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Horse: Justify

Jockey: Mike Smith

Trainer: Bob Baffert

Paid $7.80, $6 and $4.40. Became first horse to win the Derby without racing as a 2-year-old since 1882.


Horse: Good Magic

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Trainer: C.C. Brown

Returned $9.20 and $6.60. Good Magic's sire, Curlin, now has a horse who has won or placed in a Triple Crown race in each his first six crops.


Horse: Audible

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Paid $5.80 to show. Had he won, everyone in America would have been given a free download of the audio book "American Pharaoh" on the Audible app.

race rewind


The track surface at Churchill Downs was downgraded to sloppy about four hours before the big race. Twelve of the 20 horses in the Kentucky Derby had never run on a wet track.

The break

The field set a blistering pace through the muck, going a half-mile in 45.77 seconds.

The finish

Entering the final turn, Justify took the lead and kept on going to the finish under Mike Smith's left-handed whip. The winning time, 2:04.20 is the second-slowest in the past 28 years.

winner's circle

With a $1 rain poncho covering his lavish suit, Bob Baffert raised the winner's trophy and shook hands with onlookers as an oversized bottle of Mumm champagne glistened with raindrops.



• This is Baffert's fifth Kentucky Derby win.

• The National Weather Service declared it the wettest Derby on record, with the official rainfall measurement at 2.83 inches about a half-hour before the race. The Louisville Courier-Journal reported that the rainfall Saturday eclipsed the 2.31 inches that fell in 1918.

• Spotted: One Derby-goer donned a giant purple top hat dedicated to a Minnesota icon, with Prince's iconic symbol glued to the front. Passersby gave her a thumb's up, or sang "Purple Rain."

• Steve Asmussen earned his 8,000th career victory on Kentucky Derby day. The 52-year-old trainer saddled Lookin At Lee to a 2¼-length win in the third race at Churchill Downs on Saturday. A year ago, Lookin At Lee finished second in the Derby to Always Dreaming, by 2¾ lengths.

quote of the day

"Our hair looked great like two hours ago."

— Orlando resident Amanda Phillips, enduring a pre-race downpour

Tweet of the day

"A little shoutout to the zillion-to-one horse who went from nowheresville to fourth. Don't let anyone convince you that you aren't in the race."

— Toronto Star managing editor Irene Gentle (@IreneGentle), praising Instilled Regard (who went off at 85-1)

Up next

May 19: The Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

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