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Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby
May 30 2017, 07:18 | Van Peters
It is one of the more weird statistics in the sport. Horse racing may still be known as the sport of kings, but it's not almost as popular as it once was.
Bob Baffert, American Phaorah's trainer, will be on the sidelines for this year's Derby. According to Pletcher, he's just like any other thoroughbred when he's on track.
Always Dreaming, the Bodemeister colt who is 3-for-3 since moving into the barn of trainer Todd Pletcher, was a 4-1 favorite late Friday, followed by Irish War Cry, victor of the Wood Memorial, at 5-1, and McCraken at 6-1.
All Kentucky Derby starters will carry 126 pounds. The rest are bombers."The rain is predicted to end hours before the race goes off (post time is 6:46 p.m.)".
A total of 158,070 people attended the race, according to NBC, which broadcast the event. As is tradition, the Triple Crown will be held at Churchill Downs in Louiseville, Kentucky.
John Velazquez rides Always Dreaming to victory in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. However, since 2000, only three colts who have claimed that prize have gone on to win the Derby the following season.
Sent off at 9-2 odds, Always Dreaming made it the fifth straight year that a Derby favorite has won, the longest such stretch since the 1970s. "You don't want to startle him, things like that", Pletcher told Bloodhorse.com.
"I think we're facing a different model now", said Motion, who trained Animal Kingdom to victory in the 2011 Kentucky Derby. Then he saw jockey Mike Smith dismount from Mastery not far after crossing the finish line, and his trademark white mane grew a shade more ghostly. If you are not at home, make sure you have the Live Extra App downloaded on your mobiles and tablets for the first exciting race of the season!
In five of the past six years, a horse that was at least 15-1 finished first or second, and in two of the past four years, a 30-1 shot ran second.
What this does mean, though, is that the race itself should be a phenomenally fun affair. These wagers typically have low starting prices - about 50 cents.
2015 was the first time since 1996 that three horses with 10-1 odds or better completed the trifecta.
21st on the Derby qualifying list, decided not to enter the Derby and will run in the Pat Day Mile (Race 8) instead.
"He's a class horse", Suroor said.
The last European-born Derby victor was Tomy Lee in 1959.
"Every year, you know the odds are going to be overwhelming against getting in and you know it may never happen again, so you do not take it for granted", Kelley wrote. 1-Awesome Slew (4-1) comes out of an impressive win at Keeneland.
Classic Empire is trying to become the fourth Arkansas Derby victor to capture the Kentucky Derby, following Sunny's Halo in 1983, Smarty Jones in 2004 and American Pharoah.
His superfecta bet would be Classic Empire to win, McCraken in second, State of Honor third and J Boys Echo fourth. But, for bettors it generally doesn't matter where a horse starts - unless it's gate 17. None of those horses won.