LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby by a broken nose.
An injury to Animal Kingdom's regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount and once he took the reins on Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner's circle.
Animal Kingdom, who'd never raced on dirt before, reacted to his new rider the way a champion should, charging down the middle of the stretch to win by 2¾ lengths.
Nehro was second and Mucho Macho Man was another neck back in third.
Dialed In went off as the 5-1 favorite, but finished eighth.