Justify finishes first at Kentucky Derby on wettest race day

Justify finishes first at Kentucky Derby on wettest race day

Javier Howell
May 8, 2018

Racing for owners Kenny Trout of WinStar Farm, Ah Khing Ten of the China Horse Club, Jack Wolf and others' Starlight Racing and Sol Kumin's Head of the Plains Partners - Justify kept his flawless racing record intact at 4 for 4. He is so above average; he's got unbelievable talent and he's got a mind to go with it.

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

"I didn't tell them I'd think about it", Baffert said of the telephone invitation he received from Preakness officials, via the Associated Press.

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most historic moments in sports.

Justify captured the opening leg of USA flat racing's Triple Crown, which continues in two weeks at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland, and concludes with June's Belmont Stakes in NY.

Justify ran 1ΒΌ miles in 2:04.20.

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

Brooks and Dunn were together again as they took in the race, Thompson Square made their first Derby appearance, Jake Owen brought along his girlfriend, Terri Clark shined in a mint green blazer and more.

Justify is co-owned by WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and the China Horse Club. Good Magic was sired by 2007 Preakness victor Curlin, but trainer Chad Brown won't commit to the Preakness just yet. When the horses came to him, he wanted to take off again. Previous to the race, the company tweeted that rainfall totals in Louisville stood at 2.83 inches.

Todd Pletcher, who dislikes running his horses again in two weeks, said Audible (third in the Derby), Magnum Moon, Vino Rosso and Noble Indy would return to his NY base.

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