Un­beaten Jus­tify wins Ken­tucky Derby

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Un­de­feated Jus­tify won the 144th Ken­tucky Derby last week­end, ig­nor­ing the wettest con­di­tions in race his­tory to be­come the irst Derby cham­pion since 1882 who didn’t race as a two-year-old. Trainer Bob Baf­fert won the Derby for the ifth time, one shy of the record owned by 1940s leg­endary trainer Ben Jones, while jockey Mike Smith cap­tured his sec­ond vic­tory in the 1 1/4-mile (2km) clas­sic at Louisville, USA’S Churchill Downs. “It took a great horse to do what he did to­day,” Baf­fert said. “I rank him up there with my top ones. We knew we had some­thing spe­cial.” Favoured Jus­tify, who went off at 5-2 odds, un­leashed the third-fastest half-mile (0.8km) pace in Derby his­tory and went on to win in 2mins 4.20 secs with Good Magic sec­ond by 2 1/2 lengths, edg­ing third-place Au­di­ble at the line. Men­delssohn, trained by Ire­land’s Ai­dan O’brien and hop­ing to be­come the irst Europe-based horse to win the Derby, was last in the 20-horse ield be­fore 157,813 spec­ta­tors. Jus­tify, who im­proved to 4-0, be­came the irst horse since Apollo some 136 years ago to win the show­down for three-year-olds with­out run­ning the year be­fore.

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