Texas Woman Wins $1.2 Million on $18 Kentucky Derby, Early Race Bet

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 6, 2018

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05: Justify #7 with Mike Smith up wins the 144th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2018 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Alex Evers/Eclipse Sportswire/Getty Images)
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Justify's win in the 2018 Kentucky Derby netted $1.24 million for his team Saturday, and a woman in Texas nearly matched that total after correctly predicting five winners from Derby day.

ABC News' Bill Hutchinson and Mark Osborne reported the woman placed an $18 bet on the results of five races Sunday, including the Kentucky Derby. When Justify crossed the finish line first in the Run for the Roses, the woman collected $1.2 million at Retama Park in Salem, Texas.

"It's extremely rare," Retama Park spokesperson Rachel Bagnetto said. "To bet that little amount of money and win $1.2 million is unheard of. In fact, it's the first time it's happened at Retama."

According to Hutchinson and Osborne, Funny Duck (39-1) was the biggest individual long shot among the five horses the woman correctly picked. Funny Duck went on to win the Pat Day Mile.

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