Always Dreaming, Brooklyn Natives Claim Kentucky Derby


Vincent Viola, Anthony Bonomo and their star colt are headed to the Preakness. Saluti!

This article, written by Caroll Alvarado, appears on The New York Post.

Always Dreaming Makes Brooklyn Boys’ Derby Dreams Come True

Brooklyn natives Vincent Viola and Anthony Bonomo were brimming with borough bravado Saturday after their New York-based colt Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby.

“Everybody back in Brooklyn, this one’s for you!” said a jubilant Viola, who with Bonomo own Always Dreaming and Brooklyn Boyz stables. “On to the Preakness!”

Bonomo couldn’t believe he was in his sport’s ultimate winner’s circle.

“I still feel like I’m dreaming,” he told The Post. “It’s unbelievable, I feel ecstatic.”

Immediately after the win, an overjoyed Bonomo was on national TV apologizing to his grandniece for missing her communion on Long Island.

All was more than forgiven.

“Yes! Unbelievable, this is amazing!” the owner’s brother Carl Bonomo, 65, told The Post from The Glen Cove Mansion on Long Island, where 8-year-old Shyla was holding her communion party.

“One hundred and twenty people are going nuts. They are still cheering!”

Horse racing fans across greater New York held their breath as Always Dreaming, under the masterful guidance of jockey John Velazquez, held off a strong challenge from Look At Lee to win the 143rd Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

“I’m so happy for Vinny Viola who is really one of the most important people in our country,” said his friend Susan Ziegler who joined a handful of other pals at Bamonte’s Italian restaurant in Williamsburg to watch The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.

The West Point grad Viola, who owns the Florida Panthers, was once eekesident Trump’s frontrunner to be Army secretary but took himself out of consideration.

“He couldn’t do it because of conflict of interests but now he got to do this!” Ziegler said. “I’m so grateful. I knew he was going to win since this morning.”

Now Always Dreaming will have a fast turnaround to chase history, as he’s now set to run in the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore on May 20. Read more at The New York Post.

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