Woman celebrates winning $1.2 million on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

Horses enter the first turn. "We've just got to go from there". "He says to me, 'Johnny, I got a horse I want to bet in the future book.' I said, 'I'll tell you what I'll do".

Justify was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther of Vancouver.

"I didn't tell them I'd think about it", Baffert said of the telephone invitation he received from Preakness officials, via the Associated Press. Good Magic chased in pursuit but never had a move to prevent him from becoming the sixth consecutive favourite to win the Derby.

Justify will move on to try to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on May 19.

"I don't know", said Brown, who won the Preakness past year with new-shooter Cloud Computing. Good Magic was second, while Audible finished third.

They teamed to win Justify's second race on March 11 in the mud, foretelling his ability to handle what he would face at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May.

"The win today is equivalent to a gold medal in the Olympics", said Teo Ah Khing, the Harvard-educated architect who runs the China Horse Club. My horse tried so hard and I can't wait for his future.

Justify is co-owned by WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and the China Horse Club. The third race of the treble is June 9 at the Belmont Stakes in NY. Good Magic was sired by 2007 Preakness victor Curlin, but trainer Chad Brown won't commit to the Preakness just yet. Almost 3 inches fell on the crowd of 157,813 throughout the day.

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