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Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop

Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby in slop

Powerful, he called it. "He really only had one race before this but we'll get them next time". "The victor was too good".

That success earned Unanimous this year an official handicapping partnership with Churchill Downs, the racetrack where the Kentucky Derby is held, and the company once again used its AI platform to analyze input from "some of the best racing minds in the world". Right here. Right now. "He was essentially, wanting to run the race in the morning, and we couldn't do that", said Pletcher.

Super Saver only won the Kentucky Derby because he was the recipient of a flawless rail-skimming trip in a roughly run race; Always Dreaming ran away with the Run for the Roses because he proved, unequivocally, that he was a far superior horse to his 19 rivals. Battle of Midway, another unfancied entry at 40-1, was third, 7 3/4 lengths off the pace. Classic Empire (just 6-1 odds) was fourth and Practical Joke (27-1) was fifth.

"I knew we had a big shot with this horse and I was hoping it would happen", Pletcher said.

He steered Always Dreaming into an ideal trip behind pacesetter State of Honor, with mud flying in all directions on a surface that resembled creamy peanut butter. "We always dreamed and this is one of the dreams that came true".

Kentucky Derby victor Always Dreaming is scheduled to arrive at Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday morning in preparation for the May 20 Preakness Stakes, and the colt's early arrival is an unconventional approach for trainer Todd Pletcher.

Their record for wins as a jockey-trainer combination substantiate that definition. It was also a second for "Johnny V", who won in 2011 with Animal Kingdom.

The New York-based duo has teamed up often over the years and is the sport's leading money winners.

Patch ultimately finished in 14th place. Before Saturday, he was 1-for-45.

Pletcher said: "I think this is even more special than the first one". I felt like I was in the one hole.

Maybe that was because observers felt he had the horse to get that elusive second win.

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"There's no feeling like this", said Viola, who is the owner of the NHL's Florida Panthers. "He was getting knocked around so many times the poor guy just never had a shot I inside".

Derby fans weathered rainstorms and the unseasonal cold during the day, to watch post-time favorite Always Dreaming win the 143 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! "Everybody dreams about something in their life, whether it's a big day or big event or big race like this".

The dark bay colt was hard to train in the days leading to the Derby, forcing Pletcher to adjust his equipment.

"For whatever reason he was ready to run on arrival", Pletcher said.

"When he cut the corner you could tell he was finishing".

By the time Always Dreaming got to Louisville on April 23, he was full of energy.

He was a bundle of energy all week long, to the point where Pletcher put draw reins on him during training.

"It's becoming a little more respectable now", said Pletcher, whose 48 starters tied D. Wayne Lukas for the most in Derby history. "But he ran like he loved it".

It seems insane that it takes but two minutes to decide who will win a race that has been discussed and debated ad nauseam for weeks leading up to the race.

"It didn't appear to be a gut-wrenching race", Pletcher said on Sunday.

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