Kentucky Derby 144

Presented by Woodford Reserve

Photos by Tony Bennett, Amber Chalfin, Kathryn Harrington, Scott Henson, Jenn McNelly, Louis Tinsley, Christian Watson and Hunter Zieske

An impressive 157,813 people descended upon Churchill Downs May 5 for the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. Justify and jockey Mike Smith took home the coveted title and the garland of roses, despite record-setting rain and flooding.

  • 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.

  • LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 5, 2018) – WinStar Farm, China Horse Club, Starlight Racing and Head of Plains Partners’ favored Justify took command at the half-mile pole and roared away to a 2 ½-length victory over Good Magic under the lights at Churchill Downs to win the 144th running of the $2,192,000 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) for 3-year-olds on a soggy Saturday afternoon before a crowd of 157,813, the eight largest crowd in Derby history.

  • Saturday May 5, 2018

  • Justify gave trainer Bob Baffert his fifth Kentucky Derby victory and jockey Mike Smith his second. Baffert now trails only Ben Jones (six Derby wins). Baffertís other victories came with Silver Charm (1997), Real Quiet (1998), War Emblem (2002) and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (2015). Smithís other Derby victory came in 2005 with Giacomo

  • The winning connections celebrate the win with the Mumm Champagne spray

  • Co Owners Jack Wolf of Starlight Stables andKenny Trout of Winstar hoist the trophy

  • Greg Sztorc, Kylie Marshall-Bong, Brooke King, Keith Betz

  • Lynne and Leisha Anderson

  • Randall Connell, Mike Messick.

  • Michael Dauro, Nick Hansen, Joe Evers.

  • Leslie Plonk, Elizabeth Morrison, Sunnye Evans.

  • Randi and Shaun Takkinen from Orange County, CA. (Dean Ford in background)

  • Winning Jockey Mike Smith and Bob's son Bode hold the statue together

  • Dan Day, Jenny Day

  • Dustin Leger, Kenya Leger

  • Darcy Locke

  • Rainer Engel, Terrin Williams

  • Darren Rook, Hensley Hanson

  • Julie Tecau, Jeff Tecau, Jill Tepe, Nick Tepe, Jenny Schroen, JD Schroen

  • Regina Valdes-Rodriguez, Robert Valdes-Rodriguez

  • Taylor Fain, Whitney Bader

  • Alesia Johnson, Brook Johnson

  • Michelle Stratton, Nick Stratton

  • Camille Cramer

  • Jim Vasser, Shirley Vasser

  • Rebecca Kroll, David Kroll

  • Victoria Verrastro, Kate O'Connor

  • Sam Harrison, Hannah Clark

  • Jeff Ketterman, Carrie Ketterman

  • Madison Glitschiger, Alex Hubbard

  • Greg Creedi, Allison Creedi, Jeff Stesiak, Pam Stesiak, Charlie Slack, Beth Slack

  • Brandon Hershman, Hillary Mullins

  • Ashley Knolls, Donna Knolls

  • Greg Creedi, Allison Creedi, Jeff Stesiak, Pam Stesiak, Shaun Takkinen, Randi Takkinen, Charlie Slack, Beth Slack

  • Ceaser Rodriguez, Elisabeth Rodriguez

  • Shelby McGuire

  • Sara Burrito, Melissa Brown

  • Eric Wentz, Alicia Kimminau

  • Zach Rieger, Arlene Rieger

  • Taylor Bentley, Andrea Bentley

  • Stephen Lewis, Heather Lewis

  • Morgan Baker, Marianne Fields, Mckenzie Kissinger, Debbie Clark, Katie Ziegler

  • Steve Reiber, Rebecca Rieber

  • Jaclyn Valde, Teresa Espinosa

  • Dallas Christian, Kristy Christian

  • Dallas Christian, Kristy Christian, Lizzie Workman, Brad Allen

  • Jill and Scott Gosse

  • Shanique McDonald

  • Ray and Betsy Johnson, Mandy Gonzales

  • Darren Davis, Mark Coleman

  • Gene and Luke Hutchens

  • Joan Jones, Dustin Brennan, Angela Rocchi

  • Trey Henson

  • Earl Taylor Jr., Earl Taylor Sr.

  • Brenda and Emily Cops

  • Richard and Kathleen

  • Renee Rosenbach, Nancy Jones, Greg Wendelken

  • Greg Wolters, Dan Rooks

  • Carrie Wolters, Debbie Rooks

  • Ed and Sue Diehl

  • Rachel Bailey, Kaitlyn Marshall, Katie McGraw, Ally Wells, Lexie Ratterman, Gina Glaros

  • Tiffany McNabb, Betsy Dexter, Tiffany Salsman

  • Ryan Assay, Josh Papay, Mike Badel

  • Nancy Bounds, B. Shanks, Beth Ruoff, Dave Ruoff

  • Sean Taylor, Zack Smith

  • Chelsea Goldberg

  • Ashley and Mitch Glenn

  • Alex Steele

  • Andrew Mariani, Scott Doucette

  • Sierra Dantzler, Gerrell Lilly

  • Robert Nero, Cheyenne Mystry, Chase Cowart, Daniel Fishman, Nick White, Greg Cox, Husein Dharas, Maddie Kay

  • Brian Ricketts, Kristin Ricketts, Lilly Ricketts, Minnie Ricketts

  • Darrell and Nichole Bull

  • Jason Miller

  • Libby Butler, Doug Mitchell, Daniel McGranaghan

  • Peter Harding, Mike Armsby

  • Lloy Ball (Olympic gold medalist), Dena Chamberlain, Heather Morgan

  • Cyndy Stahl, Stephen Pahlke

  • Devin Dirks, Koby Brown, Eddie Tukpeyi, Anjola Ladenegan, Ammanuiel Kebede

  • Amy Kissel, Jacinda Hughen, Haley Kissel

  • Wes Rutledge, Chris Robinson, Chris Leyh, Chase Strand, Ralph Marcuccilli

  • Brian and Monica Ambrose

  • Chelsea Detrich

  • Ryan Ladouce, Chris Doherty, Brandon Nichols

  • Nick and Nicoletta Pecora, Rick Pecora, Jovi Tisma, Laura B.

  • Derby Princesses

  • Mayor Greg Fisher

  • Travis Tritt

  • Stacey Robinson and Monte Durham

  • Tara Lipinski

  • Floyd and Deborah Little

  • Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir

  • Johnny Weir

  • Andre and Rhonda Tippett

  • Dylan Dreyer

  • Richard and Tina Lawson

  • Charles and Karen Haley

  • Orlando and Carla Pace

  • Curly and Colleette Culp

  • Taylor Kitsch

  • Tony and Janet Dorsett

  • Kid Rock

  • Anthony Anderson

  • Dannielynn and Larry Birkhead

  • Dannielynn Birkhead

  • Tom Colicchio

  • Graham Elliot

  • Joey Fatone

  • Nathan Moris

  • Clint Croucher

  • JD and Amy Shelburne

  • Kirk Kaiser

  • Teddie Mellencamp and family

  • Dean Newton

  • Mike Meek

  • Rhonda and Leea Bridgeman

  • Eden, Justin, and Ryan Bridgeman "The Trifecta"

  • Eddie and Jennifer Montgomery

  • Kevin Roberts

  • Shawn Stockman

  • Shawn Stockman and Kevin Roberts

  • Star Jones and Ricardo Lugo

  • Richard Williamson III and Cate Williamson

  • Patrick Sharp

  • Jason and Michelle Witten

  • Laila Ali

  • Donovan Carter

  • Paul and Dee Dee Sorvino

  • Terri Clark

  • Pentatonix

  • Reggie Calloway

  • Rob Angel

  • Stephen and Cassandra Amell

  • Aisha Tyler

  • Warren Moon and Bob Guiney

  • Shannon Burton in Rose Dress Dress sponsored by the Churchill Downs foundation made by Amy Streeter

  • Mary Wilson

  • Von Miller

  • Victoria Justice

  • Barret Swatek

  • Ty and Holly Burell

  • Levon Wallace

  • Jonathan Goldsmith

  • Sir Riccardo and Dr. Stacie Stephenson

  • Sammi Barber

  • Shawn and Keifer Thompson Thompson Squared country music duo

  • Megan Scrimshaw

  • Norton Herrick

  • Priscilla and Patricia Barnstable

  • Mike Mills

  • Jordan and Kristen Smith

  • Amanda Cerny

  • Bobby Brown

  • Johnny Knox

  • Luke Hancock and Kaelyn Gault

  • Nora Roberts

  • Jay Gruden

  • Jackie Zycan

  • Chris and Lili Valletto

  • Mark Lampkin

  • Steve and Jennifer Powers

  • Brian and Ashley Brohm

  • Conor McDermott

  • Leslie and Eric Wood

  • 144th Kentucky Derby

  • 144th Kentucky Derby

  • Jockey Mike Smith gives a thumbs up after winning the 144th Kentucky Derby on the favorite Justify

  • The Garland of Roses is being put on Justify the winner of the 144th Kentucky Derby

  • Justify winner of the 144th Kentucky Derby

  • Justify winner of the 144th Kentucky Derby

  • Michael Trotter, Mike Dettman and Sam Wagenheim.

  • Sam and Jimbo Simmons.

  • Mark Lamkin.

  • Pam Watkins, Lisa Hester, Stacie Garrett and Julie Diamond.

  • Randall and Sherry Attkisson.

  • John and Kristina Lackey.

  • Justin Ward, Kylee Ervin, Audrey Berry and Bob Ritchie.

  • Delilah and Laura McMahon and Lynn Puana.

  • Ines Hernandez.

  • Tim Laird and Janice Dean.

  • Tim Laird, Janice Dean, Nicole Cerro, Samantha Honig and Sabrina Wolman.

  • Samantha Young, Janelle Bruner and Christina Dettman.

  • Fiona and Shane Bennett.

  • Dave Kalmar, Sean Murphy, Johnny Randall and Don Schieble.

  • Larry Sinclair and Joe Crossley.

  • Megan Rajadhyaksha, Criselda Breene, Nikki Squire, Asha Elias, Suzy Buckley Woodward and Alexa Iacovelli.

  • Meghana Rajadhyaksha, Criselda Breene, Nikki Squire, Asha Elias, Carol Iacovelli, Suzy Buckley Woodward, Alexa Iacovelli and Jocelyn Cortez.

  • Brook Schmalz, Miles Stackpool, Lanette Hanson and Kristi Eastland.

  • Jonathan and Felice Marshall.

  • Shannon and Dan Kessler.

  • Chris and Hunter Morin.

  • Annarita Giorgi, Linda Amicone, Lisa Schwab and Enza Maggio.

  • Jared Hensley.

  • Noel Caldwell and Mark Steger.

  • Marlowe Steger and Lauren Schuette.

  • Cordt Huneke, Gabriel Cardenas, Noemi Garcia, Thais Tavares, Rob Penta and Howard and Penta Lemon.

  • Katie Barton, Betsy Ewing and Maggie Boasberg.

  • Mark Weis, Cindy Russell, Laura Weis, Paul Varga and Glenn Hogan.

  • Von Miller and David Kitchen.

  • Courtney Wobbe, Sandy Newton and Trisha Shepard.

  • Jason Williamson, Tracey Wilkes, Anita Cauley and Trey Young.

  • Anita Cauley.

  • Joey, Lisa, Sean and Jake Garber.

  • Jared Hensley.

  • Kris Jones, John Rawlins and John and Troyce Bennett.

  • Dannielynn and Larry Birkhead.

  • Pam Benger, Michelle Witten and Jacqueline Brown.

  • Kelly and Dom Deluca.

  • Pam Benger and Bruce Zoldan.

  • Bruce Zoldan, Pam Benger and Jeff Ruby watching the race.

  • Cate and Arny Yashar.

  • Jason Witten.

  • John Wilson and Titus Matthews.

  • Pricilla Barnstable, Terri Clark, Anita Cochran and Patricia Barnstable-Brown.

  • Megan Gillon and Jared Hensley.

  • Kate Smith and Rachel Bell.

  • David Levitch and Ashley Pettibone.

  • Stephanie and Travis Leach and Tara and Sean Mockbee.

  • Kelly Seiler and Chuck Lanford.

  • Kelly and Joe Seiler

  • Leigh Pickett and Sheila Walker.

  • Michael and Elain Brennan, Rich and Tami Fikis and David and Megan Coltus.

  • Lana Carlton and Jeff McLennan.

  • Tish Buckner, Cassidy Wood and Angie Akers.

  • Courtney Rider, Megan Morris and Claire Wilhite.

  • Jared Hensley.

  • Mike and Linda Brawner, Barbara and Bobby Williams.

  • Christi Mack, Leslie Charney and Shelly Breier.

  • Katrina Brown, Vince Byrd and Amber Augustus.

  • Webb Langeliers, Jeff McIlroy, Billy Stimpson, Craig Reger and Jason Higgins.

  • Frank Roccisano, Melisa Neichter, Ben and Shelley Breier, Rashan Carmicle, Daniel Diamond and Kendall Cogan.

  • Sammi Barber and Megan Scrimshaw.

  • Ian Murray, Renell Herlocker and Kelley James.

  • Johnny Knoxville.

  • Jared Hensley and Megan Gillon.

  • Jared Hensley and Megan Gillon.

  • Vanessa Cruz, Alexis and Danielle Espinosa, Ashleigh Hendrickson, Erica Espinosa and Andrea Moreno.

  • Terri and Bill Kuchulis.

  • Jim Brajdic, Joe Mand and Shawn Longley.

  • Eric and Denise Casey.

  • Rudy Edelen, Rob Dobie, Emmett Cleary, Brandon Barden, Matt O’Donoghue and Jack Mehoff.

  • Bryce Heinzen, Heidi Blizzard, Bret Blizzard and Luke Holschbach.

  • George Kibler, Gregory Kibler, Chancey Jackson and Demetrius Tatum.

  • Sarah Weck, Tricia Vee, Megan Mihelich and Canan Yesilhoca.

  • Tim Hellige and Lonna Smith.

  • Naethan Hadesty and Jacqueline Libero.

  • Amy and Terrence Chance.

  • Kevin Bell, Fred Rothmeijer and Stuart Foster.

  • Amy and Terrence Chance, Lay Taylor and Theron Morgan.

  • Shalanna Taylor and Jessica McCauley.

  • Amy and James Fuller, Chad and Kelly Kitts.

  • Nancy Moody and Carol Byerley.

  • Tim Downard, Kevin McNeal and Winston McNeal.

  • Jessica Taylor, Jenny Cantrell, Cristy Seely, Jacinda Sipes, Sharell Sandvoss and Erika Wilhelmi.

  • Virginia Jones and Chase Sanders.

  • Brian Kriado, Alicia Dellinger, Savanah Morrison, Casey and Ryan Dupilka.

  • Sarah Foster, Amy Bell, Stuart Foster, Julie Rothmeijer and Kevin Bell.

  • Catherine Cherland and Jessica Cutter.

  • Kalvin Brown.

  • Jim Bunzeluk.

  • Stacey Spillman.

  • Kirk and Caroline James.

  • Sam Kiran, Anita Mannam, Anusha Mannam, Sreen Mannam, Sarasee Kiran, Mona Kiran, Sylee Kiran, Anjali Mannam and Pradeep Padnabhanabam.

  • Wendy Martin and Brittany Jensen.

  • Carson Grisham.

  • Andrew Johansen, Chris Kerr and Eric Fobes.

  • Becky Poole and Jessica Pollio.

  • Jeanette and Ben Proffitt.

  • Sarah and Rob Prazak.

  • Charlie Ryland, Ben Eakes, Brian Olson and Sam Loughlin.