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Bravazo, who finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby, probably will run in the Preakness for trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a six-time victor of the race.

Saturday being a wet, muddy day at Churchill Downs made for ideal conditions for long-short horses to come in (sometimes a wet track makes it more likely for long-short horses to finish in the money).

Saturday's result, which came in slop that made the race itself more unpredictable, marked the sixth year in a row that the favorite had won the Derby.

Entering the final turn, Justify took the lead and kept on going to the finish.

Winning the Kentucky Derby in only a horse's fourth lifetime start has been accomplished just twice before.

Good Magic, who ran a good but futile second, is on the fence for the Preakness.

Justify, who was bred by John D. Gunther of Vancouver and raised by Gunther's daughter in Louisville, Kentucky, won with a time of 2:04.20. Nevertheless, only four horses have won the Preakness having not run in the Kentucky Derby over the past 34 years.

She picked Maraud to win the American Turf Stakes in the ninth race, and Funny Duck to take the Pat Day Mile race despite 39-1 odds. His other Derby triumph came in 2005 when he scored with the 50-1 shot Giacomo, and this time the challenge was to guide his supremely talented, but woefully inexperienced, mount to victory in a jammed 20-horse field.

"My job was just to get him out of there", he said. "Right now I'm just thinking about keeping him healthy". But he said: "I've never been on a 3-year-old like this".

The favorite has won the Kentucky Derby for six consecutive years, the longest streak in the race's history.

Justify captured the opening leg of USA flat racing's Triple Crown, which continues in two weeks at the Preakness in Baltimore, Maryland, and concludes with June's Belmont Stakes in NY.

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