>> Chestnut called Justify was victorious at the rainiest Kentucky Derby yet. Three inches of rain and a track churned into mud couldn’t prevent Justify and his jockey from riding into history. He’s the first winner of the Kentucky Derby in 136 years to conquer the track without having raced as a two year old.
The last horse to do so in 1882 was named Apollo. Jockey Mike Smith said it would take a horse like Justify to break the so called curse of Apollo, and he did. Justify won by two and a half lengths, fending off runner up Good Magic. The colt's victory earned over a million dollars for his jockey, trainer, and owners, and marked the fifth triumph for Justified trainer, Bob Baffords, who also trained 2015 Triple Crown winner, American Pharaoh.