The team behind GI Kentucky Derby winner Mage (Good Magic) was still savoring the colt’s Classic victory on a rainy Sunday morning in Louisville, while taking a wait-and-see approach about a potential start in the May 20 GI Preakness S.
“The horse is looking very good. I checked with the vet, and he’s fine,” trainer Gustavo Delgado, Sr. said. “Winning the Kentucky Derby is different than winning the Triple Crown and Simon Bolivar in Venezuela. It’s the same but different. It was a very happy experience to win the Kentucky Derby with my son and family here. When we go out there and work every day, every day, every day, it’s the best. Winning the Kentucky Derby was the goal. This is a good thing.”
Co-owner Ramiro Restrepo acknowledged how special the victory was for the entire team.
“For all of us, this was a lot of time dedication and sacrifice more than anything from these two boys [Delgado and assistant trainer/co-owner Gustavo Delgado Jr.],” Restrepo said. “This is a game that you lose way more than you win. It’s a labor of love. You’re just dream chasing. Today is very special for all of us. This is the top of the mountain in this sport for so many. Everyone knows the Kentucky Derby around the world. It’s arguably, if not the, top race in the world. We had that dream come true. For one brief second, we can exhale, and look up, and enjoy this moment.”
Mage is likely to remain at Churchill Downs for several days and could return to the track as soon as Tuesday.