May 3, 2008

Kent Desormeaux Wins Kentucky Derby

Posted at May 3, 2008 7:16 PM

The scoop on kent desormeaux winning the Kentucky Derby:

Kent Desormeaux wins Kentucky Derby

With Kent Desormeaux at the helm, Florida Derby (G1) winner Big Brown made a powerful move at the top of the stretch and drove home unchallenged to win the $2,211,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum Brands (G1) by 4 3/4 lengths on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Dutrow had not been shy in the days leading up to the race about telling anyone who would listen that he had the best horse in the field and could see no way the bay Boundary colt could lose the 1 1/4-mile first leg of the Triple Crown.

Dutrow, whose checkered past and boisterous personality have turned off some in the industry, was jubilant as he won with his first Derby starter, who became the first horse to win from the 20th post since Clyde Van Dusen in 1929.

“Everything,” Dutrow said when asked what the victory meant to him and Kent Desormeaux. “I can’t really describe the feeling all of us have right now.

“What you saw out there today … that’s what’s made me so confident.”

Ridden patiently by Racing Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, Big Brown, the 5-to-2 post-time favorite, made a sweeping move on the outside at the top of the stretch, veered sharply to the rail, and accelerated with authority to the line to become the seventh unbeaten Kentucky Derby winner and first since Barbaro in 2006.



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