2011 Kentucky Derby

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137th Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Kentucky-derby-2011.png
Official logo for the 2011 Kentucky Derby
Location Churchill Downs
Date May 7, 2011
Winning horse Animal Kingdom
Jockey John R. Velazquez
Conditions Fast
Surface Dirt
2010
2012

The 2011 Kentucky Derby was the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby, on May 7. The race was won by Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, trained by H. Graham Motion and owned by Team Valor.[1]

The race took place on Saturday, May 7, 2011, and was televised in the United States on the NBC television network.[2]

A record crowd of 164,858 was on hand at the track for the race.[3]

Payout[edit]

The 137th Kentucky Derby Payout Schedule

Program
Number
Horse Name
Win
Place
Show
16 Animal Kingdom $43.80 $19.60 $13.00
19 Nehro - $8.80 $6.40
13 Mucho Macho Man - - $7.00

Details[edit]

The winning horse, Animal Kingdom (#16), came up on the outside, passing 3 horses in the last stretch, to win by 2 34 lengths.[1] (see photos in External links, below). The second place went to Corey Nakatani on Nehro (#19), and third place went to Rajiv Maragh on Mucho Macho Man (#13). The horses with post positions on each side of the winner (#17 and #15) placed eleventh and sixteenth, respectively, at the finish. It is also the first time in history the 19 horse has ever been in the money in the Kentucky Derby. In 2012, I'll Have Another became the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby from the 19 post.

The winning jockey, John R. Velazquez, had recently switched to riding Animal Kingdom, after his prior horse, Uncle Mo (former 2nd choice, 9-2), had been scratched earlier within the week.[5]

Field[edit]

Finish Post Horse name Trainer Jockey Opening odds (to 1) Final odds[4] Stakes
1 16 Animal Kingdom H. Graham Motion John R. Velazquez 30 20.9 $1,411,800
2 19 Nehro Steve Asmussen Corey Nakatani 6 8.5 $400,000
3 13 Mucho Macho Man Katherine Ritvo Rajiv Maragh 12 9.3 $200,000
4 14 Shackleford Dale L. Romans Jesus Castanon 12 23 $100,000
5 11 Master of Hounds Aidan O'Brien Garrett K. Gomez 30 16 $60,000
6 12 Santiva Eddie Kenneally Shaun Bridgmohan 30 34
7 2 Brilliant Speed Thomas Albertrani Joel Rosario 30 27
8 8 Dialed In Nick Zito Julien Leparoux 4 5
9 7 Pants On Fire Kelly Breen Rosie Napravnik 20 8
10 3 Twice the Appeal Jeff Bonde Calvin Borel 20 11
11 17 Soldat Kiaran McLaughlin Alan Garcia 12 11
12 4 Stay Thirsty Todd Pletcher Ramon A. Dominguez 20 17
13 9 Derby Kitten Michael J. Maker Javier Castellano 30 36
14 5 Decisive Moment Juan Arias Kerwin Clark 30 39
15 1 Archarcharch William H. Fires Jon Court 10 12
16 15 Midnight Interlude Bob Baffert Victor Espinoza 10 9
17 10 Twinspired Michael J. Maker Mike E. Smith 30 32
18 20 Watch Me Go Kathleen O'Connell Rafael Bejarano 50 33
19 6 Comma To The Top Peter Miller Pat Valenzuela 30 35
(scratched)[6] 18
Uncle Mo

Todd Pletcher
John R. Velazquez (rode Animal Kingdom) 4.5
  • Margins – 2 34 lengths, neck
  • Time – 2:02:04
  • Track – Fast

Notable achievements[edit]

  • Animal Kingdom became the first Kentucky Derby winner to have never previously raced on a dirt track.[3]
  • Animal Kingdom became the first horse since Exterminator in 1918 to win the Derby with only four previous starts.[3]
  • Animal Kingdom became the first horse since Needles in 1956 to win the race off a six-week layoff.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "ESPN Animal Kingdom wins 137th Derby" ESPN.go.com, May 7, 2011, webpage: ESPN65[dead link].
  2. ^ Bossert, Jerry (May 4, 2011). "137th Kentucky Derby: Complete field including post, horse, jockey, trainer, odds at Churchill Downs". NY Daily News. Retrieved May 5, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Bailey, Steve (May 7, 2011). "Velazquez roars to Derby triumph aboard Animal Kingdom". Thoroughbred Times. Retrieved May 9, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c d "11th Race, Churchill Downs, May 7, 2011". drf.com. Daily Racing Form. 2011-05-07. Archived from the original on 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2011-05-09. 
  5. ^ Network, Sports. "Uncle Mo scratched from the Kentucky Derby - Horse Racing". MiamiHerald.com. Retrieved 2011-05-17. 
  6. ^ Van Valkenburg, Kevin (May 6, 2011). "Kentucky Derby 2011: Uncle Mo is scratched, leaving race wide open and lacking star power". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 7, 2011. 

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