2018 Kentucky Derby (65 images)

Justify, with Jockey Mike Smith up, won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. on Saturday.
Updated: May 6, 2018 at 10:44 AM
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Jockey Mike Smith, aboard Justify, wins the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. Photo by Mark Abraham/UPI
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Smith aboard Justify (C) crosses the finish line. Photo by Jason Szenes/UPI
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"I can't describe how amazing this horse is," said Smith, who gave Justify just a few taps with the whip in deep stretch. "My vocabulary doesn't have the words for it. For such a young horse, he's so big and strong." Photo by Jason Szenes/UPI
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Trainer Bob Baffert (L) and Smith aboard Justify (R) react after winning. Photo by Scott A. Tockett/UPI
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Justify, with Mike Smith up, got off to a perfect start, raced right with a fast early pace and had plenty left in the stretch run, winning by a comfortable 2 1/2 lengths over last year's 2-year-old champion, Good Magic. Photo by Mark Abraham/UPI
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On a day featuring some 3 inches of rain, Smith and Justify came to the winner's circle virtually mud-free. Photo by Mark Abraham/UPI
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Smith sprays champagne in the winners circle. Baffert (L) won the Derby for the fifth time, putting him second on the all-time list behind only Ben Jones, who won six times. Smith, known in the sport as "Big Money Mike", scored his second win in the Run for the Roses. Photo by Mark Abraham/UPI
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