As the Kentucky Derby field comes to a head, there's one racehorse that finished first: Always Dreaming.
With his brilliant win in the $1,000,000 Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park, Always Dreaming has established himself as a solid Derby contender.
The son of Bodemeister, Thoroughbred racehorse Always Dreaming ran the Florida Derby's mile and an eighth distance in 1:47 2/5, running the fastest Florida Derby since Alydar's 1978 run. Always Dreaming, ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Todd Pletcher, won by five lengths and secured himself a spot as a favorite for May 6th's Kentucky Derby.
You can see his Florida Derby run below:
If bloodlines increased a horse's chances of victory in the Kentucky Derby, then Always Dreaming would be one to watch. His sire, Bodemeister, and his grandsire, Empire Maker, both came in second in the Derby in 2012 and 2003. His second dam's sire is a half-brother to Secretariat, and Always Dreaming himself is a half-brother to grade one-winning filly Hot Dixie Chick.
Always Dreaming was purchased at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $350,000, and is owned by a partnership between Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables, Siena Farm, and West Point Thoroughbreds.
As you begin to make your Derby picks, this handsome Thoroughbred is certainly one to watch.
UPDATE: Always Dreaming won the race! More to come on this story as it progresses.
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