Woman wins $1.2M on $18 Kentucky Derby bet

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The bet paid off huge, netting the gambler $150,000 with the win thanks to the help of an insider tip. Good Magic was sired by 2007 Preakness victor Curlin, but trainer Chad Brown won't commit to the Preakness just yet. "He has that presence about him".

"He's the most lovely horse", Baffert said.

Justify ran 1¼ miles in 2:04.20.

To understand how she got there, you need to understand a little bit about the sometimes-arcane world of betting on horse racing.

"When I came out of the stall, he was pulling me", the trainer said. "I thought, all right, we're going to see how good this horse is". "I have a young daughter that's going to be going to college in three years, so some of it will go there".

The Derby record for most wins by a trainer is within Baffert's grasp, too. Referring to the rain and the huge field of 20 starters, Smith said, "He was lovin' this stuff". "They take care of all the work for you".

Baffert was foreshadowing just what an upside awaits Justify.

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"He is really talented and fast, and he has a mind to go with it - he was just loving (the conditions and the crowd)".

Smith's silks were almost spotless after he kept 5-2 favorite Justify near the lead throughout the race. "Supercharged", is how Baffert described it. A 50-cent trifecta bet on Justify, Good Magic and Audible to finish in that order brought back $70.70.

The victory was worth $1,432,000 to owners WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners. In fact, two of her picks were indeed very long shots: Funny Duck won by a nose in his race despite 39-1 odds; and Yoshida won his race despite 9-1 odds. There's no story, he said, just a good name for a good horse. Quip, who qualified for the Kentucky Derby but whose trainer believed he needed more time, was also scheduled to run in two weeks.

It may take partner Sol Kumin a little longer to total his Churchill winnings since he is also a partner in Monomoy Girl, the victor of the Kentucky Oaks on May 4.

"I want him back in NY and that gives me time to decide what's next", trainer Chad Brown said. But the trend to team up, Wolf said, is here to stay.

The Sport of Kings knighted a brand new millionaire.

"The win today is equivalent to a gold medal in the Olympics", said Teo Ah Khing, the Harvard-educated architect who runs the China Horse Club. It started in 1997 with Silver Charm, followed by Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002 and American Pharoah in 2015. Surely, Kumin now felt differently. Then, she bet on the victor of the main event, and it turned out that she'd predicted accurately, according to ABC News.

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