2012 Kentucky Derby & Oaks Recap

Posted by Matt Cullen on Tue, May 8, 2012 @ 15:05 PM

2012 Kentucky Derby

On Saturday, the 138th Kentucky Derby® at Churchill Downs® produced another unlikely champion in the "Run for the Roses." I'll Have Another, a 15-1 long shot, managed a thrilling sprint down the stretch, nosing out odds favorite Bodemeister for the first leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. 

A record crowd of 165,307 was on hand at Churchill Downs for this year's Kentucky Derby, topping the 164,858 announced last year. 

Bodemeister sprinted for the early lead and set a quick opening quarter. He took command of the field after an opening half mile in :45.39 with Trinniberg and Hansen on his heels. 

The odds favorite Bodemeister continued his lead going into the first mile in 1:35.19. Only four horses have run faster miles in the Kentucky Derby and it looked as if Bodemeister would go wire-to-wire for the win.

Going into the final turn, Hansen gave chase while I'll Have Another came into the lane four wide. Dullahan and Went the Day Well all closed in on Bodemeister, but it was I'll Have Another who wore down the leader to win the "Run for the Roses." 

I'll Have Another will now have an opportunity to try for wins at the Preakness and Belmont Stakes in hopes of becoming the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. Watch the Race» 

2012 Kentucky Oaks: History Made!

Sloppy conditions did not stop Believe You Can from capturing the 138th Kentucky Oaks! Ridden by Rosie Npravnik, Believe You Can was engaged in a duel with Broadway's Alibi. Pulling away in the final furlong, Believe You Can captured the $1 million Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks making Napravnik the first female jockey to win the Oaks in its history.

Broadway's Alibi finished second and morning/post line favorite Grace Hall finished third. 

Believe You Can is a three-year-old filly by Proud Citizen out of an El Prado (IRE) mare (El Fasto) trained by Larry Jones and owned by former Kentucky Governor Brereton Jones. Watch the Race»

How they Finished

Below is the final racing order of the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Oaks compared to my final projected contenders list:

2012 Kentucky Derby Results Final Contender Predictions 2012 Kentucky Oaks Results Final Contender Predictions
I'll Have Another Union Rags Believe You Can Grace Hall
Bodemeister Bodemeister Broadway's Alibi Believe You Can
Dullahan Gemologist Grace Hall On Fire Baby
Went the Day Well Dullahan Summer Applause Summer Applause
Creative Cause Creative Cause On Fire Baby  Eden's Moon
Liaison Hansen Hard Not to Like  Mamma Kimbo
Union Rags I'll Have Another Sacristy  Karlovy Vary
Rousing Sermon Daddy Nose Best Amie's Dini  Broadway's Alibi
Hansen Alpha And Why Not  Yara
Daddy Nose Best Take Charge Indy Jemima's Pearl  And Why Not


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