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He made his debut February 18 and only one other Derby victor broke his maiden at a later date: Brokers Tip when he won the Derby on May 6, 1933.

Baffert guided his fifth Derby victor out of the barn and walked him in a tight circle for fans who eagerly snapped photos on their phones.

"I was just in awe of the performance", he said.

Justify, the 5-2 favorite, became the first Derby victor in 136 years that did not race as a 2-year-old.

The white-haired trainer smashed a jinx that stood for 136 years when Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2½ lengths on Saturday.

The fact Justify was still frisky to run after the sixth-fastest opening quarter-mile in Derby history at 22.24 seconds and a muddy race spoke volumes to Baffert in terms of winning style and what the future might bring.

"It would take a horse like him to break that curse". At the three-eighths pole I thought, 'Man, he better be a really good horse.' We saw another gear that we hadn't seen yet.

He continued, "He's got that "it" factor, he's just so above average with unbelievable talent and he's got the mind to go with it". "Right now I'm just thinking about keeping him healthy. When we won his second race we were in Pharoah territory".

We asked if we could start putting Justify in the same conversation as American Pharoah - who won the Triple Crown - and Baffert told us it's not a insane comparison. "I want to provide the owners with as much information as possible about what I see and then let them decide". Lukas has won the Preakness six times.

"I really thought I was going to get there", Good Magic's jockey, Jose Ortiz, said.

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