Texas woman bets $18, wins $1.2 million on Kentucky Derby

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Since 1882, when the Standard Oil Trust was formed, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born and the electrical age began with the flip of a switch that lit up 1 square mile of lower Manhattan, no horse has won the Kentucky Derby without racing at the age of 2.

The 3-year-old colt arrived at Churchill Downs being compared by some to 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah.

Now, Baffert is in position to make another run at the Triple Crown.

Records and streaks are made to be a broken, and Baffert is certainly on a tear. "I'm not thinking about that at all, not yet", he said.

Baffert was foreshadowing just what an upside awaits Justify. Despite the unpredictable conditions, history predicted the result - it was the sixth consecutive Derby that a favorite has won. Bill Shoemaker was 54 when he won with Ferdinand in 1986. Almost 3 inches fell on the crowd of 157,813 throughout the day.

"For a horse to do what he has done he has to be really great", Baffert said. "He's got that "it" factor". Referring to the rain and the huge field of 20 starters, Smith said, "He was lovin' this stuff".

However, about the most you're going to make on such a bet is about $100 to every one dollar you bet - and that's in the rare event that an extra-long long-shot wins.

Despite a muddy track and intense downpours as horses were loaded into the starting gates, Justify broke well, starting seventh from the rail and settling into second behind early leader Promises Fulfilled.

"We certainly feel like he's got a chance to go off in two weeks", owner Elliott Walden said.




"You better get used to this", the five-time Derby victor said to his colt. "He never stopped. He may be a super horse".

In the backstretch, Smith let him relax a bit, but once he asked for Justify's best around the far turn, the horse responded like a freight train.

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

Justify was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther of Vancouver.

Saturday, Justify proved it again. Good Magic was sired by 2007 Preakness victor Curlin, but trainer Chad Brown won't commit to the Preakness just yet. "We thought he was the horse to beat, and it was true".

A monitor spokesman informed ABC that it's "unheard" of to win $1.2 million on such a small wager. "We knew we had something special". "Pharoah's race was sort of like (Justify's) Santa Anita Derby". Still, he said, he fretted most of Saturday because of the awful weather.

They'll be talking about him leading up to the Preakness in Baltimore on May 19.

Justify, who went off as 5-2 odds, paid $7.80 to win, $6 to place and $4.40 to show. The $3 million purchase was beaten by 53¼ lengths for Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien.

"I didn't tell them I'd think about it", he said. "The race was over for him then".

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