A Texas woman is one million dollars richer after placing an 18 dollar bet on Saturday.
The Bob Baffert-trained, Mike Smith-ridden horse became the sixth straight favorite to win the Run for the Roses and the first since Apollo in 1882 - 136 years ago - to win without having raced as a 2-year-old.
Bravazo, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby, probably will run in the Preakness for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a six-time victor of the race.
In 2017, a Kentucky Derby gambler collected $75,000 off a $1 bet. Her Pick 5 wager meant that, not only was she correct when she chose Justify to win the Kentucky Derby, but she accuately chose the winners of the four races leading up to the main event.
"Going into the race, my main concern really was just getting out of the gate", said Smith, who captured his second Derby.
Justify was given a 103 Beyer Speed rating for his 2:04.20 final time over a mile and a quarter. Which in the slop is pretty fantastic.
Instilled Regard rallied to finish another 1 ¾ lengths back in fourth and was followed in order by My Boy Jack, Bravazo, Hofburg, Lone Sailor, Vino Rosso, Solomini, Firenze Fire, Bolt d'Oro, Flameaway, Enticed, Promises Fulfilled, Free Drop Billy, Noble Indy, Combatant, Magnum Moon and Mendelssohn. "If I like the way he comes out of that, then we'll take a shot at the Belmont". Nevertheless, he would also fade away due to the torrid pace. By the last furlong pole, Justify was ahead by 2 1/2 and wouldn't relinquish the lead.
Among the fresh horses under consideration are Tampa Bay Derby victor Quip and Federico Tesio victor Diamond King.
What exactly are the stakes of the Preakness Stakes? In my opinion, since he is a front-running horse he will absolutely smash the Preakness.
"For a horse to do what he has done he has to be really great", Baffert said.
The next race in the Triple Crown series is May 19 - the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. He even went so far as to indicate that Justify ran a better Derby than American Pharoah.