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Meet the Horse that Won the Kentucky Derby

Hannah Brewster, Contributor

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The 144th year of the Kentucky Derby was held on May 5, 2018 at 10:30 p.m.. Justify broke cleanly through the starting gate and took the lead. Justify won his Triple Crown at Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY on this day. The three-year-old male horse won a $1,432,000 paycheck for his jockey, trainer (Bob Baffert), and owner.  

Justify is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. He is the first three-year-old to win since 1882. Justify was born on March 28, 2015 and his color is recognized as chestnut with a white blaze on his face. His breeder is named John D. Gunther. 

Justify’s father was named Scat Daddy; he passed away on Dec. 14, 2015. Scat Daddy was also an American Thoroughbred horse; he won four stakes races. He also was a chestnut color.  

Many viewers say, “Justify has never run in race where he didn’t cross the finish line.” Although it started raining and everything turned to mud, Justify did not give up. He pushed until he crossed that finish line in first place.  

Justify is co-owned by WinStar Farm, Head of Plains Partners, Starlight Racing & the China Horse Club. The rider of Justify is 52-year-old Mike Smith; he goes by the name of “Big Money Mike.”  

Mike Smith said his wife, Jill, wore a green dress which is ironic because according to Mike wearing green represents bad luck. Maybe next season the color green will turn into good luck instead of bad luck.  

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Hello, my name is Hannah Brewster and I have a passion for working with animals. I also can't wait to graduate! See you later cool cat.

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