Mage finished the 149th Kentucky Derby ahead of Two Phil’s on Saturday. Also, Angel of Empire came in third place. According to a gambling forum, there were more than 150,000 in the stands to witness the race.
Mage’s victory came after favorite Forte was removed from the race. According to the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, Forte had a bruise on his right foot. Also, he was a 3-1 favorite earlier in the day. He is the fifth horse scratched from the Kentucky Derby. Additionally, it was the first time since 1936 that five horses were removed from the Derby.
According to pay per head bookie sources, Mage had a single win before the Derby. However, the horse will have the opportunity to earn the Triple Crown by winning at the Preakness Stakes on May 20 and at the Belmont Stakes on June 10.
149th Kentucky Derby
Two more horses were lost in Saturday’s early races, adding to the extremely high number of deaths among horses in the days leading up to this year’s Derby. Since April 27, seven horses have tragically passed away.
According to Churchill Downs, Chloe’s Dream and Freezing Point experienced racing injuries they could not recover from on Saturday. As a result, they were killed for humane reasons.
According to a press statement from Churchill Downs on Saturday night, Chloe’s Dream fractured her right knee when leading into the first bend in Race 2. Meanwhile, Freezing Point broke a bone in his front left leg towards the middle of the backstretch of Race 8.
According to the firm, the track surfaces are constantly evaluated by professionals in the field to ensure their safety. In addition, according to the statement, all the racehorses are given “several, extensive veterinarian tests” and inspections before they are allowed to compete.
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