After skipping Kentucky Derby, Quip officially in field for 143rd Preakness

Justrify wins the Kentucky Derby

The sound of at least 30 cameras buzzing and clicking broke the silence of the backstretch as Baffert tried to steady his horse.

For the first time since 1882, a colt won the Derby after not racing as a 2-year-old.

Baffert was foreshadowing just what an upside awaits Justify. He came back and he really wasn't that exhausted. "I mean he's full of himself". He knows he's a stud. When he came out of the stall, he's was pulling me around. "Usually they're a little bit exhausted".

"It took a great horse to do what he did today, ' said Bob Baffert who trained Justify and now has five Kentucky Derby victories including American Pharoah, the Triple Crown victor". Justify's next step is in two weeks at the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Meanwhile, the Preakness Stakes appears to be in Justify's future. We looked at it at that time and asked the question, if we did win the Derby, would we still run Quip in the Preakness?

There's a historical reason to back that theory. It started in 1997 with Silver Charm, followed by Real Quiet in 1998, War Emblem in 2002 and American Pharoah in 2015.

Commending Justify's win, Brown said, "I'm very impressed". The thoroughbred racing, stallion and breeding farm near Versailles, Kentucky, has many successful horses on their resume such as Distorted Humor, Pioneerof the Nile and Tiznow.

Justify is the victor of the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Justify is expected to ship to Pimlico next Tuesday for a race that Baffert has never lost when bringing in a Derby victor. Quip won the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby and finished second to Magnum Moon in the Arkansas Derby. "That was probably his best race". Justify won the event by two-and-one-half lengths, and he finished the race in 2:04.20. "The outrider had to help pull him up". He wanted Justify to get off to a fast start so he could avoid the traffic that could damage any horse's chance to win the Run for the Roses. I keep using the term 'above average, ' because he has a mind to him as well. "It was a pretty awesome performance".

All of us at The Voice-Tribune hope you enjoy the hundreds of images capturing the best of the Kentucky Derby and subsequent celebrations you'll find in this, our Derby Wrap-Up Issue 2018.

While there is no confirmation on the line-up, it is likely that one of the participants could be the runner-up at the Derby, Good Magic.

"I want him back in NY and that gives me time to decide what's next", Brown said. His sire, Curlin, won the Preakness after coming up short in the Derby, but Brown's immediate concern was for his colt.

"He deserves the opportunity", Walden said of Quip's entry in the Preakness.

In the case of Justify, however, the stakes are way different believes the trainer.

The Preakness notes team also reports that Diamond King, victor of the Federico Tesio Stakes, will run in the Preakness.

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