Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

  • Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

Always Dreaming Wins 143rd Kentucky Derby

"Yes! Unbelievable, this is awesome!" the owner's brother Carl Bonomo, 65, told The Post from The Glen Cove Mansion on Long Island, where 8-year-old Shyla was holding her communion party.

Todd Pletcher knew how to get it done.

Always Dreaming was sold at the Keeneland September 2015 Yearling Sale for US$350,000.

After picking the winners of three of the last four runnings of the Kentucky Derby and then sending checks to Anna House, Your Favorite Handicapper (YFH) came up empty this year.

Always Dreaming, who went off at 4.70-to-1, became the fifth straight betting favorite to win the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Todd Pletcher won the Kentucky Derby for the second time.

He had two other starters in the race - Tapwrit, who finished sixth, and Patch, the one-eyed horse finished 14th. Given all the high-priced horse flesh in his barn, it was viewed as a bit of a disappointment that his only Kentucky Derby victory came with Super Saver in 2010. "Finally we got it together with this horse - incredible horse".

Starting from the No. 5 post position and favored at 9-2 odds, Always Dreaming broke from the pack near the far turn. This was his first race in the United States and certainly his first before such a large and loud crowd.

Even though the Preakness Stakes is a shorter race, covering 1 3/16 miles, Always Dreaming's stamina will be put to the test by virtue of having just 14 days to prepare.

Always Dreaming returned $11.40, $7.20, and $5.80.

Velasquez rode the colt brilliantly, saving ground by tucking Always Dreaming close to the rail as the 20-horse field moved past the clubhouse the first time.

YFH's top choice, Classic Empire, ran fourth. Another heavily bet colt, McCraken, was eighth.

The most successful jockey-trainer combination of the 21st century had won just about every big race together except one - the Kentucky Derby. It was not such a good day for other well-regarded runners.

"At the quarter pole, when he got down and started running, I thought, 'They're gonna have to run really hard to get him because he was really running'". I don't anticipate that we'll breeze him. "He did it himself from there".

After breaking his maiden at Tampa Bay on January 25, Always Dreaming bypassed the usual next Kentucky Derby prep for Florida-based 3-year-olds - the Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park - to win a non-stakes race at the same track on the same day.

He took three tries to get his first win, accomplishing that on January 25 at Tampa Bay Downs, then moved to Gulfstream Park where he won an allowance race against ordinary competition. His career started with third at Belmont and a second at Saratoga.

"I felt like I really needed that second one", Pletcher said.

The colt was bought as a yearling by Bonomo for $350,000 at the Keeneland September sale and Viola later joined the partnership. So I let him go into the first turn. "I told them I was 27". But front and center was Bonomo, who heads a medical malpractice insurance firm in NY and is a big-time political donor. He was recently a witness in a state corruption case involving the head of the state senate.

"The horse ate up this morning like there's no tomorrow", said the owner of the NHL's Florida Panthers, who along with Brooklyn Boyz Stable is majority owner of the horse. "But never in reality". "We'll give this race the respect it deserves and wait and see how he does when he gets back to the track".

Given how new Always Dreaming still is to stakes races, there will be a slip-up at some point.

"I sensed we had a problem there", Pletcher said.

Dr. Keith Latson, the on-call vet at the Kentucky Derby said: "Thunder Snow did not break well, was picked up immediately by the outrider and galloped comfortably at the paddock where he was examined by Dr Jennifer Kaak and she found no injuries on the legs". How do you pick out a name, attach it to a horse and this happens? However, Classic Empire emerged with a swollen eye and it is imperative that it responds to treatment quickly in order to make the Preakness. Jockey Javier Castellano, also from the violence-wracked nation, is trying to snap an 0 for 10 skid in the Derby.