Always Dreaming wins 143 rd running of the Kentucky Derby on sloppy way at Churchill Downs
Always Dreaming splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4 lengths on Saturday, devoting trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their second victories in the race but their first together.
Pletcher and Velazquez have teamed up often over the years and are the sports resulting fund wins. On their own, they were a combined 2 for 63 coming into Americas greatest race.
Together, they were unbeatable on a cool and rainy at Churchill Downs.
Sent off at 9-2 odds, Always Dreaming stimulated it the fifth straight year that a Derby favorite has won, the longest such stretching since the 1970 s.
Always Dreaming was followed across the finishing line by a pair of longshots: 33 -1 Lookin At Lee and 40 -1 Battle of Midway.
Always Dreaming ran 1 1/4 miles in 2:03.59 and paid $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80.
Lookin At Lee returned $26.60 and $18.20, while Battle of Midway was another five lengths back in third and paid $20.80 to show.
Pletcher won his first Derby in 2010 with Super Saver; Velazquez won the following year with Animal Kingdom.
Going into his 17 th Derby, Pletcher saddled the post-time favorite for the first time. Much had been made of his 1 for 45 Derby record. Altogether, hes had 48 athletes, tying mentor D. Wayne Lukas for the most in Derby history.
Its becoming a little more respectable now, Pletcher said.
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