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Animal Kingdom Wins Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom is the winner of the 137th Kentucky Derby.With John Velazquez aboard, Animal Kingdom blew past second-place finisher Nehro in the stretch to take the Run For the Roses. Mucho Macho Man finished third.Velazquez was given the mount on Friday, replacing Robby Albarado, who was injured earlier in the week.Velazquez was orignally scheduled to ride Uncle Mo, who was scratched Friday.Animal Kingdom is trained by Graham Motion and owned by Team Valor International.Archarcharch suffered a non-life-threatening fracture during the race.Animal Kingdom paid $43.80, $19.60 and $13.00. Nehro paid $8.80 and $6.40. Mucho Macho Man paid $7.00.The Kentucky Derby was run before a record crowd of 164,858 at Churchill Downs.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.