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Austin woman bets $18, wins $1.2 million on Kentucky Derby

Austin woman bets $18, wins $1.2 million on Kentucky Derby

A few minutes after 8 a.m., the morning after Justify won the Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert came wheeling out of the Barn 33, leading the colt by his rein for what was clearly a photo opportunity.

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. Only 12 horses have won all three races in the same year, the most recent being Baffert-trained American Pharoah in 2015. "Right now I'm just thinking about keeping him healthy. In fact, it's the first time it's happened at Retama".

Justify moved into the lead by the 1-mile pole and cruised from there, crossing the finish line in 2 minutes, 4.20 seconds. NBC's Derby coverage has earned a rating of at least 9.0 for 12 consecutive years. Of his 19 rivals in the Derby, it appears most will skip the second leg of the Triple Crown in favor of resting and being pointed toward other races.

When asked about the race right after his big win, the first thing Smith does is thank Jesus, telling reporters, "I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us on this afternoon, and blessing us with this incredible horse". "If he wins the Preakness then we'll see". "I'd say we'll probably go". "It felt great to be in the position I was in".

What exactly are the stakes of the Preakness Stakes?

"You run a horse back in two weeks off an effort like this, even if he's not going to run for a while, it doesn't mean it's good for the horse long-term".

After that? Maybe thoroughbred racing's second Triple Crown victor in four years. "The horse will tell us".