The Kentucky Derby has more than one unofficial name, some call it the Run for the Roses, after the fact that the winner is presented with flowers of that type, but it’s other unofficial, though the probably trademarked name, is “the most exciting two minutes in all of sports”. Every year it delivers on that promise, the first Saturday in May whether it be sunny in Louisville, or switching between rain and shine like it was today. On the slightly muddy track, classified as fast in racing terminology despite the mud, Always Dreaming came out triumphant, with Lookin At Lee finishing in the Place (second), and Battle of Midway finishing Show (third). Always Dreaming, was the favorite according to this morning’s betting odds at 4-1, Lookin At Lee was 27-1, and our show horse, Battle of Midway, was 37-1. Always Dreaming finished with an unofficial time of 2:03.59 and his jockey, John Velazquez as well as his trainer, Todd Pletcher had both won one Kentucky Derby previous, with Velazquez winning in 2011 on Animal Kingdom, and Pletcher training 2010 winner Super Saver. Co-Favorite Irish War Cry was nowhere to be found among the leaders as he finished a disappointing tenth overall. Sentimental favorite, Patch, a horse who only had one eye, finished 14th. one horse, Thunder Snow, did not finish the 1 and 1/4 mile race.
Always Dreamer is the offspring of 2012 Kentucky Derby Place Horse Bodemeister, who also finished as Place horse in the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. Will Always Dreaming become the 13th Triple Crown winner, joining such racing luminaries as Citation (1948), Secretariat (1973), Seattle Slew (1977), and American Pharoah (2015)? Ask again after the Preakness Stakes, which will be run in two weeks time, on May 20, 2017.
(Side Note: no I do not know who comes up with these horse names but they sure are interesting).