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Many people thought John Velazquez would win the Kentucky Derby this year.
They just thought he would win the historic race aboard Uncle Mo and not Animal Kingdom.
Jockey Robby Albarado was originally scheduled to ride Animal Kingdom in the Derby, but owner Barry Irwin decided to turn to Velazquez after Albarado was injured on Wednesday when he was thrown from one of his mounts. He sat out Thursday and Friday, but made it known that he would be ready to ride on Saturday.
Still, Irwin and the rest of his partners decided to replace Albarado with Velazquez, a decision that in the end payed off.
Velazquez is one of the best jockeys in the country and did a masterful job leading Animal Kingdom to the winners circle. But it isn't every day that a jockey's main horse is scratched leaving him without a mount, only to find another mount late in the week and lead that horse to victory.
And for the record, Albarado isn't happy with the way everything unfolded.