Robby Albarado's nose is a bit out of joint over losing the ride on Animal Kingdom:
2011 Kentucky Derby: Animal Kingdom rallies to win 137th Kentucky Derby – ESPN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — John Velazquez won the Kentucky Derby by a broken nose.
An injury to Animal Kingdom’s regular rider, Robby Albarado, cleared the way for Velazquez to pick up the mount on the 20-1 long shot. Once he took the reins Saturday, he rode his good luck all the way to the winner’s circle.
“For once, I’m on the good end of it,” Velazquez said. “All of a sudden I pick up this one and he wins the Derby, so it was meant to be.”
“I’m not happy. Barry Irwin decided he didn’t think I was fit to ride; he didn’t know my status or situation.” — Jockey Robby Albarado, who was Animal Kingdom’s rider until he was bumped following a broken nose
Animal Kingdom, who had never raced on dirt before, reacted to his new rider the way a champion should, charging down the middle of the stretch to win by 2¾-lengths in front of a crowd of 164,858, the largest in Derby history.