Justify wins Kentucky Derby on soggy track

Justify wins Kentucky Derby on soggy track

Justify wins Kentucky Derby on soggy track

Kentucky Derby day off to drizzly start - againAP Photo DBY108, DBY119, DBY109, DBY106, GFX6450Eds: Updates with weather item. So, what time should you tune in?

He's 3-0-1 in five starts, but he finished ninth at the Florida Derby, so like plenty of others, he's due. Steady and experienced, his jockey has also won the Kentucky Derby a trio of times.

The mile and a quarter distance is also new territory for numerous horses in the race, so projecting how they'll fare could come down to their breeding and a little guesswork.

Todd Pletcher will saddle four horses: Audible, the co-third choice at 6-1, along with longshots Magnum Moon, Vino Rosso and Noble Indy.

Bob Baffert is America's preeminent horse trainer, having produced four Kentucky Derby winners, including the most recent Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, in the last 21 years. They'll be trying to disprove an old jinx: No horse since Apollo in 1882 has won without racing as a juvenile. And because Justify has only three races under his belt, running in a packed field of 20 might be a bit new to him.

Magnum Moon, a three year-old horse, is owned by Robert and Lawana Low who own Prime Trucking. Bolt d'Oro finished second to Justify in the Santa Anita Derby. You could argue he deserves even better odds.

"Audible is not our horse (we coincidentally share our name), but we always love a great story, as do our millions of listeners, and we couldn't pass up this unique opportunity to be part of Audible's story at the race for the roses", Audible senior vice president of marketing John Harrobin explained to Fortune.

"We don't dream to have a horse like him". Like Justify, though, he's up against history - no European horse has ever won the Derby.

"I can't describe how special this horse is". He's placed in five of seven starts, though. Flameaway and Firenze Fire are the only horses with more than one start in the mud. Jockeys want to avoid anything that would prevent their horse from getting into rhythm, like being bumped, cut off or blocked.

The Irishman has fielded winners in some of the world's biggest races - including the $2 million UAE Derby, which Mendelssohn won in Dubai in March.

This is a bad post position, and there's no indication that Combatant, with one win in eight starts, can muster much from it.

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