Today he's been a handful.
Shortly after crossing the finish line, still mounted on the chestnut-colored colt, Smith looks to the sky giving thanks to the Creator he says got them there. "Usually they're a little bit exhausted, but he was good".
Putting down $18, the woman won $1.2 million. The third race of the treble is June 9 at the Belmont Stakes in NY.
"I thought he was special, and then after his maiden win I thought, 'Man he is really, really special, '" Baffert said.
In another big Kentucky Derby win, a Las Vegas gambler placed a 300-to-1 futures bet on Justify winning the Kentucky Derby at the Wynn sportsbook in February, before the colt even was guaranteed a spot in the race. In 2015, a bettor at Saratoga Race Course correctly picked all five winners to collect $471,124.50 off a 50 cent bet.
Promises Fulfilled led the field of 20 through the first six furlongs with fractions of:22.24, :45.77 and 1:11.01 with Justify in closest pursuit.
"It would take a horse like him to break that curse. It was a pretty awesome performance". Derby runner-up Good Magic, last year's 2-year-old champion and Breeders' Cup Juvenile victor, appears unlikely to run in the Preakness. That's where the greatness comes in. "We've just got to go from there". "He does it so easily".
Now, Baffert is in position to make another run at the Triple Crown.
"I'm not thinking about that at all, not yet", he said. "I just basically stayed out the way". We still have another one in a couple of weeks if all's well. "When we won his second race we were in Pharoah territory".
What sort of rivals will show up in Baltimore is anyone's guess. Good Magic was second, while Audible finished third.
"I want to give myself a little room to really observe the horse", Brown said.
"He ran beyond our expectations", said Bravaso trainer D. Wayne Lukas.