The purse for the Preakness is $1.5 million, slightly less than the $2 million that the Derby yields.
Smith, who won the Derby on Giacomo in 2005, said the victory was due to the horse.
When asked about the race right after his big win, the first thing Smith does is thank Jesus, telling reporters, "I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us on this afternoon, and blessing us with this awesome horse". She picked the winners of 5 races and got them right.
Promises Fulfilled fell back and Justify was able to hold off Good Magic, who came second, and Bolt d'Oro, who finished in third, for the big victory.
And Margaret Reid nailed it, reports My San Antonio, correctly choosing Limousine Liberal as victor of the day's 8th race, the Churchill Downs Stakes; then Maraud in the American Turf Stakes; Funny Duck (and his 39-1 odds) in the Pat Day Mile; Yoshida in the Old Forester Turf Classic; and then, of course, Justify.
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That is, until Justify took the lead in the final turn.
Justify won the 144th running of the $2,192,000 Kentucky Derby, with Mike Smith in the irons. "I just basically stayed out the way". Of his 19 rivals in the Derby, it appears most will skip the second leg of the Triple Crown in favor of resting and being pointed toward other races.
The day after the Kentucky Derby is usually reserved for talk of a Triple Crown.
"I want him back in NY and that gives me time to decide what's next", Brown said. "We saw something really great. That said, his sire (Curlin) came back in two weeks and won the Preakness". "I'd say we'll probably go".