Rajiv Maragh

Always Dreaming roars to victory in 143rd Kentucky Derby

Always Dreaming roars to victory in 143rd Kentucky Derby

For a brief moment, as tears filled Todd Pletcher’s steel-blue eyes, the normally dispassionate trainer let the world see how it felt for him to cast aside the weight of so many Kentucky Derby disappointments.

Pletcher knows the narrative all too well. Despite winning a record seven Eclipse Awards for Top Trainer and ranking as the leading purse winner in history at age 49, he’s the guy who’s saddled almost 50 horses for the Derby and won just once.

Make that twice.

Because on Saturday, Always Dreaming, a horse who’d never even run in a stakes race before the start of April, swept over a rain-soaked track to win the 143rd Derby at Churchill Downs. He was the fifth...

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