Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop

Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop

Battle Of Midway, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Flavien Prat, finished five lengths behind Lookin at Lee in third.

Before the race, Classic Empire, McCracken, Always Dreaming and Irish War Cry were mentioned by experts as the favorites.

Always Dreaming will now begin the trek toward trying to join the great horses that have won the Triple Crown.

Wood Memorial victor Irish Cry, who was actually second in the wagering at $4.80-to-1, hung with the leaders early for trainer Graham Motion, then faded to 10th in the full field of 20 horses.

The 66-year-old native of Chicago, who was the announcer at New York Racing Association from 1990 until his retirement in 2014, purchased a small ownership share of Always Dreaming April 19 through the West Point Thoroughbreds partnership that owns a minority interest in the son of Bodemeister.

"I just always daydream", she said. That, Pletcher said, might create a truer snapshot of potential front-runners instead of inflating the reputations of early-campaign sprinters.

Always Dreaming won Kentucky Derby 2017 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., on Saturday, May 6.




Three races are in the books leading up to the Kentucky Derby, where cold and wet weather has forced spectators to bundle up and use colorful hats for function rather than fashion at Churchill Downs.

Always Dreaming wasn't going to make any dreams come true but lucky exotic players had a very nice Kentucky Derby. Always Dreaming has one leg down, and the Preakness and the Belmont to go before we'll know. "We've been together for all these years and this is sweet".

Always Dreaming, ridden by John Velazquez, finished first in the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Louisville's Churchill Downs.

Velazquez, who had been out of the top nine in the Derby the last four years, said: "This was the best horse in the Derby and he proved it today". Irish War Cry, who went off as the second choice, faded to 10th. I was a little wired down the backstretch, when I thought he wasn't in the bridle the way he should be. Once they shook loose of Battle of Midway at the mile mark, everyone else was running for second place. I felt like I really needed the second one ...

The presumed favorite, reigning juvenile champion, Classic Empire, slipped to 7-1 in the betting odds over worries about how the quirky colt would handle the Derby's circus atmosphere. "It wasn't until I was much older I realized he was going to get a shot of Scotch in the bar, but that a whole other story". "It is always an open race for everybody", Montelongo said. Numerous country's best horses converge at Churchill Downs seeking six-figure payoffs and major prestige.

He broke a step slow out of the gate and then started bucking under jockey Christophe Soumillon, who pulled him up a few seconds later.

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