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Montrelle Montesinos | 09 May, 2017, 10:34

Always Dreaming, who didn't break his maiden until January 25 but showed his talent in Florida this spring with a series of stunning performances, delivered a powerful victory in the 143rd Kentucky Derby on Saturday, splashing through the Churchill Downs stretch 2 3/4 lengths in front of 33-to-1 longshot Lookin At Lee.

Co-favorite Always Dreaming, ridden by John Velazquez, won the 143rd Kentucky Derby at Louisville's Churchill Downs on Saturday.

Between them, he and Velazquez were two-for-63 in the fabled race that kicks off the coveted treble completed by the Preakness and Belmont Stakes.

According to Churchill Downs, Pletcher's Master Plan, who just missed qualifying for the Derby, worked 4 furlongs in:48.20 at the track on Sunday and will be pointed toward Saturday's Grade III Peter Pan Stakes at Belmont. Though the final time was a relatively slow 2:03.59 on a sloppy track, Always Dreaming sat second off a fast pace through the first half mile, took the lead heading into the far turn and impressively opened up when Velazquez asked him to accelerate.

The win raised Always Dreaming's record to four for six with a second and a third, both in first two maiden races under trainer Dominick Schettino.

With Pletcher, Velasquez and Always Dreaming no longer dreaming of just a Kentucky Derby win, their attentions turn to even bigger matters.

He was followed across the finish line by a pair of longshots: 33-1 Lookin At Lee and 40-1 Battle of Midway.

The victor ran the mile and a quarter on what was labeled a wet, fast track but was muddy for much of the day, in 2 minutes, 3.59 seconds.

Battle of Midway and Irish War Cry went when Always Dreaming moved but never headed him.

"It's very special", said the 46-year old Velazquez, who won the 2011 Kentucky Derby on Animal Kingdom.

American Pharoah's trainer, Bob Baffert, who did not have a horse in the race, said he would be watching from his "Grade I couch" in California, a day after he won the premier race for 3-year-old fillies, the Kentucky Oaks, with Abel Tasman.

Always Dreaming's primary ownership is comprised of Brooklyn Boyz Stables and Teresa Viola, whose Brooklyn-born husband Vincent owns the NHL's Florida Panthers. "We knew for sure we didn't want to be behind a wall of horses and that turned out OK".

Bonomo, trailing a few feet behind, pointed at Pletcher and said: "Who is that guy?"

"I named the horse because I'm always daydreaming or dreaming about something".

"Down the back side, according to Velazquez", He got a nice position.

If Always Dreaming didn't win the Derby, it's a certainty he wouldn't be in the Preakness because Pletcher loathes bringing back horses that quickly.

The dark brown colt then fulfilled a dream come true for a multitude of people by winning the marquee race going away on Saturday. Classic Empire (just 6-1 odds) was fourth and Practical Joke (27-1) was fifth. He broke poorly out of the starting gate and began bucking.

"We have so much success in the past and we haven't won the Derby (together)".

Horse race fans took to Twitter to celebrate the win. "He was picked up immediately by the outrider and galloped very, very comfortably back to the paddock where he was examined by Dr. Jennifer Kaak".

Dubai invader Thunder Snow was pulled up shortly after the start, but appeared to be OK after the race, according to NBC Sports.