On Saturday, 149th Run for the Roses was held at Churchill Downs Racetrack. A year ago the horse with the second-longest odds had won the 148th Kentucky Derby.
Mage beat Two Phil's, Angel of Empire and Two Phil's at odds of 16-1. They were ranked second and third, respectively. Mage was the first Triple Crown winner for Gustavo Delgado.
The attendance was announced at 150 335, up from the 147 294 of last year.
Mage's Venezuelan trainer is the same country as jockey Javier Castellano who won the Preakness Stakes and his first Derby in 2006, but only his second Triple Crown win after winning his Derby. Mage is owned jointly by OGMA Investments LLC, Delgado; Ramiro Retrepo and Sterling Racing (Sam Herzberg); and CMNWLTH.
The winner received $32.42.
It wasn't all fun and games. Two more horses were killed in races on Saturday, leading up to the 149th Derby.
According to our news partner WLKY TV, Chloe’s Dream was towed away by van in Race 2 on Sat. Trainer Jeff Hiles confirmed that the horse was euthanized because of its injuries.
Churchill Downs released a statement saying that "Chloe’s Dream suffered an injury from which it was impossible for him to recover and, therefore, he had to be euthanized." He will be taken to the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostics Lab, where a necropsy will be performed.
Freezing Point was also taken away by van during Race 8. Churchill Downs stated that Freezing Point was unable to recover from the injury, and as a result the horse had to be euthanized.
Freezing Point is also being taken to UK Veterinary Diagnostics Lab, for a necropsy.
Five other horses died at Churchill Downs since April 27, including this one.
You can also see more photos and updates from Derby 149.