For hours, attendees at Churchill Downs Racetrack in Louisville and viewers at home have been sipping mint juleps, sporting outrageous hats, and placing their bets on who will win. The Kentucky Derby is an all-day affair, but the race itself is always brief, to say the least (and by "brief," I mean two minutes).
After much anticipation and hours of live coverage, actor Jeff Bridges kicked off the Kentucky Derby horse race. And the winner is ... Always Dreaming! The meaning behind each horse's name always has an interesting backstory — so what does Always Dreaming's name mean?
According to the colt's owner, Anthony Bonomo, the name was chosen by his wife, Maryellen.
The magic paid off on May 6, when jockey John Velazquez road Always Dreaming to victory. Leading up to the race, he was a favorite with 5-1 odds.
Bonomo, a Brooklyn-based malpractice lawyer, never thought he'd own a horse — let alone one who would go on to win the Kentucky Derby.
That all changed in 2005 when Maryellen took him to Saratoga Springs, the horse racing capitol of the east coast. He fell in love with the town and the sport. So, it's fitting that she's the one who chose Always Dreaming's name. Bonomo says:
Horse racing is truly a family affair for the Bonomos — their children are also involved in the sport, and one is a veterinarian.
Congratulations, Always Dreaming! He certainly lived up to his name today.