Justify Breaks 136-Year-Old Curse To Win The Kentucky Derby

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The victory was worth $1,432,000 to owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners. Promises Fulfilled went to the lead, but Justify never let him get away.

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

Good Magic - last year's 2-year-old champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor - was the only horse to have a serious shot at Justify turning for home.

"He's up there with him", Baffert said.

Jockey Mike Smith earned his second Derby victory, becoming at 52 the second-oldest winning jockey. Justify's next step is in two weeks at the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

He thought Justify's win in the Santa Anita Derby was just so-so, unlike his win on Saturday.

"That's when we knew how special he was", Baffert said.

But what about Good Magic, which finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Justify in second place on Saturday?

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Justify, who improved to 4-0, became the first horse since Apollo 136 years ago to win the showdown for three-year-olds without running the year before.

"I want to give myself a little room to really observe the horse", Brown said.

However, the big money in horse racing is in the so-called "exotic" bets.

Justify, Good Magic, Audible, Instilled Regard and My Boy Jack were the top five horses in the race.

It remains uncertain which horses will line up to try to keep him from that second jewel.

The race was the wettest in the event's history as more than 2.8 inches of rain fell Saturday.

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