5-to-1 favorite Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, stormed up from behind to definitively win this year’s race on a muddy track.
Here’s what our friend Visionaire had to say about the race:
On a very sloppy track, Orb came from behind to win the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. The son of Malibu Moon earned the first Derby win for trainer Shug McGaughey and breeders/owners Stuart Janney III and the Phipps Stable. Orb, ridden by red-hot jockey Joel Rosario, was sent to post as the co-favorite at 6-1, and looked every bit deserving as he charged down the stretch to win convincingly. Last-minute entry Golden Soul finished second, with Revolutionary and Calvin Borel finishing third.
A great win today for the traditionalists, and the result of five generations of Phipps family bloodlines. In an age of instant gratification and buying your way to the winners circle, it’s great to see some “old timers” enjoying the roses on the first Saturday in May. Shug McGaughey said all along that if the horse wasn’t ready he wouldn’t run– the Phipps and Janney do not believe in entering a horse “just to be there,” it had to be a legitimate winning contender. And Orb was just that. We say this every year after the Derby…could this horse be the one? Could this horse be the one to win the Triple Crown? It would be neat to see Orb do it and redeem the Hancock/Phipps decision back in 1970 on the coin flip that gave Secretariat and the 1973 Triple Crown to Penny Chenery and Meadow Stable. Happy 40th anniversary!
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude R. McGaughey III||16|
|2||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||4|
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher||3|
|4||Normandy Invasion||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||5|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||6|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||2|
|7||Lines of Battle||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||11|
|8||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas||17|
|9||Charming Kitten||Edgar Prado||Todd Pletcher||15|
|10||Giant Finish||Jose L. Espinoza||Anthony W. Dutrow||7|
|11||Overanalyze||Rafael Bejarano||Todd Pletcher||9|
|12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||10|
|13||Java’s War||Julien Leparoux||Kenny McPeek||19|
|14||Verrazano||John R. Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||14|
|15||Itsmyluckyday||Elvis Trujillo||Eddie Plesa, Jr.||12|
|16||Frac Daddy||Victor Lebron||Kenny McPeek||18|
|17||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O’Neill||8|
|18||Vyjack||Garrett Gomez||Rudy Rodriguez||20|
|19||Falling Sky||Luis Saez||John Terranova II||13|