A sincere congratulations is due to Always Dreaming, the brilliant son of Bodemeister and the In Excess (Ire) mare, Above Perfection, who glided home with ease in front of 158,070 hearty patrons to capture a sloppy renewal of the 143rd “Run for the Roses” at Churchill Downs on the evening of May 6, 2017.
The dark bay colt was the recipient of a great trip from jockey Johnny Velazquez, who teamed up to win the first leg of the 2017 Triple Crown with his longtime associate, trainer Todd Pletcher, who not only did an excellent job of getting Always Dreaming to Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May, but also getting his other Derby starters–Tapwrit and Patch–into the starting gate as well.
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I’ll jump right back in the proverbial saddle with full-card analysis and selections for the upcoming “Twilight Thursday” card at Churchill Downs on Thursday, May 11. Post time for the first of eight races is 5:00 P.M. Eastern.
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Again, a tip of the cap to Always Dreaming and his owners–Brooklyn Boyz Stable, MeB Racing, Siena Farm, St. Elias Stable, Teresa Viola, and West Point Thoroughbreds–his trainer, Todd Pletcher, his jockey, John Velazquez and his breeder, Santa Rosa Partners. Congrats! Your boy just won the Kentucky Derby!
Header image: “Walking Ring, Greentree Stable, Saratoga,” oil on panel by Vaughn Flannery (American, 1898 – 1955)