Always Dreaming wins the 143rd Kentucky Derby

Post time for the 143rd edition is scheduled for 6:34 p.m. NBC Sports' telecast begins at 2:30.

"It's disappointing", he said.

Former jockey Rosie Napravnik exercises Kentucky Derby entrant Girvin for her husband trainer Joe Sharp at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., Thursday, May 4, 2017. "But for us, you train your horse his whole life for this moment, and then to be tested in conditions he's never seen, it's not ideal". Besides the son of Pioneerof the Nile's impressive list of stakes victories, the champion 2-year-old male of 2016 also boasts a win in the slop at Churchill Downs in his May 4, 2016 debut. "That would be the case with any horse making its first start", said Pletcher. But the public had other ideas in on-track wagering Friday.

McCraken is the 6-1 third choice.

Kerstein said he likes Classic Empire.

May 3, 2008 - Shortly after victor Big Brown crosses the finish line, second place finisher Eight Belles suffers fractures in both front legs and falls to the ground. It is the oldest continuously held major sporting event in North America, drawing more than 150,000 people each year - including lots of women in big hats - and serving up almost 120,000 mint juleps with 1000 pounds of mint and 60,000 pounds of ice, along with one rousing rendition of My Old Kentucky Home.

Derby picks: 1. Gormley; 2.

"They have all looked really, really good".

Let's be clear here: I don't think you should the house (or the doghouse) on a horse from a foreign land.

"How long is the Kentucky Derby track?". Somebody will step up. "Do you always want the favorite to win?"

A lot of horses have to have their own way, [such as] Irish War Cry. For the third consecutive year, the 5-year-old son of Kitten's Joy rallied to take a grass stakes on Derby Day.

Irap (#9): His jockey, trainer, and owner have already won the Kentucky Derby twice with Nyquist and I'll have another. "He seems to have stepped up his game. These horses that are here now are here because they are good right now".

Turns out the dark brown colt knew best. "Look, it was a disaster". (The Wood Memorial) was huge relief. It was pretty emotional getting him back on track. "It was a big deal".

Pletcher had his hands full in the days leading up to the Derby when the colt's behaviour was less than a dream. The storied farm has had two runners in the Kentucky Derby three times, most notably in 1948 when it ran 1-2 with Citation and Coaltown. Nonetheless, the race is still taking place and one will leave in the record books when it's all said and done.

The billionaire who's considered one of the nation's largest land owners doesn't do media interviews. But one of them is going to do that to get everybody chimed in.

But there are plenty in the field who are capable. He does not have a horse in the race.

Still, the weather hangs over everything.

Classic Empire is the third Arkansas Derby victor since 2012 to be made the Kentucky Derby program favorite. Derby rookie Tyler Gafflione gets the call on Patch, and the two will break from the outside stall, post 20. "There are some nice, solid horses". "I hate to make too many excuses, but I honestly think he was a little too close to the pace on a cuppy track".


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