WinStar, which won its first Derby when Super Saver romped in the slop in 2010, owns the majority of the horse, and its president and chief executive, Elliott Walden, made a decision to name him Justify at the suggestion of an assistant.
"For a horse to do what he has done he has to be really great", Baffert said. Diamond King, who won the Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel, is also possible for the race.
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. "If I like the way he comes out of that, then we'll take a shot at the Belmont".
The Derby record for most wins by a trainer is within Baffert's grasp, too.
"Right now I'm thinking just keep him healthy", he said.
Justify ran 1¼ miles in 2:04.20. "He has got the mind for it".
After charging ahead at the final turn, the undefeated chestnut colt held off Good Magic, finishing by 2 1/2 lengths in 2 minutes 4.20 seconds.
It was a rainy Saturday at Churchill Downs, making the track a bit sloppy for the horses, but Justify was able to break well out of the gate.
However, the big money in horse racing is in the so-called "exotic" bets.
Frost Brown Todd-the largest law firm in Louisville, Kentucky-entertained clients during a week of Kentucky Derby events, while its chairman emeritus had an even bigger stake in the Run for the Roses.
Justify, Good Magic, Audible, Instilled Regard and My Boy Jack were the top five horses in the race. Almost 3 inches fell on the crowd of 157,813 throughout the day.
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