LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Jockey John Velazquez, riding Animal Kingdom #16 crosses the finish line on way to winning the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Travis Lindquist/Getty Images)
Animal Kingdom, in his first race ever on a dirt surface, passes a game Shackleford in the final furlongs to win the 2011 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Shackleford set one of the slower paces in the last several years in the Derby, going 1:13+ for six furlongs. Nehro, who ran closer to the place than usual, ran a strong final quarter mile but couldn't get to the winner at the wire.
Animal Kingdom was ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Graham Motion. Congratulations to the connections.
I'll have more on Animal Kingdom's win in the Kentucky Derby, a peek ahead at the Preakness, and a recap of all of the action at Churchill Downs, a bit later this weekend. Right now, I gotta finish off a bottle of bourbon!
Result chart via DRF.com
16-Animal Kingdom: $43,80, $19.60, $13.00
19-Nehro: $8.80, $6.40
13-Mucho Macho Man: $7.00
$2.00 Exacta: $329.80
$0.50 Trifecta: $988.10
$1.00 Super: $24,063.95
$1.00 Double: $196.50
$0.50 Pick 3: $1,184.55
$0.50 Pick 4: $6,146.10
$0.50 Pick 5: $213,895.34
$2.00 Pick 6 (5-of-6): $12,251.80
Pick 6 Carryover: $513,582.84
Standard and overhead replays below the jump.