Always Dreaming–And This Time, It’s a Derby Dream

John Velazquez and Always Dreaming cruise in the Florida Derby. Coglianese photo

“That’s what you have to do every day, especially in this business,” said co-owner Anthony Bonomo not long after his Always Dreaming earned his first stakes victory and a trip to the Kentucky Derby with an open-lengths win in the Grade 1, $1 million Florida Derby. “The name that my wife picked, because that’s what you have to do every day.”

The Todd Pletcher-trained colt is owned by a host of partnerships: Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola Racing Stables, St. Elias Stables, MeB Racing Stable, Siena Farm, and West Point Thoroughbreds. But at the post-race press conference, the emphasis was on two Italian guys who grew up together in Brooklyn.

“This is magical,” said Bonomo, whose wife’s horses run in the name of MeB Racing Stable. “It’s a dream to have a horse like this and share it with friends.”

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