Further, he had given a second Derby win among 48 starters to Pletcher, the career victor of 4,300 races, 1,000 stakes and $336 million, $60 million more than any other trainer, who yet found validation with this second win, following on Super Saver in 2010.
Always Dreaming, who went off as co-favorite with Irish War Cry at 9-2, broke smoothly out of the gate under jockey John Velazquez and was always in touch with the lead group before charging ahead before the far turn. Lookin at Lee and Battle of Midway finished second and third, respectively.
Super Saver only won the Kentucky Derby because he was the recipient of a ideal rail-skimming trip in a roughly run race; Always Dreaming ran away with the Run for the Roses because he proved, unequivocally, that he was a far superior horse to his 19 rivals.
Always Dreaming, the Florida Derby victor, contested a hot pace set by State of Honor through a blazing first quarter in 22.70 seconds and a half mile in 46.53.
It marked the sixth year in a row that a victor of one of the 100-point prep races emerged to win the Derby.
Always Dreaming ran the 1 1/4-mile classic in 2:03.59 on a sloppy track, the first off-track for a Derby since 2013.
When Always Dreaming unloaded at Churchill, Pletcher felt the dark bay colt was too wound up too soon.
Godolphin's Kentucky Derby was over nearly as soon as it started as UAE Derby victor bucked dramatically in the first 50 yards and was pulled up passing the stands. Together, they harnessed their collective talents to win the Kentucky Derby. Taking on 19 other horses, not to mention the impressive talent of the victor, is no easy undertaking.
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As might be expected from two successful guys from the neighborhood, he and Viola reveled in Always Dreaming's win together.
"I'm so happy for Vinny Viola who is really one of the most important people in our country", said his friend Susan Ziegler who joined a handful of other pals at Bamonte's Italian restaurant in Williamsburg to watch The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports. "Thunder Snow was allowed to walk back to the barn and he did so comfortably".
More significantly, however, he has now silenced the critics with a second victory in the $2 million contest - and the usually imperturbable trainer admitted he had shed a tear beneath his shades.
Mike Smith won Friday's Kentucky Oaks aboard Abel Talsman but could only manage a 13th-place finish for Girvin in the Derby. "From then on we sat there until the quarter pole when I asked him to run". However, Always Dreaming was pushed by a pair of longshots at the end of America's Greatest Race, Lookin At Lee and Battle At Midway, who went off at 33-1 and 40-1 respectively.
Rarely one to show his emotions, Pletcher admitted being teary-eyed behind his sunglasses.
Nevertheless, the "new shooters" that look probable for the Preakness include: Cloud Computing (third in the Wood Memorial in his last start); Conquest Mo Money (Arkansas Derby runner-up); Multiplier (Illinois Derby winner); Senior Investment (Lexington Stakes winner); and Royal Mo (third in Santa Anita Derby).
Godolphin's Thunder Snow lost his chance when bucking after being slowly away.
"I got a good trip", said Prat.
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