Kentucky Derby: Justify Runs Clean Race, Ready to Star in Tide Commercial
History usually starts at Churchill Downs.
Today, it was made.
Kentucky Derby favorite never broke from a gate as a two-year old, thus becoming the first horse since 1882 win this race without doing so.
Paying $7.80 to chalk chasers spread the happiness all around.
However, one of the track's more joyous humans had to be Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.
Not only did he strike a blow for OGs everywhere by becoming the second-oldest jockey to bring home a Derby winner, just look at how he emerged from the 1¼-mile gallop:
It's only a matter of time before the endorsement offer comes in:
It'd help, of course, if Justify claimed the other two Triple Crown jewels, and those odds look pretty decent, too.
The Preakness field looks like it's gonna be thin:
- Bolt d’Oro and Mendelssohn left for their home stables with no plans to enter,
- Derby runner-up and serious challenger Good Magic is only a maybe, and
- Show horse Audible's trainer, Todd Pletcher, has never been a fan of the two-week turnaround between the Derby and Preakness.
So, barring a monumental upset in Baltimore ...
Justify was three-for-three this year prior to the Derby. Right now, a six-for-six season appears very much a possibility.
Tide would be all for it. Nothing like a clean sweep.