Kentucky Derby: Velazquez Rides “Always Dreaming” to Victory
Always Dreaming won the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby with jockey John Velazquez aboard.
The Todd Pletcher-trained Florida Derby winner was never threatened on his way to a comfortable victory in 2:03.59 in the mud.
He was the late favorite going into the race with 4 to 1 odds.
‘Lookin at Lee’ and ‘Battle of Midway’ came in at 2nd and 3rd respectively. ‘Classic Empire’ another favorite in the days leading up to the race, came 4th in this year’s Run for the Roses.
Rainy weather leading up to the race made for a muddy track.
The Kentucky Derby is the 1st race in the Triple Crown, followed by the Preakness and the Belmont. The last horse to win all three was American Pharoah in Y 2015.
Always Dreaming paid $11.40, $7.20, $5.80 for a $2 bet. Lookin at Lee, a 33-1 shot, returned $26.60, $15.20, while 40-1 choice Battle of Midway paid $20.80
Have a terrific weekend.
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