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2012 Kentucky Derby Undercard Results

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Hungry Island in the winner's circle
Hungry Island in the winner's circle after the 2012 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Hungry Island heads to the winner's circle after the 2012 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
Her jockey John Velazquez said, "Perfect trip. Everything worked out great. I asked her and she responded. She had a quick spurt when I had her out in the stretch and that was really nice. I'm happy to be back here at the Derby. Last year was such a whirlwind. I had a mount, I didn't have a mount. Then I wound up winning. It was an incredible whirlwind of emotions. It's almost surreal but I'm happy to be back." Trainer Shug McGaughey added, "She's run behind a fast pace, slow pace, she's just a really nice filly. She's got a little short kick and the race at Keeneland set her up for this one. I will enjoy stretching her out when the time comes. I'll see how she comes out of it. I won't be stretching her out there but maybe the Just a Game on Belmont Day."

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