Animal Kingdom wins 137th Kentucky Derby (18 images)

Animal Kingdom, making his first start on a dirt track, swept around the leaders in the final furlong of the Churchill Downs stretch and won by 2 3/4 surprising lengths. The spotlight is now on Animal Kingdom as he prepares for the next leg of his quest to become the 12th horse to sweep the Run for the Roses, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.
Updated: May 9, 2011 at 7:50 AM
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John R. Valazquez riding Animal Kingdom breaks away from the field to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan
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Jockey John R. Velazquez, left, trainer H. Graham Motion, center, and owner Barry Irwin, right, celebrate Animal Kingdom's win in the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan
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Animal Kingdom, with John R. Velazquez up, cools down after winning the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. UPI/Frank Polich
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Race fans show off their Derby Hats before the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan
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Animal Kingdom, with John R. Velazquez (L) leads the pack toward the finish line to win the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby May 7, 2011 in Louisville, KY. (UPI Photo/Frank Polich)
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A race fan watches the 8th race before the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan
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John R. Valazquez riding Animal Kingdom celebrates winning the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 7, 2010. UPI /Mark Cowan
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