Published: Mon, May 07, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Woman wins $1.2 million on Kentucky Derby day with $18 bet

Woman wins $1.2 million on Kentucky Derby day with $18 bet

Pick 5 or Pick 6 winners can take home large jackpots considering how hard it is to select that many first-place finishers over a string of races.

Justify ran the third-fastest first half-mile in Kentucky Derby history and still had enough to finish strongly, aspects that have racing insiders claiming that his best races are yet to come. "I understand the program and I can break down the races. Then Mike took his time".

Mendelssohn, trained by Ireland's Aidan O'Brien and hoping to become the first European-based horse to win the Derby, was last in the 20-horse field before 157,813 spectators. "He has got the mind for it". More than three inches of rain fell at Churchill Downs on Saturday, making it the wettest Run for the Roses in history.

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"Him and American Pharoah and Arrogate, these horses are cut from a different - they are just so great", Baffert said.

Justify took the lead on the far turn and charged into the backstretch. His winning time was a pedestrian 2:04.2, which was most likely a product of the conditions rather than Justify's overall talent. According to Sports Illustrated, no horse has won the race without starting as a 2-year-old since 1882 - when Apollo won the Kentucky Derby by defeating 4-5 favorite Runnymede. While Justify entered the finale with pretty good odds, at 3-1, some of the woman's previous picks were significant long shots, including Funny Duck (39-1) and Yoshida (9-1).

Justify captured the opening leg of U.S. flat racing's Triple Crown, which continues in two weeks at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland, and concludes with June's Belmont Stakes in NY.

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