Orb, trained by Hall of Famer Shug McGaughey, rallied from well back of the field to win the $2 million Grade 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Palace Malice set an unexpected pace after adding blinkers and blazed the first six furlongs in 22.58, 45.33 and 1:09.80, setting things up perfectly for the off-the-pace runners. Normandy Invasion took control of the race at the top of the pace but Orb, a horse that trained beautifully all week long at Churchill Downs and is impeccably bred by the Janney/Phipps Stable, would not be denied.
Revolutionary went to post as the 5/1 favorite, down from his morning line odds of 10/1. He finished third.
Steady rain during the day left the Churchill Downs main track rated "Sloppy" for much of the Derby undercard. The rain let up a bit in the hour before the start of the feature race on the card but the track was still quite wet.
Orb is a three-year-old colt by Malibu Moon out of a Unbridled mare (Lady Liberty), trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by the hottest jockey in America, Joel Rosario.
Attendance at Churchill Downs for the Derby was 151,619, the ninth-largest crowd in the 139-year history of the "Greatest Two Minutes in Sports".
Below are the payouts for the 2013 Kentucky Derby:
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