Woman wins $1.2 million on $18 horse racing bet

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08 May, 2018

A Texas girl won £1.2 million on a £ 18 "Select 5" stake that comprised Kentucky Derby winnner Justify. But thanks to an early tip, one bettor was able to lock in Justify at 300/1 odds for $500 back in February, before he had ever run a race.

Clinton Glasscock said he and his father usually spend about $2.5 million to $3 million a year on horses with investments through Starlight.

Smith and Justify head to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes, on May 19 in Baltimore.

"Amazing horse", Smith said.

"I didn't tell them I'd think about it", Baffert said of the telephone invitation he received from Preakness officials, via the Associated Press.

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"When he got away clean, then I thought we had a chance", Baffert said.

In fact, the woman's winnings almost matched the $1.24 million prize Justify won in the famed thoroughbred Run for the Roses. "We've just got to go from there". His four other Derby winners - Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem and American Pharoah - all won the 1 3/16-mile race. Mendelssohn, aiming to claim the first Derby win for a Europe-hailing horse, finished last, while My Boy Jack finished fifth.

"I didn't tell them I'd think about it", he said.

As for Justify's challengers at Pimlico, don't expect to see too numerous 19 horses he bested at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Further, Justify would have to break the "Curse of Apollo" to win - he had never raced as a two-year-old, and no horse has won the "Run for the Roses" without doing so since Apollo in 1882. It started in 1997 with Silver Charm, followed by Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002 and American Pharoah in 2015. Chad Brown, the trainer of Good Magic, said after the race that he would not take his horse to the Preakness. Heres to Justify, America will be watching and rooting for you. "If I like the way he comes out of that, then we'll take a shot at the Belmont".


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