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2006 Kentucky Derby Results

Date: 05/06/2006

The 132nd running of the $2,000,000 Kentucky Derby (G1) featured a maximum field of 20 three-year-olds, facing the testing 1 1/4 mile trip around Churchill Downs before a crowd of 157,532, the second largest in history. With such a huge and evenly matched field, the betting public could not come up with a clear favorite, but when the gate opened Illinois Derby winner Sweetnorthernsaint was the 5.5-1 choice over undefeated Florida Derby winner Barbaro at 6-1. Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek was the 8-1 third choice. The race was run under ideal conditions, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the high 60's, over a lightning-fast main track.

Speedballs Keyed Entry and Sinister Minister lead going by the first time. They finished 20th and 16th.
At the start, Barbaro stumbled to his knees but jockey Edgar Prado got him into stride right away. The expected pacesetters went right to the front, with 29-1 shot Keyed Entry beating 10-1 shot Sinister Minister to the first turn. The pair battled it out through very fast fractions of 22.63, 46.07, and 1:10.88, while just behind them were the Lael Stables pair of Showing Up on the inside and Barbaro to the outside. Keyed Entry was done on the midpoint of the far turn, having set the pace for seven furlongs, and at this point Edgar Prado, who had sat chilly on Barbaro the whole way, finally asked him for his run. Barbaro got his head in front at the 5/16 pole, and straightening out for home, he powered away to a 3-length lead with a quarter of a mile to go. 30-1 outsider Bluegrass Cat, who had raced back in 8th early, was just hitting his best stride and passed the tiring pacesetters. But he was left with too much to do, as Barbaro drew away under a hand ride to win by 6 1/2 lengths at the line, in a time of 2:01.36. It was 2 lengths back from Bluegrass Cat to deep-closer Steppenwolfer in third, and just a length back to 24-1 shot Jazil and Brother Derek, who dead-heated for the fourth spot after putting in strong rallies from last and 14th respectively. Favorite Sweetnorthernsaint was bumped badly at the start and had traffic troubles going into the first turn, and faltered through the stretch, finishing seventh.

There were five other stakes races on the card with the Derby. Full results for all of them with more photos are here.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place   Show
 8   Barbaro            Prado        14.20    8.00   6.00
13   Bluegrass Cat      Dominguez            28.40  15.40
 2   Steppenwolfer      Albarado                     7.80

Winning Time:  2:01.36

$2 Exacta 8-13                587.00
$2 Trifecta 8-13-2         11,618.40
$1 Superfecta 8-13-2-1     42,860.40
$1 Superfecta 8-13-2-18    29,919.80
$2 Oaks/Derby Double          890.20
Full results chart

Edgar Prado and Barbaro on the turf course prior to entering the winner's circle. Prado said, "He stumbled a little bit coming out of the gate, but he recovered right away. You see what he did when I turned him loose, he took off like a rocket. I never had a doubt in this horse. Mr. Matz did a super job. Hopefully we can get the Triple Crown."

The happy connections with the trophy. Trainer Michael Matz is holding it with owner Roy Jackson on the right. Mr. Jackson said, "We're sort of speechless. We've been in racing for a long time. You always dream of getting to the Kentucky Derby. Just getting here was something really special for us, and to win it is - I really don't have the words to express it right now."

Barbaro walks over to the paddock for saddling. Trainer Michael Matz said, "He's just trained well since he came from Florida. We've never missed anything in his training, never wavered on bit from out plan that my assistant and I wanted to do for this horse. Looks like we made the right plan."

Barbaro in the post parade. Jockey Edgar Prado said, "I'm very happy to win the Derby. Like I said, it's a very prestigious race, it's very special, like a dream come true."

Second place finisher Bluegrass Cat in the post parade. His jockey Ramon Dominguez said, "I couldn't get a better trip than I got today. He came out running and put himself within four or five lengths of the leader. He got himself a lot closer than I anticipated. I asked him to kick in when we turned for home. I wanted to get in the clear so I could circle Barbaro. I was hoping Barbaro wouldn't kick in the way he actually did."

Third place finisher Steppenwolfer in the post parade. His trainer Daniel Peitz said, "I thought he ran his race. I thought he was going to run his race. Barbaro just ran out of the bridle. We weren't going to beat him. I think we had a good trip, we saved all the ground. Pretty clean really."

They tried to put the roses on Barbaro, but he didn't want anything to do with them, so they finally gave up.

Barbaro leaves the winner's circle.

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