Orb Wins Kentucky Derby

Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey gets first derby win

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted May 4, 2013 5:50 PM CDT

(Newser) – Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby today, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic. When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first derby win.

Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third. Normandy Invasion faded to fourth. Orb, the 5-1 favorite, ran the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.89. Rosie Napravnik was bidding to make history as the first woman jockey to win the world's biggest horse race. She finished fifth aboard Mylute, the highest finish ever by a female rider.

Joel Rosario rides Orb during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday.   (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
Joel Rosario celebrates after riding Orb to victory at the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Joel Rosario rides Orb to victory.   (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Joel Rosario rides Orb to the win.   (AP Photo/J. David Ake)
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