One Favorite, Two Mudders Finish in the Kentucky Derby Money
For the fifth year in a row, chalk won the Run for the Roses.
A burst of speed outta the gate was the difference for 9:2 favorite Always Dreaming, charging from the No 5 position into a space where he couldn't be crowded into the pack.
Jockey John Velasquez then steered the colt behind pacesetter State of Honor until the final turn, when his mount pulled away.
It was just like how they ran and won the Florida Derby.
The Churchill Downs mud made moneymakers outta 33:1 Lookin' At Lee ($26.60 and 18.20) and 40:1 Battle of Midway ($20.80).
Velasquez might be shopping elsewhere, as in anywhere he wants.
Dude's banked over $300million in career winnings.
And while the hat tradition was lifted from England's Royal Ascot, the well-heeled in attendance had no issues keeping up appearances on this side of the pond:
It checks in at 13⁄16 miles, which is a half-furlong shorter than the Kentucky Derby. The distance shouldn't be an issue.
It's the turnaround time that bears consideration. Always Dreaming has never had less than a month to recover from a race.
Clearly, trainer Todd Pletcher has always had a plan in place. If it works, he'll have prepared history's 13th Triple Crown winner for a future of horsie heaven.
That's surely how Always Dreaming would view going out to stud.