Big Brown wins the Kentucky Derby

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  • Big Brown took the first US Classic of the season this Saturday (3 May) winning the 134th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky.

    The Richard Dutrow jnr-trained three-year-old became the seventh unbeaten horse to win the race and the first horse since 1915 to win it having had just three previous starts.

    It was a first Derby win for Mr Dutrow jnr and a third for jockey Kent Desormeaux — who won on Real Quiet in 1998 and Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.

    Having won the first leg of the US Triple Crown connections are now looking towards the second leg — the Preakness Stakes held in Maryland in two weeks time.

    Mr Desormeaux said of Big Brown: “Talent-wise, he is the best horse I’ve ever ridden.”

    The 24-10 favourite won by nearly five lengths ahead of the lone filly in the race, the Larry Jones-trained Eight Belles, who sadly fatally fractured both of her fore ankles pulling up on the turn. The stable had been hoping to record a double as only the day before her stablemate Proud Spell took the Kentucky Oaks.

    In third was Denis of Cork, trained by David M Carroll and Tale of Ekati was fourth. All 20 ran.

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