But wait a minute, his six consecutive wins were not enough for many. One of the chief complaints, one most champions have had to reckon with, the caliber of his competition. Yet those in the know felt the 2018 Derby field to be the strongest in many years. He is a proven winner on dirt, whether dry or in the primordial glop of Churchill Downs, or the Preakness. And in the Santa Anita Derby he ran with a sprung shoe (I understand that is not uncommon). Proving that he could run at the front or stalk from just off the lead as he did in the Derby, haunting Promises Fulfilled before leaving him in his wake.
2018 Kentucky Derby
I believe the photographer is Delana Harp Bryant.
Listen to Larry Collmus' call of the last race of Justify's gloriously undefeated and all too short career. Pay attention to what he says of Justify as he crosses the finish line.