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Mage wins 149th Kentucky Derby amid controversy over horse deaths

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Mage, a 15-to-1 shot, won the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby by a length on Saturday.

The Kentucky Derby lost its early favorite when Forte was scratched and two more horses died, following a string of horse deaths earlier in the week at Churchill Downs, further blows to a sport already reeling from a series of doping suspensions and breakdowns.

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Mage #8, ridden by jockey Javier Castellano crosses the finish line to win the 149th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 06, 2023 in Louisville, Kentucky.

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“This is part of racing and it’s the cruel part,” Mike Repole, co-owner of Forte, said in an interview with FanDuel TV.

2023-05-06 17:33:00

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