By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Justify has won the 144th run of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. His jockey Mike Smith won his second Kentucky Derby.
Smith has been on the horse for two of his four wins. Justify became the first Kentucky Derby winner in 136 years, who did not race as a two-year-old.
Justify stopped the curse of Apollo, who was the last horse to win the Kentucky Derby, who did not race as a two-year-old in 1882.
Justify is the sixth straight favorite to win the race. The horse is the ninth undefeated Kentucky Derby winner, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.
The favorite win streak is the longest in the history of the historic race.
His trainer Bob Baffert has now won his fifth Kentucky Derby — but his first since 2015. Baffert did not have a horse in the race last year.
Promises Fulfilled was the leader out of the gates. The horse was the 22.24-mile fast leader and the 45.77-mile fast leader.
However, once the race got to 1:11.01-mike fast, Justify took the lead. Once he got to the top of the stretch, Smith got Justify to pull away from the pack.
He had more than a two length lead late in the race. According to the Kentucky Derby Order of Finish, Justify won by 2 1/2 at the post.
In the top three finishers, Justify (5-2) was the leader, before Good Magic (9-1) finished second. Audible (7-1) finished in third place.