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Trainer Todd Pletcher with Always Dreaming during the walkover from the barns before the Derby
Always Dreaming was lightly raced as a 2-year-old, with only two starts in July and August. He finished second in both in maiden special weight company at Belmont Park and Saratoga. He made his 2017 debut winning a maiden race at Tampa Bay Downs in Janyart then won an allowance at Gulfstream Park in March. He made his final prep winning the Florida Derby (G1) and trained up to the Kentucky Derby. Sent off as the 9-2 favorite from post 5, he won the Kentucky Derby (G1) by 2 3/4 lengths with John Velazquez aboard for trainer Todd Pletcher and owners MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St Elias, Siena Farm and West Point Thoroughbreds. He will be sent to Pimlico right away so he can become acclimated to the track there before the Preakness.
Always Dreaming schooling in the paddock on Wednesday afternoon before the Derby. He never came out during the Derby workout session at 8:30am, coming out very early instead, so I never got to see him in the morning.
Left: Always Dreaming heads into the paddock before the Derby.
Right: Always Dreaming in the post parade.
Left: Always Dreaming near the front of the field shortly after the start.
Right: Always Dreaming leads down the stretch. The sun was gone at this point.
A wider view so you can see how far ahead he was in the stretch.
Always Dreaming wins!
Always Dreaming parades for the fans after winning the Kentucky Derby. Seems like he thinks his pony is tasty.
Always Dreaming heads to the Derby winner's circle down the turf course.
Always Dreaming with his Derby roses. Unfortunately I have no photos inside the winner's circle as I did not have access.
Always Dreaming heads back to the barn after the winner's circle celebration.
Always Dreaming in his stall on Sunday morning courtesy of KentuckyDerbyTours.com.
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