Published: Mon, May 08, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

9-2 favorite Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in the slop

9-2 favorite Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in the slop

Former Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Robert Jackson has a small ownership stake in the horse. However, since 2000, only three colts who have claimed that prize have gone on to win the Derby the following season.

Pletcher had to make adjustments with the workouts leading up to the Derby as Always Dreaming refused to relax.

"We have so much success in the past and we haven't won the Derby (together)".

Always Dreaming returned $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80 to those around the world and in the crowd of 158,070 who backed him. "We've had a great relationship for a long time".

Among Always Dreaming's Derby rivals, second-place finisher Lookin At Lee and 13th-place Girvin are possible for the Preakness. It's also the second Derby win of Velazquez's career.

Rarely one to show his emotions, Pletcher admitted being teary-eyed behind his sunglasses.

As Brisnet noted, Always Dreaming was seen as the best chance for trainer Todd Pretcher to improve an otherwise woeful record at the annual Run for the Roses. "I've got a friend who's got the number one horse at the Kentucky Derby".

"I think the fact that he was so headstrong when he got here that I don't think staying here for another week is going to be an advantage", Pletcher said.

"We got wiped out at the start". The track is impossible. He was bred in Kentucky and is owned by a syndicate.

According to historians, at least two other partially blind horses have competed: Cassaleria in 1982 and Storm in May in 2007.

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"Ricardo [Santana] put Untrapped in a great spot, and then the race kind of got away from him in the middle". "When we hit the quarter pole (400m), I asked him and he responded. He did it himself from there".

He was fractious in the morning, refusing to relax.

Revisiting his colt's dominating performance on Saturday, the trainer said that his main concern as Derby post-time approached was the weather and its influence on the condition of the race track. "He was getting knocked around so many times and the poor guy just never had a shot inside", his jockey Mike Smith said. "This one is all the more sweet".

While Always Dreaming was running away with the Kentucky Derby, Thunder Snow, a supplementary nominee, was bucking and trying to wheel shortly after the start at Churchill.

He avenged his father's loss in the 2012 Derby when I'll Have Another closed late to defeat Bodemeister in the final furlong.

All week the "experts" had called this an open race, and it was, for second and third.

The victory was worth $1,635,800.

"There's no feeling like this", Vincent Viola said. If an issue with fourth-place Classic Empire's right eye clears up, he could join them. He was caught by the outrider and walked back to the barn on his own. It was the second Derby victory for both Velazquez and Pletcher, although their previous wins came separately. It was not such a good day for other well-regarded runners. Classic Empire, 6-1 5.

Bonomo said he hasn't "even thought about" the Preakness Stakes on May 20 at Pimlico. McCraken, who was also sent off at 6-1 could fare no better than eighth. But Asmussen tipped his hat to Pletcher's horse, who would not allow the distance to close. Lookin At Lee went off at 30-1, producing an exactor payoff of $336.20. When he won the Florida Derby on April 1 by a commanding five lengths, the question wasn't talent but whether he would have the experience to handle the 20-horse field and the fast pace.

"I only bet on gray horses, and there are two gray horses running".

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