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Always Dreaming Wins Florida Derby, Headed to Kentucky Derby / Monday, April 3, 2017

West Point Thoroughbreds Partners are competing in the Kentucky Derby for the third time in the company’s history. This year we’re headed to Louisville with one of the favorites, Always Dreaming, brilliant winner of Saturday’s $1,000,000 Florida Derby (G1) at Gulfstream Park. He’s currently ranked third on the Kentucky Derby leaderboard, with 100 points.

Read trainer Todd Pletcher’s thoughts following the Florida Derby.

The bay son of Bodemeister stalked just off pacesetter Three Rules before springing like a rocket on cue to prevail by five lengths. He completed the mile and an eighth in 1:47,47, the fastest Florida Derby since Alydar’s in 1978.

“We soaked in the excitement of winning the Florida Derby, and now our sights are set on Kentucky, said West Point president Terry Finley. “It’s truly an honor to be involved with a horse who possesses such sheer talent and who has such a great team behind him, I was blown away with how he easily he passed horses on Saturday and how he galloped out. I’m very excited for our Partners. We have a great group of people in on the colt, and I look forward to sharing the magic of Derby week with them.”

Always Dreaming, owned by the partnership of Brooklyn Boyz Stables, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stable, MeB Racing Stables, Siena Farm, and West Point Thoroughbreds, will remain at Palm Beach Downs for at least the next couple weeks before shipping to Churchill Downs for the May 6 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (G1).

About Always Dreaming:

  • His sire Bodemeister and grandsire Empire Maker were both second in the Kentucky Derby (2012 & 2003).

  • He’s a half-brother to grade one-winning filly Hot Dixie Chick.

  • The sire of his second dam is a half-brother to Secretariat.

  • He was named by Maryellen Bonomo, co-owner and wife of Brooklyn Boyz principal Anthony Bonomo.

  • Co-owner Vincent Viola is owner of the Florida Panthers NHL team. Viola and Finley both attended the United States Military Academy at West Point.

  • Viola co-owns the colt with his childhood friend, Anthony Bonomo of Brooklyn Boyz Stable. The two men grew up in Brooklyn together and have known each other since they were 6-years-old.

  • The colt’s dam (by In Excess)won seven of 10 starts and was second in the grade one LaBrea Stakes.

  • He was purchased for $350,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September Yearling Sale (pictured as a yearling below).

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