11,752 Fans Celebrate Derby Day at Keeneland
LEXINGTON, KY (May 6, 2017) – Two horses sold at Keeneland’s 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale – favored Always Dreaming and Lookin At Lee – finished 1-2 in today’s 143rd running of the $2,395,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Keeneland sales now have produced 21 Kentucky Derby winners, including last year’s winner, Nyquist.
Always Dreaming sold at the September Sale to Steven W. Young, agent, for $350,000. He was consigned by Dromoland Farm, agent. (Click here for a video of Always Dreaming in the Keeneland sales ring.)
A colt by Bodemeister bred in Kentucky by Santa Rosa Partners, Always Dreaming races for the partnership of MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias, Siena Farm and West Point. Winner of the Xpresssbet Florida Derby (G1) in his last start, he is the second Kentucky Derby winner for trainer Todd Pletcher, whose first was Super Saver in 2010, and the second for jockey John Velazquez, who rode Animal Kingdom to victory in 2011.
At the same Keeneland auction, owner L and N Racing purchased Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee for $70,000 from the consignment of Penn Sales, agent. Ray Hanson bred the Lookin At Lucky colt, ridden in the Derby by Corey Lanerie for trainer Steve Asmussen.
At Keeneland, 11,752 fans attended the track’s 23rd annual Derby Day celebration. All of Keeneland’s dining rooms were sold out, and fans set up picnics throughout the Grandstand and in the Paddock and Walking Ring. They enjoyed live music and children’s activities that included pony rides and face painting; and took part in a Derby hat contest. Across Keeneland grounds, fans filled the Derby Bash at the Keene Barn & Entertainment Center and gathered on The Hill, Keeneland’s tailgate lot, which featured music, food trucks and wagering.
Fans at Keeneland wagered $1,660,974 on the Kentucky Derby, including all multi-leg pools ending with the Derby.