Always Dreaming wins Kentucky Derby on sloppy track

May 6, 2017; Louisville , KY, USA; John Velazquez aboard Always Dreaming (5) leads the field and wins the 2017 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY SportsThomson Reuters

(Reuters) – Always Dreaming won the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on a sloppy track on Saturday.

Lookin at Lee finished second in the first leg of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown series for 3-year-olds, with Battle of Midway third.

Always Dreaming, who went off as co-favorite with Irish War Cry at 9-2, broke smoothly out of the gate under jockey John Velazquez and was always in touch with the lead group before charging ahead before the far turn.

The Todd Pletcher-trained Florida Derby winner was never threatened on his way to a comfortable victory in 2:03.59.

Long shots Lookin at Lee and Battle of Midway were next across the line in slow conditions caused by rains Friday and Saturday.

Always Dreaming paid $11.40, $7.20, $5.80 for a $2 bet. Lookin at Lee, a 33-1 shot, returned $26.60, $15.20, while 40-1 choice Battle of Midway paid $20.80.

(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Andrew Both)

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