Orb Wins Kentucky Derby

10:12 PM, May 4, 2013   |    comments
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LOUISVILLE (AP) - Orb has won the 139th Kentucky Derby with a perfect trip over a sloppy track at Churchill Downs. It's his fifth straight victory.

It's the first Kentucky Derby victory for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey  and rising star jockey Joel Rosario.

"I'm thrilled to death for (the owners), thrilled to death for the people who put so much time into this horse, and, of course, I'm thrilled to death for me," the 62-year-old McGaughey said after the race.

Orb was co-favorite and went off at 5-to-1. He paid $12.80 for a two-dollar bet. Longshot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.

Orb broke 15th at the start and Rosario avoided the mass rush to the first turn. He was near the back of the 19-horse field on the backstretch but began steadily passing horses. Orb passed Normandy Invasion at the top of the stretch and took the lead inside the eighth pole. His winning margin was two and a-half lengths.

Rosario said of his flawless ride: "I was so far behind and I just let him be calm and let him be relaxed and he was available to do it all."

Orb is almost certain to be favored as he chases the second leg of a Triple Crown in two weeks. On May 18, Orb will be at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes. That race lasts 1 3/16 miles, slightly shorter than the derby. There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.

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