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We asked if we could start putting Justify in the same conversation as American Pharoah - who won the Triple Crown - and Baffert told us it's not a insane comparison. Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Audible, usually sits out the Preakness if he does not have the victor of the Kentucky Derby, preparing to work his horses up to the Belmont Stakes in NY, the third jewel of the Triple Crown.

"He knows he's a stud", Baffert said. "Right now I'm just thinking about keeping him healthy". Justify is the sixth straight favorite to win the race, and remained undefeated.

But months before the race, one fearless bettor wagered $500 on Justify when he was still unraced, and it wasn't even a certainty that he would participate in the Derby. "If he wins the Preakness then we'll see". At the three-eighths pole I thought, 'Man, he better be a really good horse.' We saw another gear that we hadn't seen yet.

This year, Justify was the pari-mutuel favorite who returned $7.60 to win for every $2 wagered.

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A B.C. breeder's horse won the prestigious Kentucky Derby over the weekend. He is so above average; he's got unbelievable talent and he's got a mind to go with it.

But what about Good Magic, which finished 2 1/2 lengths behind Justify in second place on Saturday?

Justify is co-owned by WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing and the China Horse Club.

"Justify looked like a big monster", said Chad Brown, who trains Good Magic. Almost 3 inches fell on the crowd of 157,813 throughout the day. "He says to me, 'Johnny, I got a horse I want to bet in the future book.' I said, 'I'll tell you what I'll do". Prior to the race, that the bureau tweeted that rain levels in Louisville stood in 2.83 inches.

  • Lawrence Cooper