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The world best thoroughbred and jockeys will line-up to race around a 1.25 mile track, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, for the first leg of the Triple Crown Championships, on May 5, 2018 with the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby. More Kentucky Derby Horse Race Information
Always Dreaming won the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby. He held off a late charge from Lookin At Lee, Battle of Midway and Classic Empire to claim the roses on Saturday by two-and-three-quarter lengths. Always Dreaming has now won three consecutive races this year after finishing second and third in his first two races.
He is also the first horse since 1933 to win the Kentucky Derby after not winning his first race until on or after Jan. 25.
Nyquist won the 2016 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on a beautiful sunny Saturday evening in Louisville. Exaggerator was second by 1-1/4 lengths and Gun Runner third by 4-1/2.
With the victory Nyquist paid $6.60 to win on a $2 bet, $4.80 to place and $3.60 to show. Exaggerator paid $5.40 to place and $4.20 to show. Gun Runner paid $6.00 to show.
Nyquist is the first to go 8-for-8 since 1969 and the eighth unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner of all time.
American Pharoah drew the No. 18 post, ridden by Victor Espinoza, came into the Derby having won the Arkansas Derby by eight lengths and now has won the 141st Kentucky Derby.
The horse, was trained by Bob Baffert, and is only one of two horses that has won from there, the other was Gato Del Sol, in 1982.
Firing Line, ridden by Gary L Stevens, came in second and Dortmund, also trained by the now four-time Derby winning Baffert, finishing in third.
California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby.
California Chrome and became the oldest trainer to win a Kentucky Derby winner. Charlie Whittingham was 76 when Sunday Silence won the 1989 Kentucky Derby.
As well, give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.
Orb powered to a 2½-length victory Saturday at Churchill Downs, giving trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Joel Rosario their first Derby wins.
Rosario had Orb in the clear on the outside and they forged to the lead in deep stretch, with enough momentum to hold off 34-1 shot Golden Soul.
It was a popular victory before a crowd of 151,616, which poured enough late money on Orb to make him the 5-1 favorite, a position Revolutionary had owned most of the day.
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I'll Have Another stormed out of post No. 19 to win by 1½ lengths on Saturday, beating one of the deepest fields in years. This year’s competition was tough with winners from the Florida Derby, Blue Grass Stakes, Arkansas Derby, Wood Memorial, and Santa Anita Derby all competing in this year’s 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another emerged victorious beating Dullahan and one of this years triple crown favorite Bodemeister. Bodemeister, maintained the lead for the majority of the race, until on the outside of the final stretch in the this year’s spectacular Triple Crown race.
While it was the first Derby victory for Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another previously claimed the Santa Anita Derby by a nose. The Derby champion, I’ll Have Another, is owned by Paul Reddam and trained by Doug O’Neill.
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Long shot Animal Kingdom, a lightly-raced colt who had never competed on dirt, triumphed in the most prestigious dirt race of all Saturday when he beat Nehro by 2 3/4 lengths in the 137th Kentucky Derby.
For Motion and victorious jockey John Velazquez, the storybook ending in front of a record crowd of 164,858 came after each had encountered great adversity. When Motion flew to Churchill Downs last Tuesday, he left behind what many viewed as his top Derby hope when Toby's Corner was unable to ship here due to injury.
Animal Kingdom is the first champion to make his dirt debut in the Derby. He had competed three times on synthetic surfaces and once on grass. He defied convention in other ways as well.
2011 Kentucky Derby Winner Calvin Borel, gave triple crown race fans another flawless ride to win his third Kentucky Derby in four years. The most wide-open Derby in years ended with a sure thing, Borel crossing the finish line and punching the air with this right fist, raising it toward the gray sky.
Borel is the first jockey to win three derbies in four years, Bill Hartack won three in five years from 1960-64. The jockey's magic touch on his home track gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first Derby victory after 24 failures. Super Saver was timed in 2:04.45 as the 8-1 second-choice behind favorite Lookin At Lucky, whose 6-1 odds tied Harlan's Holiday in 2002 for the longest priced favorite in 136 runnings. He paid $18, $8.80 and $6.
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird, one of the longest shots on the board at 50-1, exploded along the rail down the stretch under Calvin Borel to win the 135th running of the $2,177,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
Mine That Bird rallied from last in a field of 19 Thoroughbreds to win by 6 3/4 lengths before a crowd of 153,563, seventh-largest in race history. The victory margin was the largest in the Kentucky Derby since eventual Triple Crown winner Assault won the Kentucky Derby by eight lengths in 1946.
Prior to Mine That Bird’s win, the 6 ½-length win by Barbaro in 2006 had been the largest win margin since Assault’s Derby romp. Pioneerof the Nile, Musket Man and Papa Clem battled for second, with the former finishing a nose in front of Musket Man, while Papa Clem was a head farther back. Friesan Fire, the 7-2 favorite, finished 18th.
With the 2008 Kentucky Derby results in, Florida Derby winner Big Brown captures the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
The win gives the three year old prized colt the first jewel of the elusive Triple Crown of Racing. Big Brown was the 3 to 1 odds on favorite in the race and the oddsmakers expect to have him the odds on Preakness Stakes favorite. Big Brown showed off his incredible power in the Kentucky Derby with an explosive late burst to win by almost 5 horse lengths.
The win by Big Brown marked the 7th time an undefeated horse has won the Derby with Big Brownextending his winning streak to 4. Big Brown is a legitimate threat to win the Triple Crown this year as he has proven to be a cut above this year’s rival 3-year old’s.
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Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense
An experienced trainer, an inspired rider and the raw talent of a powerful thoroughbred proved an unstoppable combination Saturday, as 9-2 favorite Street Sense rallied from far back to post a 2¼-length length victory over Hard Spun in the 133rd Kentucky Derby.
The $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1), the first leg of the Triple Crown and the ultimate target for every horse owner, was contested at Churchill Downs on Saturday before a crowd of 156,635. Sunny skies were a welcome change from the wet conditions on Friday. A maximum field size of 20 went to post, with Street Sense sent off as the 9-5 favorite attempting to become the first Breeders' Cup Juvenile winner to come back to win the Derby.
Undefeated Curlin, off his win in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn, was the 5-1 second choice over Florida Derby winner Scat Daddy at 7-1. Hard Spun, winner of the Lane's End Stakes, was the 10-1 fourth choice over Wood Memorial winner Nobiz Like Shobiz at 10.40-1 odds.
Barbaro Remains Perfect With Dominating 6 1/2-Length Victory In 132nd Kentucky Derby Barbaro scored his victory in the $2 million Kentucky Derby before a crowd of 157,536, the second largest attendance figure in the history of the race. Jockey Edgar Prado, who won his first Kentucky Derby victory in seven tries, said that he had smooth sailing after Barbaro made a slight misstep at the start.
When Jerry Moss teamed with trumpeter Herb Alpert in the early 1960's in partnership that would lead to the creation of A & M Records, their first collaboration was on Alpert's hit "The Lonely Bull." On Saturday, May 7, a bull of another type - a son of Holy Bull named Giacomo - would carry Moss and his wife, Ann, to a dream of another kind: an upset victory in Kentucky Derby 131.
Kentucky Derby winner Smarty Jones, The Horse from the Wrong Side of the Tracks Looks Fit for a Triple Crown. Smarty Jones has won all seven of his races and became the first unbeaten horse to win the Derby since Triple Crown champion Seattle Slew in 1977.
The 129th winner of the Church Hill Downs “Kentucky Derby” Funny Cide, a New York-bred gelding trained by Barclay Tagg and ridden by Jose Santos, rallied from third to seize the lead from Peace Rules.
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