WATCH: Always Dreaming Runs Away at the End, Gives Pletcher His Second Derby Victory

Always Dreaming silenced Todd Pletcher’s haters today at Churchill Downs. What a performance from the Florida Derby champion.

Congrats to all you folks who bet on him. I wasn’t one of them, and now I’m drinking my sorrows away.

I really have to thank the owners with this horse and my brother, Dennis, who helped us pick out this horse. In his last couple of races, he got really worked up in the paddock and didn’t run to his best effort. We know he likes to travel and I have to thank our groom and exercise rider for coming out here early with him and getting acclimated to the track. I’m not sure what we’ll do next with him. I see myself nudging up to some adult beverage tonight then thinking about where we go next. We were very optimistic with him all along and to see him put it together was great. We went through a bit of a funky phase with him and had some traffic troubles in his last couple of races.”

Doug O’Neill, Trainer of PAVEL (winner)

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