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Mage wins the 2023 Kentucky Derby

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Hello and welcome back to the Kentucky Derby! It was an exhilarating race today at Churchill Downs, with a field of top-class horses competing for the coveted garland of roses. But there can only be one winner, and today that honor went to Mage, who charged down the final stretch to claim victory in the 149th Kentucky Derby!

The win is a first for trainer Gustavo Delgado and jockey Javier Castellano, who are both from Venezuela. Mage was a 15-1 long shot, but showed incredible stamina and determination to hold off the competition and cross the finish line first. The horse paid $32.42 to win, making for a profitable day for those who bet on him.

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However, the victory was bittersweet given the tragedy that has occurred in the lead up to the race. Seven horses have died at Churchill Downs over the past 10 days, casting a shadow over the sport of horse racing and raising questions about animal welfare in the industry. Two more horses tragically lost their lives in the hours before the race, bringing the total number of deaths to seven. While horse racing is a beloved tradition in America, it is important that we prioritize the safety and well-being of these beautiful animals above all else.

Despite the somber backdrop, Mage’s win is certainly something to celebrate. The horse ran an incredible race, showcasing the athleticism and spirit that make horse racing such a beloved sport. We can only hope that this victory will serve as a beacon of hope and inspiration for the industry, encouraging all those involved to prioritize the safety and care of these majestic animals. Congratulations to Mage, Gustavo Delgado, and Javier Castellano on a truly unforgettable performance!

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