432,000 and expanded Justify's profit to $2,098,000 with an unblemished record of four wins in four begins. Legitimize turned into the main undefeated Derby victor since Nyquist in 2016 and the ninth since 1915.

Legitimize is a Kentucky-reproduced child of Scat Daddy out of the Ghostzapper female horse Stage Magic.

Kentucky Derby 2018 Quotes & Reactions

1st Position: Justify

“Going into the race the main concern was just getting him out of the gate," said jockey Mike Smith. "This horse is so talented. I keep using the term ‘above average’ because he has a mind to him as well. It was a sigh of relief when I got him out of the gate and I just stayed out of his way." 

2nd . Good Magic (2 1/2 lengths)

 "We knew going in that Justify looked like a big monster and we didn’t want to be too far away," said trainer Chad Brown. "Jose (Ortiz) executed it perfect. I asked him to follow him even if the pace was a little quick to keep him in close range. We thought he was the horse to beat and it was true. Very proud of our horse. He held on for second there. We’re working our way toward that winner’s circle. It wasn’t to be this year. It was a tough field. But I’m real proud of this horse. He kept fighting all the way to the end and he showed that he’s a top-class horse.” 

3rd. Audible (2 1/2)

“I had a perfect trip," said jockey Javier Castellano. "That’s why I was looking forward to today, because I knew there was a lot of speed. He was the only horse that came from behind. I was proud the way he did it. He finished good. I’m satisfied the way he did it.”

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