Kentucky Derby 2011: Animal Kingdom Wins 137th Running Of The Roses

Animal Kingdom, who entered with 20-to-1 odds, is our 2011 Kentucky Derby champion. So, how'd you do? We have the full results and payout information here.

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Watch The 2011 Kentucky Derby: Full Video Of The 137th Run For The Roses

In case you weren't able to watch the 137th Kentucky Derby live, don't worry. Video of the race in its entirety has already been uploaded to YouTube. Enjoy:

It was every bit as thrilling as we'd expect from a Kentucky Derby race. Shackleford stayed in front throughout much of the race, but that often bodes poorly for a horse. As Shackleford faded, Nehro and Mucho Macho Man charged. The real lightning, though, came courtesy of Animal Kingdom, who seemed to find another gear after the final turn to edge out the win. Well! That was fun.

For more on the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Kentucky Derby Results: Animal Kingdom Wins, Nehro Places, Mucho Macho Man Shows

The unofficial results from the 2011 Kentucky Derby have Animal Kingdom as the winner. Nehro finished second, and Mucho Macho Man finished third.

Animal Kingdom faced long odds, which, of course, means a big payout. The horse's morning line was set at 30-to-1.

Nehro entered with a morning line of 6-to-1. Here is what our horse racing expert, Matt Gardner, had to say about this horse prior to the race.

Nehro is a nicely developing son of Mineshaft that should relish the mile and a half distance, the long Churchill stretch drive, and a fast early pace.  He's a legit contender.

The show horse, Mucho Macho Man, seemed be the subject of a lot of bets on the merits of his name alone, if the NBC broadcast is any meaningful indicator. Here is what Gardner had to say about this horse, who had a morning line of 12-to-1.

His works at Churchill have been strong over the past two weeks and he's drawn in the perfect spot for a colt that wants to stalk the early speed.  He seems like a good bet to at least be in the trifecta and he looms as a serious win candidate.

For more on the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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Animal Kingdom Wins 2011 Kentucky Derby

Animal Kingdom is the winner of the 137th Kentucky Derby. The horse, ridden by jockey John Velasquez, made a furious charge after the final turn to bypass Nehro, the place horse, and Mucho Macho Man, the show horse. Here is what our horse racing expert, Matt Gardner, had to say about Animal Kingdom.

See if you've read this before: Animal Kingdom is a colt that has run his best races on synthetic surfaces and has never raced on a dirt surface.  Of the turf horses entered in the Derby, I think Animal Kingdom might have a shot to run decently, even if I don't like him for the win. 

If you bet on Animal Kingdom, congratulations.

For more on the Derby, check out SB Nation's 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.

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2011 Kentucky Derby Post Positions: Full Starting Order For Saturday's Race

You can view the latest Derby odds here

With 20 horses in the 2011 Kentucky Derby field, post position is vital. As Andy Hutchins discussed earlier, an outside draw forces a horse to navigate through traffic while an inside draw reduces the chances of a clean start, with the rail on the inside and the rest of the field bearing down from the outside. In that regard, a draw in the middle of the starting gate is vital, especially for the favorites.

The draw is done by way of lottery. It is a luck of the draw deal for the 20 horses in the field. This isn't picking teams or bidding on starting positions; It's simply hoping to see your number pulled in a position near the middle.

Dialed In, the current favorite at 3/1, received an excellent draw with the No. 8 post position. Uncle Mo, currently at 4/1 and second in the odds, received a horrendous draw and will start out of the No. 18 spot. Nehro, holder of the third-best odds, also received a rough draw and will start in the No. 19 post position. Soldat is also out-wide at No. 17.

Edit: Matt Gardner, from And Down The Stretch They Come, added an excellent quick piece of analysis on the post draw:

Soldat is actually in a good spot. Early speed wants to be outside of the other speed. If you’ve got a colt that wants to be up front early, drawing wide is okay.

Archarcharch has a tough task…the rail is unkind to most and he’s going to have to deal with being boxed in during most of the race. He drew worst of all.

Decisive Moment is also kind of in a bad spot. he’s a speed horse drawn inside most of the other speed. He’ll need to gun it to get clear early, using up valuable energy in the process.

Because of the draw, Dialed In should be the prohibitive morning favorite, with Uncle Mo, Nehro and Soldat all taking a hit due their starting positions.

Here are the Kentucky Derby post draw results, as announced on Wednesday evening.

No. 1: Archarcharch
No. 2: Brilliant Speed
No. 3: Twice The Appeal
No. 4: Stay Thirsty
No. 5: Decisive Moment
No. 6: Comma To The Top
No. 7: Pants On Fire
No. 8: Dialed In
No. 9: Derby Kitten
No. 10: Twinspired
No. 11: Master Of Hounds
No. 12: Santiva
No. 13: Mucho Macho Man
No. 14: Shackleford
No. 15: Midnight Interlude
No. 16: Animal Kingdom
No. 17: Soldat
No. 18: Uncle Mo
No. 19: Nehro
No. 20: Watch Me Go

The 2011 Kentucky Derby post time is at 6:24 p.m. (ET) on Saturday, May 7th and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare for it - current Derby odds, contender profiles, field updates and more. You can find all of that and more at our 2011 Kentucky Derby StoryStream. Also, our horse racing blog And Down The Stretch They Come has two must-read resources for Derby fans: A Beginner's Guide To Following Horse Racing and a glossary of horse racing terms.
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