All those hats, all those mint juleps and all that anticipation — now we know who won the “Run for the Roses,” the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Orb came from behind and won the top prize in the first race of the Triple Crown.
Orb finished the race in two minutes and two seconds. His trainer is hometown favorite Claude R. “Shug” McGaughey III of Lexington, Kentucky, who told NBC Sports in a post-race interview that the win means “everything to me. I always dreamed of this day and it finally came.”
Orb’s jockey Joel Rosario won the $10 million Dubai World Cup earlier this year. Rosario finished fourth in the 2010 Kentucky Derby aboard Make Music for Me, and this is his first Derby victory. Orb’s owners are first cousins Stuart Janney III and “Dinny” Phipps — also first time Derby victors.
While Palace Malice was in the lead for the most of the race, Orb came from behind to clinch the victory in the home stretch. Golden Soul took second. Orb was the odds-on favorite before the race began at 6-1 (early favorite Revolutionary also had the same odds and came in third).
The name Orb is a tribute to the horse’s sire, Malibu Moon — the orb is the circumference of the moon.
The 139th Kentucky Derby is held at the Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. After this we have the Preakness Stakes, run at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland on May 18. Then the final jewel in the crown is the Belmont Stakes, in Elmont, New York on June 8.