Every time I see the complaints about this years overall Derby time I want to facepalm. Genius they purposely applied the breaks when he made the lead. 4th fastest opening quarter and that half was just outside the top 10 fastest. And it was an identical pace to the one that essentiall broke the Florida Derby pace setters in that prep.
To make this even more silly if by somehow miracle Justify had kept going and not slowed down after getting on the lead he would have taken a rammering ham to Secretariats record. Even applying the breaks a slight bit so each quarter was a half a second slower would have resulted in a new Derby record. But that would have been a crazy stunt to pull off on a track like this years. Mike had to apply the breaks big time or else Justify would have burned up.