|Written by Michael|
Bet on HorsesIn one of the more wide open and deeper fields in recent years, the one hundred and thirty eighth edition of the Kentucky Derby was run on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. Twenty, count them, 20 horses entered the starting gate at the Downs on a nice, albeit, muggy afternoon in Louisville. The crowd numbered an amazing 165,307 setting a new Derby attendance record.
Highly touted 4-1 favorite Bodemeister led much of the way, until entry number 19, I'll Have Another, came flying down the stretch to win the race by one and a half lengths. He was the first horse in the history of the Derby to be victorious from the nineteenth position. His jockey, Mario Guteirriz predictably called him "Amazing." At the ripe old age, as jockeys go, 25, this was Guteirriz premier Derby appearance.
T rainer Doug O'Neill and owner, J. Paul Reddam liked what they saw of the jock while watching him ride at Southern California's Santa Anita. O'Neill spends much of his time in SoCal, so he was more familar with Guteirriz than many of the owners and trainers of the other Derby entries. Guteirriz was atop the winner of the Santa Anita Derby last month.
The race was fast paced from the start by Bodemeister, who by the way, was trained by Bob Baffert, he of three previous Derby crown holders. Bodemeister surpassed another speedy entry, Trinneberg, in setting a torrid trend toward the stretch. The opening quarter mile was run in an incredible 22.32 seconds and it took just a total of 45.39 seconds to reach the half mile mark.
Guteirriz positioned I'll Have Another clear of the rest of the field with his sights set on Bodemeister at the top of the stretch. As they say, the rest was history, as the 15-1 shot purchased for $11,000 dollars, passed the front runner just before the finish line.
I'll Have Another paid $32.60, $13.80 and $9.00 after running the course in 2:01.83. Bodemeister was second paying $6.20 to place and $5.60 to show. Dullahan was third with a show price of $7.20. Went the Day Well was fourth.