Justify wins Ketucky Derby 2018 – The favorite Justify held off Good Magic to capture the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday evening before 157,813 in attendance at a muddy Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Justify had 5/2 odds to win the 1¼-mile race, beating Good Magic and Audible by 2½ lengths each to capture the first leg of the 2018 Triple Crown. The win for Justify pulled in $1.24 million of a guaranteed $2 million purse.
Over three inches of rain fell Saturday in what Mike Tirico called on the NBC broadcast “the wettest Kentucky Derby ever.”
Ketucky Derby 2018 results: Justify wins first leg of Triple Crown. Watch Justify win the Run for the Roses in 2018.
Justify remains undefeated, now at 4-0, and is the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to capture the Run for the Roses despite not racing as a two-year-old.
This is the fifth Kentucky Derby win for trainer Bob Baffert and the second win for jockey Mike Smith, who called Justify “way above average” to NBC’s Bob Costas before the race.
Justify paid $7.80 to win, $6.00 to place and $4.40 to show.
Up next in the Triple Crown is two weeks from now with the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Four horses in the previous 10 years won the Preakness after winning the Kentucky Derby — Big Brown (2008), I’ll Have Another (2012), California Chrome (2014) and American Pharoah (2015) — with American Pharoah completing the hat trick three years ago.
The total purse is split between the top five finishers, with the money going to the owners and with a portion paid to the jockey as well.
With some horses having multiple ownership groups, where all the money goes is not always known, but that’s for the owners to figure out. Based on previous runnings of the Kentucky Derby, the payouts for second, third, fourth and fifth are usually around $400,000, $200,000, $100,000 and $60,000, respectively.
The winning jockey gets about 10 percent of the winnings before it goes to the owner, but they also typically have an agent and other people to pay. The jockeys are getting paid, but not a ton.
The winning horse will also make a whole lot of money for its owner from stud fees, which add up quite a bit over time.
Throughout the pre-race process, Justify was the betting favorite, but not a heavy favorite by any means. My Boy Jack saw a lot of action on Derby Day, becoming the second-favorite behind Justify, then followed by the likes of Audible, Mendelssohn and others.
Justify will take home $1.24 million for the win, and is now on Triple Crown watch, with the Preakness scheduled for May 19 in Baltimore followed by the Belmont Stakes in New York on June 9.