2017 Bring the 143rd Kentucky Derby


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May 15, 2017; Baltimore, MD, USA; Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming stands in the stable after a morning walk during workouts in preparation for the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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“And they’re off!”


Saturday, May 6, marked the 143rd Kentucky Derby.


This “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” takes place annually in Louisville, KY, in the Churchill Downs Racetrack on the first Sunday of the month of May. However, there are less significant races that take place after the Derby the same day and beyond.


Derby attendees place bets on their most favorable horses, drink bourbon and tensely watch their betting horses prove them right (or wrong!).


But this year, if you bet on Always Dreaming, you just won the jackpot.


Saturday’s champion is Always Dreaming who took a muddy first place — this race being his third consecutive win this in a row for this year, reported CBS Sports.


Always Dreaming is a “Dark Bay” colored colt born in Kentucky and bred by Santa Rosa Partners, all of which can be be found on the official Kentucky Derby website.


Coming in at second place was Lookin At Lee who held the lead toward the beginning of the race.


As for the other 18 horses, the finishing positions go as follows:


3.) Battle of Midway

4.) Classic Empire

5.) Practical Joke

6.) Tapwrit

7.) Gunnevera

8.) McCraken

9.) Gormley

10.) Irish War Cry

11.) Hence

12.) Untrapped

13.) Girvin

14.) Patch

15.) J Boys Echo

16.) Sonneteer

17.) Fast and Accurate

18.) Irap

19.) State of Honor

20.) Thunder Snow (DNF)


Other than the runner-ups for first place, one horse that stood out was Patch — the blind-in-one-eye racing horse.


Initially, his left eye developed an ulcer that “despite the best possible medical care, didn’t respond to treatment” CNN Sports reported.


As far as stand-out horses go in this race, Fast and Accurate ended with a DNF.


The overall race was just as enchanting for viewers across the nation as it was for those who attended.
Until next time, though, we will never know who holds the championship.