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John Velazquez rides Always Dreaming to victory in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Always Dreaming splashed his way to steal the 143rd Kentucky Derby title


A particularly wet and sloshy horse track didn't stop the a top contender, Always Dreaming, from disappointing fans from winning the 143rd Kentucky Derby by 2 3/4 lengths on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. The win gave trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their second victories in the race, but their first together.

Kentucky Derby 2017 | Always Dreaming wins 143rd Kentucky Derby | NBC Sports

WATCH | Always Dreaming finishes a sloppy course strong at Churchill Downs.

With 9-2 odds, Always Dreaming made it the fifth consecutive year that a Derby favorite won the race, the longest stretch since the 1970s.

Thought Always Dreaming was a top contender, he was followed by a pair of longshots: 33-1 Lookin At Lee and 40-1 Battle of Midway.

"I think he really came in here and knew it was game time, and he was ready to go," trainer Pletcher said. "The most important thing to do is bring the best horse to the Derby, and that's what we were able to do."

The victory was worth $1,635,800.

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