Always Dreaming has won the 143rd Kentucky Derby, pulling away from Lookin at Lee in the slop.

Race officials confirmed the win for Always Dreaming minutes after he crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs. The win gives trainer Todd Pletcher his second Derby win.

Battle of Midway finished third in the 20-horse field.

Always Dreaming covered the 1 1/4-mile track in 2:03.59.

Always Dreaming overtook early favorite Classic Empire as the betting choice on Saturday morning, briefly sharing that status with Irish War Cry before holding on entering the gate.

Starting from the No. 5 post position, the 9-2 favorite made his push on the backstretch into the lead by the far turn.

Always Dreaming began stretching it out from there to win by 2 3/4 lengths over long shot Lookin At Lee, with Battle of Midway five lengths back.

Always Dreaming paid $11.40, $7.20 and $5.80. Lookin At Lee returned $26.60 and $15.20, while Battle of Midway paid $20.80.

'Jersey in the house'

Richie Sambora
Musician Richie Sambora walks the Kentucky Derby red carpet, Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. (Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Longines)

The red carpet at the Kentucky Derby annually attracts a barrage of reality TV stars, athletes, media figures and other celebrities.

Bon Jovi guitarist and New Jersey native Richie Sambora shouted "Jersey in the house!" and Katie Couric went out of her way by walking into the crowds that stand behind a media row and snapping selfies with fans.

"Goodfellas" actor Paul Sorvino got the biggest applause this year as he serenaded the media crowd at Churchill Downs with a rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home" in his best operatic voice. He got a high-five from a fan and a kiss from his wife.

Athletes who walked the red carpet included former Red Sox star David Ortiz, golfer Justin Rose, Louisville coach Rick Pitino and former NFL quarterback Warren Moon.

elebrity chef Guy Fieri patiently stopped to pose for selfies with dozens of fans as he walked just 40 paces to the wagering windows in the Turf Club, Churchill Downs' exclusive club.

It was Fieri's eighth Kentucky Derby in a town he loves so much he opened a restaurant, Guy Fieri's Smokehouse, six months ago.

"Louisville is so much more than just the Derby, it's a great culture of people," he said. "The people are the best. I shot Triple-D down here, it's the best place in the world. It has such a good energy," said Fieri, referring to his Food Network show "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives."

He was interrupted again by a fan begging for a picture.

"You bet you can," he said, again and again, as people lined up to snap his photo.

Once he finally reached the window, he scrolled through this phone reading texts from a friend he called the "horse whisperer," who sent advice on the best bets.

He settled on a series of superfectas and a wager on a horse with long odds called Fast and Accurate before starting the slog back to his seat, interrupted two dozen times by picture-seekers.

He also snapped a photos with Julian Edelman, the Patriots wide receiver.

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