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

Lavender Earlier Larry Birkhead 45 and a guest attended the 144th running of the Kentucky Oaks

Justify's ownership team took home $1.24 million after the favorite won Saturday's Kentucky Derby, the $500,000 they shelled out for the colt in 2016 looking like money well spent.

Justify was bred in Kentucky by John Gunther of Vancouver.

Jockey Mike Smith, 52, is also being praised for the successful Derby run, but Smith is directing those praises upward.

"There's no telling what this horse can do", Smith said.

He continued, "He's got that "it" factor, he's just so above average with unbelievable talent and he's got the mind to go with it". Promises Fulfilled went to the lead, but Justify never let him get away. "He was loving this stuff".

However, about the most you're going to make on such a bet is about $100 to every one dollar you bet - and that's in the rare event that an extra-long long-shot wins.

"He looks phenomenal", Baffert said.

This year, Justify was the pari-mutuel favorite who returned $7.60 to win for every $2 wagered. His four other Derby winners - Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah - all won the 1 3/16-mile race.

But months before the race, one courageous bettor wagered $500 on Justify when he was still unraced, and it wasn't even a certainty that he would participate in the Derby.

Justify, who was bred by John D. Gunther of Vancouver and raised by Gunther's daughter in Louisville, Kentucky, won with a time of 2:04.20. "I didn't say anything".

Smith, Justify was able to prove oddsmakers right with the victory.

Brooks and Dunn were together again as they took in the race, Thompson Square made their first Derby appearance, Jake Owen brought along his girlfriend, Terri Clark shined in a mint green blazer and more. "The race was over for him then".

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