Always Dreaming wins 143rd Ketucky Derby on rain-soaked track

Always Dreaming prevailed in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby, winning on a rain-soaked muddy track at Churchill Downs in Louisville by 2¾ lengths with jockey John Velazquez on board.

At 9-2 odds, Always Dreaming was the pre-race favorite and did not disappoint, settling for the inside track early on and in second before Velasquez steered him to the front pretty quickly.

"He was running so gpod down the stretch," Velasquez said as Always Dreaming stayed the course up front.

This was the fifth consecutive Kentucky Derby that the pre-race favorite prevaild. Finishing in second a third, respctively were longshots: Lookin At Lee at 33-1, and Battle of Midway at 40-1. Velasqurez was pleased with the run by Always Dreaming, who covered the 1¼ miles in 2:03.59 and paid $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80.

"This is the best horse (trainer) Todd (Pletcher) and I have ever come to the Kentucky Derby with,'' Velazquez said. "Being behind me for 24 years together, a long time for him to still trust in me and give me the opportunity, it's not very often it happens in this business.''

Order of finish for the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky:

1. Always Dreaming; 2. Lookin at Lee; 3. Battle of Midway; 4. Classic Empire; 5. Practical Joke; 6. Tapwrit; 7. Gunnevera; 8. McCraken; 9. Gormley; 10. Irish War Cry; 11. Hence; 12. Untrapped; 13. Girvin; 14. Patch; 15. J Boys Echo; 16. Sonneteer; 17. Fast and Accurate; 18. Irap; 19. State of Honor; 20. Thunder Snow.

-- Henry Frederick, Headline Surfer



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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.