As the rain fell on the dirt track of Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, 20 different horses looked to etch their name into the fabled history of horse racing’s most famous race. This year, the honor belonged to jockey Mike Smith and Justify.
Coming into the race, Justify’s odds were at five-to-two, making him the favorite to win the race. This was Mike Smith’s second Kentucky Derby win, and trainer Bob Baffert’s fifth win at the Derby. This gives Justify his third career win in three career races.
Behind Justify, was Good Magic, who had nine-to-one odds of winning. After him was Audible who had seven-to-one odds.
With this win, Justify has officially started his journey towards becoming the 13th horse to win the Triple Crown. The last horse to do so was American Pharoah in 2015.
The next leg of the horse racing’s triple crown is on Saturday, May 19th at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.