Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Woman celebrates winning $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

Woman celebrates winning $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

Her prize totaled $1.2 million.

"He's a superior horse", said Baffert, who captured his fifth Derby.

"That last 100 yards, I was just in awe of that performance", Baffert said.

"You better get used to this", the five-time Derby victor said to his colt. The next challenger up was Good Magic who ranged up on the outside of Justify but was never able to catch him.

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And Margaret Reid nailed it, reports My San Antonio, correctly choosing Limousine Liberal as victor of the day's 8th race, the Churchill Downs Stakes; then Maraud in the American Turf Stakes; Funny Duck (and his 39-1 odds) in the Pat Day Mile; Yoshida in the Old Forester Turf Classic; and then, of course, Justify.

The fact Justify was still frisky to run after the sixth-fastest opening quarter-mile in Derby history at 22.24 seconds and a muddy race spoke volumes to Baffert in terms of winning style and what the future might bring. It started in 1997 with Silver Charm, followed by Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002 and American Pharoah in 2015. He has got that big, long stride and he's just so efficient.

Smith and Justify head to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, on May 19 in Baltimore. I keep using the term 'above average, ' because he has a mind to him as well. He'll run in the Preakness and after that, we'll see. We won the toughest and most important one.

"I want to give myself a little room to really observe the horse", Brown said. Can Baffert's latest Derby victor take the Preakness? "That said, his sire came back in two weeks and won the Preakness". "I'd say we'll probably go".

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