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A Big Day for Racing

Saturday was a big day for racing as humans came close to breaking the two-hour marathon barrier, and Always Dreaming delivered a win at Churchill Downs.

Two separate racing events over the weekend marked triumph for their participants.

First, Kenyan marathoner Eliud Kipchoge barely missed breaking two hours in the marathon early Saturday in Italy. In a carefully-planned event, Nike brought together three of the world’s best marathoners to make an effort at smashing the barrier.

While most commentators did not expect the runners to come anywhere close to the threshold, Kipchoge missed the mark by a mere 25 seconds, less than one second per mile.

In fact, Kipchoge was on pace to run under 2 hours until faltering late. His two competitors had fallen off the grueling pace earlier in the run.

Later Saturday, Kentucky Derby-favorite Always Dreaming delivered with a win at Churchill Downs, taking the first race of the Triple Crown series.

Always Dreaming did not let down the experts who made him the favorite, winning by 2 1/4 lengths over longshots Lookin at Lee and Battle of Midway. It was jockey John Velasquez’s second win in the Kentucky Derby.

Always Dreaming will continue onto the Preakness Stakes in its pursuit of the Triple Crown.