Jockey Rajiv Maragh thought he had Irish War Cry, the 5-1 second choice, in perfect position with a half mile to go in the Derby.
"I thought it was ideal," he said. "I thought he was running really well early, like I was hoping he would."
He was in position to move on the leader, Always Dreaming, but then the Maryland-based colt lost steam in a hurry.
"I don't know, he just didn't finish up today the way I thought he was going to," said Maragh, who was riding Irish War Cry for the second time.
He had as good a view as anyone of Always Dreaming's burst to victory.
"It looked like, coming into the turn, it was going to be a two-horse race between him and I," Maragh said. "But when Johnny [Velazquez] gave him his cue, he kind of found a big extra gear. He had showed a lot of talent, but ti was still really impressive for him to do what he did today."
Miss Temple City a scratch