143rd Running Of The Kentucky Derby

143rd Running Of The Kentucky Derby

The win is the second for trainer Todd Pletcher.

It's the second Derby victory for both trainer Todd Pletcher, who won with Super Saver in 2010, and for Velazquez, who won atop Animal Kingdom in 2011. "We've been 24 years together, something like that, and for him to still trust in me and give me an opportunity, it doesn't happen often in this business".

For those who didn't come prepared with a hat but still wanted to join in the Derby fun, Spa Sapphire, a spa at Mohegan Sun Pocono with a boutique in Pittston, was selling all of the accessories one might need for the day.

"There's been a lot of talk about my Derby record", Pletcher told NBC, "so this is all the more sweet".

For the first time in more than 30 years Tom Hammond will not host the Kentucky Derby. "I don't think I'm any better trainer than I was an hour ago, but I felt like another one would solidify it". I said why don't we just name it Dreaming?

Morning-line favorite Classic Empire (7-1) won the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park in his previous start - his fifth victory.

Always Dreaming took command of the 143 running of the Kentucky Derby heading into the final turn and then drew off to a convincing win of three lengths. It was the first time Always Dreaming had raced on a sloppy track. Suffice to say, it was an exciting race no matter which horse you were pulling for, but even moreso for fans of Always Dreaming.

In a race with an unpredictable history, from 20 horse fields to 50-1 Giacomo in 2005, seeing it coming remained en vogue. Once I was going forward, for the first time, I was happy where I was.

Always Dreaming, ridden by John Velazquez, wins the 2017 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Battle of Midway paid 20.80.

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The website says there are no refunds or exchanges, a risky proposition for a shoe people can't try on before they order. When asked if he would buy Ball's $500 shoes for his kids, Brown laughed, then laughed some more.

Having Velazquez as a passenger helped significantly in that regard.

"His first step, I wasn't too happy", Velazquez said. "At the quarter pole, I thought, 'They're going to have to work hard to get him because he was really running". "He got into the bridle really well on the backstretch".

The only horse that paid more than Always Dreaming in the streak was Orb, who was sent off at 5-1 in 2013.

Wild Shot ($19.40) and jockey Corey Lanerie ruined many Pick 6 tickets by dominating the Grade III, $250,000 Pat Day Mile for 3-year-olds by four lengths on a muddy track.

Classic Empire was one of the favorites at 6-1.

After six furlongs went in a strong 1:11.12 Irish War Cry and Rajiv Maragh were in contention, as was Battle of Midway, in third and fourth positions.

"They would ask me how old I was", Bonomo said, who remembered that he was 15.

Velazquez and Always Dreaming fired out of the gate and sailed along the sodden track as if riding the tide.

"But, you know, for me, it's just a dream", he said.

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