The Kentucky Derby is often full of surprises, but Justify held up as Vegas expected despite a muddy track. Heavy will have the full Kentucky Derby race results as soon as they are released.
Trainer Bob Baffert was worried about Justify’s start, given the horse had little experience running in the back of the pack. Justify came up huge with a fast start, and took the lead midway through the race. Justify held the lead, and never looked back.
Rain began in the early hours on Saturday creating less than ideal track conditions at Churchill Downs. Horses were racing in the mud, something that was new for the majority of the field. Justify entered the race as the favorite thanks to his speed along with the backing of famed trainer Baffert. The trainer spoke with USA Today about why Justify has a chance to live up to the hype.
“He’s always been a superior animal,” Baffert told the USA Today. “When they’re that big and beautiful and then they can run and the way he’s bred, all the ingredients are there. Now we just need some racing luck…It’s good to be back with a horse that has a legitimate chance of winning. But there are six other horses that can pull it off if all goes well. It’s going to be a very competitive race.”
My Boy Jack started the week off with 30 to 1 odds, but moved into second in the odds at 5 to 1 just hours before the race started. My Boy Jack was one of the few horses who not only had experience running in the mud, but won several times in adverse conditions. Race fans seemed to be backing the horse many saw as a longshot early in the week.
Audible entered the race as another contender thanks to his Florida Derby victory. Audible worked with trainer Todd Pletcher who led Always Dreaming to a Florida Derby victory then a Kentucky Derby win in 2017. Pletcher was hoping to do the same thing with Audible.
Statistically, Pletcher had the best chance to get another Kentucky Derby victory with four horses in the race, giving him a 20 percent chance of finding the Winner’s Circle.
Mendelssohn was one of the other contenders after his dominant performance in the UAE Derby in Dubai. He was looking to become the first European-trained horse to win the Kentucky Derby. Many believed he had a shot after winning in Dubai by 18 1/2 lengths.
Here’s a look at the 2018 Kentucky Derby results and betting payouts.
Kentucky Derby Results 2018
Kentucky Derby Betting Payouts: Win, Place Show
The following data is courtesy of NBC. It is based on a $2 bet.
Source: Heavy Sports