Woman Bets $18 on Kentucky Derby Pick 5, Wins $1.2 Million

Dean Simpson
May 8, 2018

Since then, no horse has won the race after not starting as a two-year-old, which is when most racehorses make their debut.

"We won the toughest one, the Kentucky Derby", Baffert said.

Justify, who went off as 5-2 odds, paid $7.80 to win, $6 to place and $4.40 to show.

Justify, Good Magic, Audible, Instilled Regard and My Boy Jack were the top five horses in the race. With Justify playfully tossing his head, Baffert knew it was best to get the champ back in his stall where he couldn't inadvertently kick anyone. "Usually they are a little bit exhausted".


Baffert's phone rang Sunday with an official invitation to bring Justify to run in the Preakness on May 19 in Baltimore.

"I really thought I was going to get there", Good Magic's jockey, Jose Ortiz, said. "There's no reason to say no".

An Austin woman turned $18 into $1.2 million by betting on the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, according to ABC News.

That was down from last year's 10.5 percent and a result, in part, of the Derby going head-to-head with an National Basketball Association playoff game between the Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics.


"That last 100 yards, I was just in awe of that performance", Baffert said.

Baffert plans to leave Justify at Churchill Downs until shipping the chestnut colt to Pimlico likely the Wednesday of race week.

Television ratings for the Kentucky Derby, telecast by NBC Sports, dropped to their lowest level in six years. However, New York-based trainer Chad Brown said he would weigh his options before making a final decision. But he said: "I've never been on a 3-year-old like this". "Wow, he's just somethin' else", Smith said. "That said, his sire (Curlin) came back in two weeks and won the Preakness".


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