Published on May 12, 2018 by Sonya's Spotlight
JUSTIFY, the big winner of the 144th Running of the Kentucky Derby, led by Jockey Mike E. Smith and trained by Bob Baffert, didn’t allow the “Wettest Derby Ever” – with torrential rains in Louisville – stop him from getting the top prize, Saturday, May 5, 2018. JUSTIFY became the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby without racing as a 2-year old since Apollo in 1882. And Mike E. Smith became the second oldest Kentucky Derby winning jockey.
“What happened today is what I have been daydreaming about all afternoon,” Mike E. Smith said during the Kentucky Derby Post-Race News Conference. “I just knew he [Justify] was capable of this. My job was just to get him out of there. And I did that part, and I figured the rest is up to him. And I know Bob [the trainer] and his crew already did their part. And he’s just an amazing horse.”
As a repeat Kentucky Derby attendee (this year being my 10th Derby), I was excited to attend both THE OAKS, May 4, and “The Most Exciting 2 Minutes in Sports,” the 144th Running of THE KENTUCKY DERBY, May 5 at Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack.
The 144th Running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks Attracted 113,510 fans and the Kentucky Derby attracted 157,813 fans.
Enjoy a Few of my Favorite Oaks and Derby Day Photos!
Winning Jockey, Mike E. Smith, poses with Sonya Jenkins after his win.
Sonya’s Spotlight Publisher/Editor, Sonya Jenkins, at Churchill Downs.
Entertainer, Diddy, with his daughters (Photo @Diddy – Instagram)
Actor Blair Underwood and his wife Desiree DaCosta at Churchill Downs – Millionaire’s Row – (Photo @BlairUnderwoodOfficial – Instagram).
Newlyweds, Star Jones and her husband, Ricardo Lugo (Photo – @StarJonesesq – Instagram).
Brooke Danielle Way – Miss Derby City
Penny Foster and Sonya Jenkins pose on Top Level – Millionaire’s Row – Kentucky Derby 2018.
Beautiful Chapeaux and outfits made by Dr. Sandy Boyd (left) of Heirloom Designs Costumes with Christina (right) – at their first Derby – from Philadelphia.
Clyde from Minnesota, Tiffany from Los Angeles, and Cornell from New York attend at Churchill Downs.
HATitude at The Derby
Sonya Jenkins – The Kentucky Oaks 2018
Wanya Morris poses with Sonya Jenkins – Kentucky Derby 2018.
Denver Bronco’s Von Miller (left) and guest pose with Sonya Jenkins at Kentucky Derby 2018.
Von Miller of the Denver Broncos interviewed on Derby Day.
Penny Foster, Sonya Jenkins, Carla Johnson – Covering Derby 2018
Aisha Tyler shares photo with Salt-N-Pepa (Photo – @AishaTyler – Instagram)
Davis Family makes attending the Kentucky Derby a Family Tradition.
Derby Divas – Taneisha & Latoya
Chapeaux with Butferflys
Jacinda, Christy, Jessica -from Louisville
Kentucky Derby Post-Race News Conference
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Kentucky Oaks Photos by Carla Johnson
Carla Johnson, Louisville native, covered The Kentucky Oaks for Sonya’s Spotlight.
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