Justify was the heavy favorite for the 2018 Derby, with 3-1 odds. The three-year-old colt only ran his first race in February, in Santa Anita, CA. He has since raced twice more, in March and again last month.
He won all three races.
In his debut, he won by nine and a half lengths, which would easily be a Derby record. Then in March, he won with ease on a muddy track before taking his biggest prize yet, the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, in April.
It’s an impressive race record for a horse so fresh to the track.
“For a young horse, man, he’s got a great mind,” hall of fame jockey Mike Smith, who’s ridden him in two of the victories, told the LA Times. “That might allow him to catch up maybe sooner than a normal horse would take, because of his talent and the mind to go with it.”
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