Barbaro Runs Away with Kentucky Derby

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Undefeated Kentucky Derby starters that have won the race during its 132 years:

 

2006 - Barbaro

2004 - Smarty Jones

1977 - Seattle Slew

1969 - Majestic Prince

1922 - Morvich

1915 - Regret

Barbaro, ridden by Edgar Prado, races across the finish line to win the 132nd Kentucky Derby. i i

hide captionBarbaro, ridden by Edgar Prado, races across the finish line to win the 132nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

Barbaro, ridden by Edgar Prado, races across the finish line to win the 132nd Kentucky Derby.

Barbaro, ridden by Edgar Prado, races across the finish line to win the 132nd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Undefeated Barbaro stormed into the lead at the top of the stretch Saturday and won the Kentucky Derby convincingly for a trainer hailed as a hero 17 years ago.

Michael Matz led three children to safety after United flight 232 from Denver to Chicago crashed into an Iowa cornfield.

Now, nearly two decades later, the two brothers and their sister were in the grandstand at Churchill Downs cheering the strapping bay colt onto his sixth consecutive win.

Given a masterful ride by Edgar Prado, Barbaro delivered a smashing 6 1/2 length victory in beating a full field of 20 3-year-olds — considered one of the toughest in years.

With Sinister Minister and Keyed Entry setting the pace, Barbaro settled in right behind and made his move around the far turn, just as he had in winning his first five races.

The Florida Derby winner, making his first start in five weeks, had plenty left in the tank to hold off Bluegrass Cat.

Steppenwolfer was third, and there was a dead heat for fourth between Brother Derek and Jazil.

Barbaro becomes the sixth undefeated winner, following Smarty Jones in 2004.

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