Mage and Castellano Triumph in Shocking Kentucky Derby Upset at Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs, Kentucky Derby, Mage, Javier Castellano, Two Phil's.
Churchill Downs is the historic racetrack in Louisville, Kentucky where the Kentucky Derby, the most prestigious horse race in America, is held annually on the first Saturday in May. This year's edition of the race was won by Mage, ridden by veteran jockey Javier Castellano.
Mage was not one of the favorites going into the race, but Castellano had faith in his mount and positioned him well throughout the race. As the field turned for home, Mage began to make his move, gradually picking off horses one by one until he was in contention for the win.
As they entered the final furlong, Two Phil's made a strong bid for the lead, but Mage surged ahead and held off the challenge to win by a length. The final time for the 1 1/4 mile race was 2:01.
Castellano, a Hall of Fame jockey with over 5,000 career wins, had previously won the Kentucky Derby in 2017 aboard Always Dreaming. He praised Mage's performance and said he was honored to win the race again.
The Kentucky Derby is known for its traditions, including the singing of "My Old Kentucky Home" before the race, the mint juleps served to spectators, and the extravagant hats worn by the women in attendance. The race dates back to 1875 and has been run continuously at Churchill Downs since then, with the exception of a few years during World War II.
Mage's victory in this year's Kentucky Derby is sure to go down in history as one of the great upsets in the race's long and storied history. It is a testament to the skill of both horse and rider and a reminder that anything can happen on the track.
As the crowds filed out of Churchill Downs on that sunny Saturday afternoon, they were already looking forward to next year's Kentucky Derby, eager to see who would come out on top in the "Run for the Roses".