Kentucky Derby Won By Thoroughbred Always Dreaming


Always Dreaming was crowned the winner of the 2017 Kentucky Derby after dominating the field.

This was the 143rd running of this prestigious event that took place on Saturday, May 6 at the Churchill Downs racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. Since inception in 1875 three-year-old Thoroughbreds compete against each other in the Grade 1 stake when completing a distance of of 1 ΒΌ miles.

The race was broadcast by NBC and was before a crowd of 158,070 and 16,5 million television viewers . The winner was the post-time favourite, Always Dreaming.

Thunder Snow, the colt from Dubai, did not finish the race after breaking poorly from the gate and bucking.

1st Always Dreaming with final betting odds 4.70 and winnings of $1,635,800

2nd Looking At Lee with final betting odds 33.20 and winnings of $400,000

3rd Battle of Midway with final betting odds 40.00 and winnings of $200,000

4th Classic Empire with final betting odds 6.80 and winnings of $100,000

5th Practical Joke with final betting odds 27.80 and winnings of $60,000

6th Tapwrit Ortiz with final betting odds 27.10

7th Gunnevera with final betting odds 10

8th McCraken with final betting odds 6.90

9th Gormley with final betting odds 22.30

10th Irish War Cry with final betting odds 4.80

11th Hence with final betting odds 15.0

12th Untrapped with final betting odds 58.00

13th Girvin with final betting odds 22.10

14th Patch with final betting odds 14.10

15th J Boys Echo with betting odds 47.30

16th Sonneteer with betting odds 39.70

17th Fast and Accurate with betting odds 41.80

18th Mario Gutierrez with final betting odds 41.40

19th State of Honor with final betting odds 54.00

DNF Thunder Snow with final betting odds 16.40

Awarded as the 143rd Kentucky Derby champion, Always Dreaming held off a late charge from Battle of Midway, Looking At Lee and Classic Empire. Nevertheless, he claimed the roses by two-and-three-quarter lengths. In addition Always Dreaming has now conquered three consecutive races this year after finish second and third in his first two races.

It is the fifth consecutive year the favourite has won the Kentucky Derby. The only other time this happened was in the late 1890s. It is also evident that Always Dreaming became the first horse since 1933 to win the Kentucky Derby after not winning his first race until on or after January 25.

Jockey John Velasquez stated the following: "He responded right away. I think we came into the derby with a much better horse than we have in the past. Today was a different story. Got a nice position going to the wire. He got to relax and then waited to the quarter pole and he responded right away."

This was Velasquez's second triumph at the Kentucky Derby, last winning occurred in 2011 on Animal Kingdom. For trainer Todd Pletcher it was his second win in his career with his last triumph taking place at the Super Saver during 2010.

Trainer Todd Pletcher has now won the race twice in his career with his last win coming in 2010 with Super Saver.

Pletcher said: "I think he really came in here and knew it was game time, and he was ready to go. The most important thing to do is bring the best horse to the Derby, and that's what we were able to do."

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