Transcript: Post-Derby Winner's Press Conference

THE MODERATOR:  Thank you for joining us.  We have the connections of the Kentucky Derby winner, Team Valor International's Animal Kingdom.  We have the winning connections including the chief executive officer of Team Valor International and the founder of that organization, that's Barry Irwin.  Just to his right is Graham Motion, now a Kentucky Derby winning trainer, and after a incredible turn of events in the last 24 hours, John Velazquez is a Kentucky Derby winning jockey and our connections are here to celebrate with us.

164,858 Look On As Animal Kingdom Wins

Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, ran past Nehro in mid-stretch and pulled away to a 2 ¾-length victory to win the 137th running of the $2,171,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) before a record crowd of 164,858 on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Record crowd on hand for Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby 137 was one for the record books as 164,858 enthusiastic race fans packed legendary Churchill Downs Racetrack, smashing the former attendance record of 163,628 set in 1974 during the 100th anniversary of the "Run for the Roses." The victory in the $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) was also the first win in America's premier race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds for owners and breeders Team Valor, trainer H. Graham Motion and jockey John Velazquez.

Archarcharch, Comma to the Top exit Derby injured

Arkansas Derby (G1) winner ARCHARCHARCH (Arch) and CashCall Futurity (G1) winner COMMA TO THE TOP (Bwana Charlie), who finished up the track in Saturday's Kentucky Derby (G1), were both found to be injured shortly after the race.

Archarcharch was vanned off the track following his uncharacteristic 15th. After he was returned to his barn, X-rays revealed that he had suffered a non-displaced condylar fracture to his left foreleg.

Dream Bet fails to pay on Mucho Macho Man

Dave Flores, the winner of the $100,000 Derby Dream Bet Sweepstakes, staked his prize on Mucho Macho Man (Macho Uno). His choice ran a valiant race to get up for third, but since the sweepstakes requires a win wager only, his effort did not yield any financial dividends for the Chicago man.

Flores, who works in a metal manufacturing shop, said that he "never misses" the Kentucky Derby (G1). He estimates that he attended America's most storied race at least 20 times. He met his fiancé, a Louisville native, at the Kentucky Oaks (G1) four years ago, 

Animal Kingdom shocks Derby in front of record crowd

Team Valor International's homebred ANIMAL KINGDOM (Leroidesanimaux [Brz]) circled wide around the turn and came powering down the center of the track to take the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby (G1) in front of a record crowd of 164,858 at Churchill Downs on Saturday.

ANIMAL KINGDOM RALLIES TO WIN

Team Valor International’s Animal Kingdom, ridden by John Velazquez, ran past Nehro in mid-stretch and pulled away to a 2 ¾-length victory to win the 137th running of the $2,171,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) before a record crowd of 164,858 on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

The previous attendance record for a Kentucky Derby was established in 1974 when 163,628 were on hand for Cannonade’s victory in the 100th Run for the Roses.

Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes

PLUM PRETTY – Assistant trainer Jim Barnes reported that Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty came back “super good” from her impressive score in Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks. The Medaglia d’Oro filly got a perfect trip for rider Martin Garcia, fired well clear at the head of the lane, then had enough in the tank to hold off the fast-closing St. John’s River by a neck. 

Future plans for Plum Pretty – who picked up a first prize of $570,400 after covering nine furlongs in 1:49.50 – had yet to be made. 

137 Kentucky Oaks establishes new all-sources wagering mark as Plum Pretty wins Lillies

A crowd of 110,122, the third-highest Kentucky Oaks attendance in history, gathered under sunny spring skies at Churchill Downs to witness Plum Pretty capture the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.

Plum Pretty Holds Off St. John's River

Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty, ridden by Martin Garcia, took command in the middle of the far turn and then held off a late charge along the rail from St. John’s River to win the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a neck before the third-largest Oaks Day crowd of 110,122 on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Plum Pretty, who entered the Oaks off a 25-length victory in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks on March 27, is trained by Bob Baffert, who also won the Oaks in 1999 with Silverbulletday.