*The 2001 Kentucky Derby*
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Horses in 2001 Kentucky Derby
#1- AP Valentine -
Jockey- C. Nakatani
Trainer- Nick Zito
Owner- Memorial Stable & M. Tabor
Breeder- W.S. Kilroy (Kentucky)
Last Race- Blue Grass, 4/14/01 - 5th Place
Sire- A.P. Indy
Dam- Twenty Eight Carat
#2- Arctic Boy
Jockey- Calvin Borel
Trainer- Tony Richey
Owner- Royce Roberts
Breeder- Royce Roberts (Kentucky)
Last Race- Arkansas Derby, 4/14/01 - 11th Place
Sire- Maria's Mon
Dam- Al Nasr Star
#3- Balto Star*
Jockey- M. Guidry
Trainer- Todd Pletcher
Owner- Anstu Stables Inc.
Breeder- Anstu Stables Inc. (Kentucky)
Last Race- Arkansas Derby, 4/14/01 - 1st Place
Dam- Miss Livi
Jockey- Victor Espinoza
Trainer- Bob Baffert
Owner- Stonerside Stable
Breeder- Stonerside Stables Ltd. (Kentucky)
Last Race- Wood Memorial, 4/14/01 - 1st Place
Dam- Mari's Sheba
#5- Dollar Bill-
Jockey- Pat Day
Trainer- Dallas Stewart
Owner- Gary & Mary West Stable, Inc.
Breeder- Mr. & Mrs. Robert Courtney (Kentucky)
Last Race- Blue Grass, 4/14/01 - 3rd Place
Sire- Peaks and Valleys
Dam- Saratoga Dame
#6- Express Tour-
Jockey- D. Flores
Trainer- Saeed bin Suroor
Owner- Godolphin Stable
Breeder- Karen Silva (Florida)
Last Race- UAE Derby, 3/24/01 - 1st Place
Sire- Tour d'Or
Dam- Express Fashion
#7- Fifty Stars-
Jockey- D. Meche
Trainer- Steven Asmussen
Owner- James Cassels & Robert Zollars
Breeder- Carolyn Groves (Kentucky)
Last Race- Lone Star Derby, 4/7/01 - 2nd Place
Sire- Quiet American
Dam- My Bubbling Belle
#8- Invisible Ink-
Jockey- John Velazquez
Trainer- Todd Pletcher
Owner- Peachtree Stable
Breeder- Viking Farms Ltd. & Ashford Stud (Kentucky)
Last Race- Blue Grass, 4/14/01 - 4th Place
Sire- Thunder Gulch
#9- Jamaican Rum-
Jockey- E. Delahoussaye
Trainer- James Cassidy
Owner- Southern Nevada Racing Stable
Breeder- Southern Nevada Racing Stable (California)
Last Race- Arkansas Derby, 4/14/01 - 2nd Place
Sire- Exemplary Leader
Dam- Little Ricky S.
Jockey- Larry Melancon
Trainer- Niall O'Callaghan
Owner- Henry E. Pabst
Breeder- Group One & J. Mamakos (Kentucky)
Last Race- Coolmore Lexington, 4/21/01 - 1st Place
Dam- Alaska Queen
#11- Millennium Wind-
Jockey- L. Pincay Jr.
Trainer- David Hofmans
Owner- Dave & Jill Heerensperger
Breeder- Parrish Hill Farm (Kentucky)
Last Race- Blue Grass, 4/14/01 - 1st Place
Dam- Bali Babe
Jockey- Jorge Chavez
Trainer John Ward Jr.
Owner- John Oxley
Breeder- J.D. Squires (Kentucky)
Last Race- Wood Memorial, 4/14/01 - 2nd Place
Sire- Maria's Mon
Dam- Regal Band
#13- Point Given-
Jockey- Gary Stevens
Trainer- Bob Baffert
Owner- The Thoroughbred Corporation
Breeder- The Thoroughbred Corporation (Kentucky)
Last Race- Santa Anita Derby, 4/7/01 - 1st Place
Sire- Thunder Gulch
Dam- Turko's Turn
#14- Songandaprayer (Song and a prayer)-
Jockey- Aaron Gryder
Trainer- John Dowd
Owner- Devil Eleven Stable
Breeder- Donna Wormser (Kentucky)
Last Race Blue Grass, 4/14/01 - 2nd Place
Sire- Unbridled's Song
Jockey- Alex Solis
Trainer- Simon Bray
Owner- Allen E. Paulson Living Trust
Breeder- Allen E. Paulson (Kentucky)
Last Race- California Derby, 4/14/01 - 4th Place
Sire- Theatrical (Ireland)
#15- Talk is Money-
Jockey- Jerry Bailey
Trainer- John Scanlan
Owner- Daniel M. Borislow
Breeder- Dr. George S. Stefanis & Linda Phillips (Kentucky)
Last Race- Tesio Stakes, 4/21/01 - 2nd Place
Sire- Deputy Minister
Dam- Isle Go West
#17- Thunder Blitz-
Jockey- Edgar Prado
Trainer- Joseph Orseno
Owner- Stronach Stables
Breeder- Adena Springs (Kentucky)
Last Race- Flamingo, 4/7/01 - 1st Place
Sire- Holy Bull
Kentucky Derby Photos
Point Given throws his excersize rider Pepe Aragon.
: Love At Noon, right, with Gary Stevens aboard, leads the field down the backstretch during the first race of the day. Love At Noon won the race.
Monarchos, with Jorge Chavez up, drives to the finish to win the 127th running of the Kentucky Derby. Congaree (8) with Victor Espinoza up, finished third.
Monarchos, with Jorge Chavez up, crosses the finish line to win the 127th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Monarchos, center, with Jorge Chavez up, drives to the finish to win the 127th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The starting field heads into the first turn during the 127th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.
Jockey Jorge Chavez smiles aboard Monarchos as he is draped with the blanket of roses after winning the 127th running of the Kentucky Derby.
Jorge Chavez, riding Monarchos, pulls up after crossing the finish line to win the 127th Kentucky Derby.
Kentucky Derby 2001 Results!!
1st place- Monarchos
2nd place- Invisible Ink
3rd place- Congaree
4th place- Thunder Blitz
5th place- Point Given
6th place- Jamaican Rum
7th place- AP Valentine
8th place- Express Tour
9th place- Fifty Stars
10th place- Startac
11th place- Millennium Wind
12th place- Arctic Boy
13th place- Songandaprayer
14th place- Balto Star*
15th place- Dollar Bill
16th place- Keats
17th place- Talk is Money
Monarcho Wins The Kentucky Derby
Monarchos doesn't look a bit like the great Secretariat, but he sure ran like Big Red in Saturday's Kentucky Derby.
In fact, only Secretariat has run the testing 1 1/4 miles of America's most famous horse race faster than the gray Monarchos.
He carried Jorge Chavez across the finish line in 1:59 4-5, only two-fifths of a second off the track record set by Secretariat in route to the Triple Crown in 1973.
Monarchos will try to follow that road on May 19 when he runs in the Preakness at Pimlico.
``Today I had more horse than I did at the Florida Derby,'' Chavez said.
After Monarchos won that race March 10 at Gulfstream Park, Chavez said: ``He has everything he needs to win the Kentucky Derby. I've never been on this kind of horse.''
The only other jockey who had was Ron Turcotte, who rode Secretariat.
While Monarchos was earning the roars and plaudits of a crowd of 154,210, second largest ever to watch a Derby, trainer Bob Baffert's favored Point Given was struggling home fifth in a field of 17 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs. Congaree, Baffert's other Derby hope, was third behind Invisible Ink.
``I was hoping to run 1-2,'' said Baffert, looking for his third Derby win in five years. ``It's tough and disappointing.''
Monarchos won by a dominating 4 3/4 lengths. But Chavez, trainer John Ward and owner John Oxley had to sweat out a foul claim by John Velazquez, who was aboard Invisible Ink. Velazquez claimed Monarchos interfered with him just past the quarter pole.
``We interviewed both riders and did a critical review of the videos ... for any foul,'' chief steward Bernard Hettel said. ``We could find no evidence of interference and we made the race official.''
No winner of any Derby, Preakness or Belmont Stakes has ever been disqualified for a race infraction. Dancer's Image was disqualified after finishing first in the 1968 Derby when he tested positive for butazolidin, which is now legal in Kentucky.
``I certainly want to win the Kentucky Derby,'' Todd Pletcher, who trains Invisible Ink, said. ``But that would be a bittersweet way to do it.''
Ward, a third-generation horseman from nearby Lexington, is proud to call himself ``a hardboot.''
``I just try to train the old-fashioned way,'' said the 55-year-old Ward, who shares training duties with his wife, Donna. ``And I have to say this is one for tradition.''
Monarchos, named for the Byzantine era Greek ruler Georgios Monarchos, was bumped by Point Given at the start before finding himself on the outside, ahead of just four horses on the first turn. On the far turn, he began moving past tired horses to position himself for his winning drive.
``He isn't that fast on the first turn, but once he hits his stride he explodes,'' said Ward, who won his first Derby in his second try.
It also was the first Derby victory in the second try for Oxley and the first win in five Derbys for the 39-year-old Chavez, a native of Peru.
After Songandaprayer led the field through the fastest first half-mile in Derby history (44 4-5 seconds), Chavez stayed cool.
``He dropped inside and I just whipped him and he started rolling,'' the jockey said, referring to Monarchos' run down the backside. ``I didn't ask for a lot, just a little.''
Chavez guided Monarchos to the outside on the final turn and the gray started passing horses as he moved into contention at the quarter-pole.
``I touched nobody,'' Chavez said of the foul claim. ``I was clear. My horse was exploding. I didn't even see Invisible Ink.''
Like any owner of a Kentucky Derby winner, the 64-year-old Oxley was exultant.
``It's the fulfillment of a lifetime dream, actually several lifetimes,'' said Oxley, who owns a horse farm near Midway, Ky., and a Tulsa, Okla.-based oil and gas exploration company. ``Nothing in any life experience is like winning the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.''
Oxley said he first listened to the Derby on the radio as a 9-year-old in 1946 when Calumet Farms' Assault won.
``It did something, and thereafter I followed the Derby,'' he said.
Monarchos went into the Derby as a 10-1 shot off a second-place finish to Congaree in the Wood Memorial. That performance did not bother Ward at all.
Instead, the trainer said it was the perfect prep to get a horse ready for the Derby.
The victory was the fourth in five starts as a 3-year-old for Monarchos, who paid $23, $11.80 and $8.80 and earned $812,000 from a purse of $1,112,000. That boosted his career earning to $1,605,630 on a record of four wins, a second and a third in seven starts.
He was winless in two starts last year.
Invisible Ink, looking for his first stakes victory, paid $46.60 and $21.20. Congaree returned $7.20 after he finished four lengths in front of Thunder Blitz.
Point Given was 2 3/4 lengths behind Thunder Blitz and was followed by Jamaican Rum, A P Valentine, Express Tour, Fifty Stars, Startac, Millennium Wind, Arctic Boy, Songandaprayer, Balto Star, Dollar Bill and Keats. Talk Is Money did not finish.
The finishes of Point Given, the Santa Anita Derby winner, and Congaree had to be bitter disappointments for Baffert.
``Maybe he needed to be farther back. ... Maybe it was the heat. I don't know,'' Baffert said of Point Given. ``He just didn't fire his best shot. We didn't see the real Point Given. The horse I know did not show up.''
Point Given reared-up four times after an early morning pre-Derby gallop, but at the time, Baffert said he didn't think it would affect his race performance.
He added that jockey Gary Stevens said the horse ``wasn't handling the surface the way he normally does.''
It also was a bad day for 54-year-old Laffit Pincay Jr., who rode Millennium Wind in a bid for his second Derby victory. It was the 20th Derby and first since 1994 for the winningest jockey in history.
It was too long ago to be considered an omen, but when Oxley went to his first Derby in 1954, the race was won by Determine, who just happened to be a gray colt.
On Saturday morning, Oxley asked his wife: ``Do you think another gray will win?''
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