The Apollo Curse was broken Saturday at the 2018 Kentucky Derby as race-favorite Justify held off Good Magic to become the first colt since Apollo in 1882 win the “Run for the Roses” without racing as a juvenile.
The 2-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by jockey Mike Smith, 52, not only had to battle 19 horses in the 1-¼ mile race at Churchill Downs but also the elements.
Rain soaked the Louisville, Kentucky track, forcing officials to seal the track but it wasn’t enough as day-long rain turned the dirt into mud and created sloppy and slippery conditions for the horses.
Justify, the 5-2 Derby favorite, broke well from the seven hole and trotted towards the front. He easily led the field around the back stretch and had enough in the tank to run the 1¼ miles in 2:04.20.
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Good Magic finished second followed by Audible and 85-to-1 longshot Instilled Regard.
Justify improved to 4-0 in his young career and has now won his races by a combined 21½ lengths. He’ll look to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 19.
2018 Kentucky Derby betting payout
Justify: $7.80 (Win), $6 (Place), $4.40 (Show)
Good Magic: $9.20 (Place), $6.60 (Show)
Audible: $5.80 (Show)
The $2 exacta paid $69.60, the $1 trifecta produced $141.40, and the $1 superfecta cashed a whopping $19,618.20 thanks to Instilled Regard.
2018 Kentucky Derby Results
Note: Post position in parentheses
- Justify (7)
- Good Magic (6)
- Audible (5)
- Installed Regard (15)
- My Boy Jack (10)
- Bravazo (13)
- Hofburg (9)
- Lone Sailor (8)
- Vino Rosso (18)
- Solomini (17)
- Firenze Fire (1)
- Bolt d’Oro (11)
- Flameaway (4)
- Enticed (12)
- Promises Fulfilled (3)
- Free Drop Billy (2)
- Noble Indy (19)
- Combatant (20)
- Magnum Moon (16)
- Mendelssohn (14)
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