May 5, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
2015 Kentucky Derby & Oaks, Recap, Payouts, |Gallery
What a weekend!. The 141st running of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks are in the books and both races were a sight to remember. Over 294,000 people attending the track for the two historic days, and left seeing a great Filly in Lovely Maria win the 2015 Kentucky Oaks, while an outstanding Colt American Pharoah took the 2015 Kentucky Derby.
First up were the Fillies and the Kentucky Oaks Race on Friday, May 1st at Churchill Downs. As the 14 Fillies entered the starting gate you could just feel the excitement building from the Oaks Record crowd of 123,763, that something special was happening all around. It was a beautiful sunny day at Churchill Downs, as the spectators filled the seats with women wearing elegant dresses and large hats, while the men walked around in their best pink attire smoking premium cigars with tilted brims.
With all the energy and excitement around the race track, Lovely Maria impressed by winning the 2015 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill downs Friday, afternoon in Louisville KY. With 56-year-old jockey Kerwin Clark on mount, Lovely Maria hit the gate with 7-1 odds and finished the Oaks race with the victory at a time of 1:50.45. Shook Up ran a beautiful race and finished the Oaks in second, while I’m a Chatterbox ran third just beating out the 3-1 morning line favorite Stellar Wind who finished fourth.
“At my age (56), to be in the position I’m in now, you can’t ask for anything better than that. Lovely Maria Jockey Kerwin Clark stated after the Oaks. “They’ve (Owner & Trainer) given me an opportunity that I thought was never going to happen again. For that, I can’t thank them enough.”
Up next was the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 2nd. It was announced at the track that a Derby record 170,513 people saw “the greatest and most exciting two minutes in sports,” Just like the Kentucky Oaks from a day before, the running for the roses was filled with just as much excitement from the spectators on hand under clear sunny skies. The buzz all week leading up to Derby was about which of the two Bob Baffert trained horses were better, American Pharoah,or Dortmund. The stablemates were the first and second choices at 5/2 and 3-1 when the morning line was set Thursday evening.
After former Louisville Cardinals Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater announced to the all the jockeys in the Derby “Riders Up” it was time for the Colts to take to track. One thing noticeable between Dortmund and American Pharoah was both horses appeared to be dancing on their feet while being restrained some, before going into the starting gate, because they both just looked anxious to finally get to run the race.
“They’re Off” announced the track commentator. Dortmund jumped out of the gate quickly to set the pace early and rival Colt Firing Line was second, while jockey Espinoza and American Pharoah coming from the unfavorable post position of 18 sat right behind Dortmund and Firing Line as they entered the first turn.
Dortmund was leading the pack for most of the race until the final turn coming down the stretch. American Pharoah grabbed the outside Firing Line took middle ground while Dortmund was on the inside closest to the rail. Dortmund (4-1) begin to weaken down the stretch, but fought hard to finish third, while Firing Line (8-1) finally finished ahead of Dortmund to take second, but was overpowered by American Pharoah (3-1) who took a late lead to finish first in the 2015 Kentucky Derby in a time of 2:03.02.
American Pharoah and Victor Espinoza gave trainer Bob Baffert his 4th victory in the Kentucky Derby. The others were (1997) Silver Charm, (1998) Real Quiet and (2002) War Emblem. Dortmund ran third in the 2015 Kentucky Derby who was also trained Bob Baffert. .
American Pharoah arrived at Churchill Downs on a 4 race winning streak, while also setting a blazing workout of under 1 minute in 5 furloughs upon his arrival to the legendary race track. Up next is the 140th Preakness Stakes set for Saturday, May 16th, at Pimlico Race Track. If American Pharoah can get two more wins at the Preakness and then the Belmont in New York this Colt would become the first Triple Crown winner and the 12th since Affirmed did it in 1978.
“There’s a lot of positive energy on this horse,” Baffert said. “There’s a certain aura about him. He’s caught people’s attention.”
2015 Kentucky Oaks Payouts
Lovely Maria: $14.60 to win, $7.80 to place, $5.40 to show
Shook Up: $20.20 to place, $11.40 to show
I’m a Chatterbox: $5.00 to show
$2 Exacta (7-2): $296.00
$2 Trifecta (7-2-8): $1,588.00
$1 Superfecta (7-2-8-12): $4126.60
$1 Super High Five (7-2-8-12-13): $30,843.80
Race Replay of the 141st Running of the Kentucky Oaks.
2015 Kentucky Derby Payouts
American Pharoah: $7.80 to win, $5.80 to place, $4.20 to show
Firing Line: $8.40 to place, $5.40 to show
Dortmund: $4.20 to show
$2 Exacta (18-10): $72.60
$1 Trifecta (18-10-8): $101.00
$1 Superfecta (18-10-8-15): $634.10
$1 Super High Five (18-10-8-15-5): $6,658.30
Race Replay Running of 141st Kentucky Derby.
2015 KENTUCKY DERBY & KENTUCKY OAKS PHOTO GALLERY