Last year's victor, Cloud Computing, won with a time of 1:55.98.
"He's got that "it" factor", Smith said.
"It was an unbelievable performance by the victor, on this track, going that fast", Derby trainer Dale Romans said.
"Him and American Pharoah and Arrogate, they're just cut from a different (cloth)", Baffert said. Justify entered the Derby as the favorite with 3-1 odds, although that came two races after the bettor won a massive long shot in Funny Duck. "We've just got to go from there".
Justify scored his spot at the gate with his three-length victory over Bolt d'Oro in the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 7. By winning the Kentucky Derby he became the first horse in 136 years to win the Kentucky Derby without ever racing as a 2-year-old.
Good Magic returned $9.20 and $6.60 in second place, while Audible was another head back in third and paid $5.80 to show.
Saturday's result, which came in slop that made the race itself more unpredictable, marked the sixth year in a row that the favorite had won the Derby. "I want to provide the owners with as much information as possible about what I see and then let them decide". Chad Brown, the trainer of Good Magic, said after the race that he would not take his horse to the Preakness.
"I don't know", said Brown, who won the Preakness past year with new-shooter Cloud Computing.
Justify, the 5-2 favorite, became the first Derby victor in 136 years that did not race as a 2-year-old.
"It would take a horse like him to break that curse". Quip, who qualified for the Kentucky Derby but whose trainer believed he needed more time, was also scheduled to run in two weeks. He even went so far as to indicate that Justify ran a better Derby than American Pharoah.