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21 May 2018, 10:24 | Justin Tyler
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Still, the track said 134,487 people showed up Saturday, many of whom seemed to be enjoying the mosh pit of mud and modern music emanating from the infield without any regard for the racing conditions, which were bad.
Justify rounded the final turn and hit the top of the stretch winded but with the lead.
Many horse racing fans are wondering if Justify can make history by wining the Triple Crown. American Pharoah turned the trick in 2015, becoming the first horse to do so in almost 40 years, and only the 12th all time.
Trainer Bob Baffert, who also trained 2015 Triple Crown victor American Pharoah, won his 14th classic race, tying D. Wayne Lukas for most all-time.
Fields added that one of the most popular props has been "will Justify win the Preakness?" and the overwhelming majority of bettors are taking "yes".
Those possibilities inspired trainer Chad Brown to give Good Magic another chance after he ran a solid second in the Derby and for D. Wayne Lukas to believe Bravazo, after a troubled sixth in Louisville, could possibly serve as a spoiler in a smaller field. But in terms of the $2 exacta, $1 trifecta and $1 superfecta, which dished out $69.60, $141.40 and $19,618.20 for the Kentucky Derby, respectively, the totals weren't as eye-popping from the Preakness Stakes.
"I'm so happy that we got it done", Baffert said. "He ran hard early and fast (in the Derby)". Had the Preakness been just a tenth of a mile longer, Justify might have been caught, though Smith thought he had plenty of horse left.
"Unbelievable. It's a dream come true, to be honest with you", Smith said after the race.
Justify, the chestnut son of Scat Daddy out of the Ghostzapper mare Stage Magic, became the first horse to win the Derby without being raced as a 2-year-old since Apollo in 1882. "He's just a great horse to handle all that pressure and keep on running". "I would have liked to see a different scenario, maybe where we're just off the pace a little bit, we weren't getting pressed on the fence the whole way". If the weather doesn't influence the race - Justify is the heavy favorite - it most certainly could have an impact on attendance after the event drew a record 140,327 in 2017.
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