Over the weekend, Justify won the 144th Kentucky Derby. It was an exciting race as usual and the victory was the second derby victory for jockey Mike Smith.
From CBS News:
Justify won the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, leading the pack of 20 horses through the mud at Churchill Downs. The 2-year-old colt was the favorite going into the race. His trainer Bob Baffert has now won his fifth Kentucky Derby.
Jockey Mike Smith, 52, earned his second Derby victory, managing to pull it off with only a few specks of mud on his white and green silks. Justify, the 5-2 favorite in the field of 20, ran 1¼ miles in 2:04.20.
The chestnut colt that began his career in February improved to 4-0 – winning his races by a combined 21½ lengths – and gave Bob Baffert his fifth Derby victory. It snapped a tie and left the 65-year-old trainer trailing only Ben Jones with six.
Apollo in 1882 was the last colt to win without racing as a juvenile.
After the race, Mike Smith couldn’t have been classier and he even managed to sneak in a shout out that made a lot of God-fearing Americans happy.
From Western Journal:
Smith was quite humble about his victory, although the Hall of Fame jockey did have a powerful message about Jesus after the Derby win, his second.
“I just want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for blessing us on this afternoon, and blessing us with this amazing horse,” Smith said after the race.
As the Lexington Herald-Leader reported, Smith said that his primary responsibility was to get Justify clear of the 20-horse charge out of the starting gate on a waterlogged, muddy track.
“My job,” Smith said, “was just to get him out of there.”
Gotta love that.
We don’t see enough of that this day and age and the intolerant left is a big reason for that.
On a related note, it’s nice that we have a president that is committed to religious freedom now.
From The Daily Caller:
President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday to create a new faith-based initiative ensuring the government’s cooperation with religious communities.
Trump unveiled the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative in a Rose Garden ceremony on the National Day of Prayer. The executive order established the White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative within the Office of the President to help ensure that all departments of the federal government, as opposed to only faith offices, work with faith-based communities on issues like poverty and the preservation of religious liberty, according to the White House.
“Today we are launching another historic action to promote religious freedom,” Trump said at the ceremony, surrounded by leaders of various faiths.
“The faith initiative will help design new policies that recognize the vital role of faith in our families, in our communities, and in our great country. This office will also help ensure that faith based organizations have equal access to government funding and the equal right to exercise their deeply held beliefs,” Trump added.