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Justify wins sloppy Kentucky Derby, Baffert takes 5th title

Justify wins sloppy Kentucky Derby, Baffert takes 5th title Photo: AP.

May 05, 2018 07:14 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths on Saturday, becoming the first colt in 136 years to wear the roses after not racing as a 2-year-old.
    
The colt that began his racing career in February improved to 4-0 and gave Bob Baffert his fifth Derby victory. That snapped a tie and left the 65-year-old trainer trailing only Ben Jones with six.
    
Mike Smith earned his second Derby victory. The 52-year-old jockey crossed the finish line at Churchill Downs with only a few specks of mud on his white and green silks in the rainiest Derby in the race's 144-year history.
    
Justify, the 5-2 favorite in the field of 20, ran 1¼ miles in 2:04.20.
    
Good Magic finished second and Audible was another head back in third.

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