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Photos: Kentucky Derby 2012, start to finish
By DRF Staff
Photos from the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 5, show how the race unfolded.
Union Rags gets pinched between Dullahan and the No. 3 horse, Take Charge Indy, at the start of the 138th Kentucky Derby and was never able to recover. [Photo: Jenny Burgos]
Bodemeister (6) holds the lead over Trinniberg (9) as the field passes the grandstand for the first time. Hansen (14) and Gemologist (15) keep pace with the leaders. [Jenny Burgos]
After breaking from the No. 19 post, I'll Have Another (far left in the photo above) had a clear lane to fall in behind the leaders. [Barbara D. Livingston]
Bodemeister held his early lead on Trinniberg while Dullahan kept pace in the middle of the field, but Union Rags fell to the rear in the pack. [Jenny Burgos]
Coming around the final turn, Dullahan and I'll Have Another begin making their moves to catch leader Bodemeister. [Jenny Burgos]
In the final stretch, I'll Have Another is able to overtake Bodemeister to claim a 1 1/2-length victory in the Kentucky Derby. [Photos: Barbara D. Livingston]
These pictures tell the story.
Loved the photos and the analysis. I'm a fan of Barbaro so I was cheering on Union Rags since Matz also trained Barbaro. All 20 horses did a great job. You have to be good to be one of the top 20 to run in the derby. Chris K.
I loved all the photos. thank you.
I´ll Have Another kept track of the pacers the whole race, pursuing leaders through mounstrous fractions and still had the stamina to prevail in the final furlong. Watch for him on the Preakness racing even closer and still prevailing at the end. Maybe this year we´ll finally get a Triple Crown winner. I´m glad for his connections, a horsemanship class act deserving a historic 2012.
HELLO !!! Am I the only one that saw it was a wet track and speed horses go even better better when its wet ???? If its a dry track , Bodemeister will not win Preakness or Belmont. Maybe 2nd or 3 rd at Pimlico; not in the money at Belmont.
THIS was a classic Derby! Full of nice runners, pace, bad trips and a longshot winner. I spread out in the race with the premise that the best horse in the COUNTRY today could NOT win (Bode). WTDW was my closest runner (I was looking for closers) and will use him again, wherever he runs! As far as I'm concerned, he was the only horse RUNNING at the end. When you see the final fractions for EACH horse, it will be clear that they were moving pretty slow, as a group, at that point - with only a few exceptions. And, oh by the way, today's KENT - IS A STIFF! Clearly a drunk and a liar, "I only had one beer yesterday, but blew above at noon today!" - C'mon Dude!
Wow, look at all those fans. Proves that racing needs a Pete Rozelle type commish to tap into that base to draw them back between June and Breeders Cup and between Breeders Cup and the Derby. Emerge, savior, emerge!
I'll Have Another's ears tell me he has more in the tank for Maryland.
Jockey on I'll Have Another rode a masterful race, placing his horse in the ideal spots from start to finish. More inside than outside on both turns without surrendering the all important outside line in the stretch. Hard to believe this was his first ride in the derby and probably first ride in a race with 20 horses. Congratulations. I bet Went the Day Well and was not disappointed. Motion will hold him out of the Preakness and he will be a factor in the Belmont. Union Rags will run in the Preakness and will offer value providing he draws and outside post.
7th place is 7th place. The race is what it is and will always be what it was. The fact is they're all good horses with only one winner, one first loser, one second loser and so forth. Woulda, coulda, & shoulda will never change the outcome and reality.
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