By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Always Dreaming has won the 143rd Kentucky Derby from Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Always Dreaming was able to escape from the pack in the final stretch despite sloppy conditions.
This horse is the fifth straight favorite to win the derby.
Jockey John Velazquez won his second Kentucky Derby on the horse. He also won the 2011 Kentucky Derby aboard Animal Kingdom.
Todd Pletcher is the trainer of this horse. Pletcher – who was known as the trainer, who could never win this prestigious event – now has two Kentucky Derby wins.
Besides this win with Always Dreaming, Pletcher was also the trainer for Super Savor, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2010
State of Honor had a quick pace through the first quarter of the race, as he went 22.70 then 46.53 in the half mile.
Then, after six furlongs, Always Dreaming and Velazquez maneuvered to took the lead. He never looked back despite a late challenge from Lookin at Lee, who had 33-to-1 odds.
Anthony Viola, the Florida Panthers owner, is part of the group that owns the horse. The horse had 9-to-2 odds prior to the race.
Always Dreaming paid $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80. Lookin at Lee was second with the trifecta including Battle of Midway, who finished third. This horse also had long-odds, as well.