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Fusaichi Pegasus
winner of the Kentucky Derby

Kentucky Derby Results

Dateline: 05/06/00

Fusaichi Pegasus lived up to his hype and became the first winning favorite since Spectacular Bid in 1979. As expected there was a lot of early speed with fractions of 22.47, 45.99, 1:09.99, 1:35.74 and a final time of 2:01.12. Of the early speed only More Than Ready hung around for a piece at the end, finishing fourth. Aptitude was second for trainer Bobby Frankel and Impeachment was third for trainer Todd Pletcher whose other starters were 4th, 11th, and 19th. The gorgeous weather brought out a crowd of 106,156, the second largest ever.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey            Win   Place  Show
12   Fusaichi Pegasus   Desormeaux       6.60    5.60  4.00
 5   Aptitude           Solis                    9.80  5.80
1C   Impeachment        Perret                         4.00

Winning Time:  2:01.12

$2 Exacta 12-5               60.00
$2 Trifecta 12-5-1          435.00
$1 Superfecta 12-5-1-9     1635.40
Results Chart

More 2000 Derby coverage:

Fusaichi Pegasus in the post parade.

First time past the stands with Hal's Hope and Trippi out front with More Than Ready and Graeme Hall just behind.

Fusaichi Pegasus in winning the Derby courtesy of Tina Hines. Also, here is a video clip of the stretch run in Real Video format taken by a fan in the stands.

The winner, Fusaichi Pegasus, on the turf course prior to going in the winner's circle.

Another view of Fusaichi Pegasus as they circled him before going to the winner's circle.

With the roses in the winner's circle.

The trophy presentation to owner Fusao Sekiguchi. When asked where Fusaichi Pegasus would go after he retires from racing, Mr. Sekiguchi said: "There's just one thing that I would like to mention. Fusaichi Pegasus is the treasure of the United States so I intend to keep him in the United States." which drew a large cheer from the crowd.

Fusaichi Pegasus headed back to the barn.

Second place finisher Aptitude returning after the race. His trainer Bobby Frankel said: "He ran great but he just got outrun. We're going to the Belmont but we're not going to the Preakness."

Third place finisher Impeachment after the race. His jockey Craig Perret said: "I am proud of him and the way he closed because not too many horses were closing ground today."

Fourth place finisher More Than Ready in the post parade. He was the only one of the early speedsters to pick up a check. His jockey John Velazquez said: "They just got me for third. I'm so proud of him. He ran his heart out."

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