The 2013 Kentucky Derby was a thrilling mudder of a race that was won by Orb, and the payout list is now in the books.
The Kentucky Derby on Twitter made the announcement:
The track was a sloppy mess, but that didn't stop Orb from making a huge statement on one of horse racing's grandest stages.
Orb pulled away down the home stretch after hanging toward the back of the pack throughout most of the race. His final kick was jaw-dropping, and by the time Orb finished the race he and jockey Joel Rosario had a comfortable lead of a few lengths.
With a purse of $2.18 million, this race means big money for the owners of the top horses. Owners Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable earned a cool $1.41 million for Orb's two minutes of excellence.
Here is a list of the payouts for every horse that earned a portion of the purse, per KentuckyDerby.com:
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable||$1,414,800|
|2||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Charles F. Fipke||$400,000|
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||WinStar Farm LLC||$200,000|
|4||Normandy Invasion||Javier Castellano||Fox Hills Farm (Rick Porter)||$100,000|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||GoldMark Farm LLC & Whisper Hills Farm||$60,000|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||Calumet Farm||$0|
|7||Lines of Battle||Ryan Moore||Joseph Allen, Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith||$0|
|8||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||Willis D. Horton||$0|
|9||Charming Kitten||Edgar Prado||Ken & Sarah Ramsey||$0|
|10||Giant Finish||Jose L. Espinoza||Sunrise Stables (Andy Cohen), Gary Tolchin, Aubrey Flanagan & Bob Smith||$0|
|11||Overanalyze||Rafael Bejarano||Repole Stables||$0|
|12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Dogwood Stable (Cot Campbell)||$0|
|13||Java's War||Julien Leparoux||Charles F. Fipke||$0|
|14||Verrazano||John R. Velazquez||Let's Go Stable (Kevin Scatuorchio & Bryan Sullivan), Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor & Derrick Smith||$0|
|15||Itsmyluckyday||Elvis Trujillo||Trilogy Stable & Laura Plesa||$0|
|16||Frac Daddy||Victor Lebron||Magic City Thoroughbred Partners||$0|
|17||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||W.C. Racing, Dave Kenney & RAP Racing||$0|
|18||Vyjack||Garrett Gomez||Pick Six Racing (David Wilkenfeld)||$0|
|19||Falling Sky||Luis Saez||Newtown Anner Stud, James Covello & Joseph Bugler||$0|
Orb will now surely be considered the heavy favorite to win the Preakness Stakes in a few weeks time. The way this horse was able to dominate the field down the home stretch was a revelation, and his owners must be quite proud at this time.
It's been 35 years since a horse has won America's Triple Crown, but Orb looks to have what it takes to accomplish the lofty goal.
Trainer Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey III was justifiably thrilled by the way his horse finished the race, per the Kentucky Derby on Twitter:
"I had a perfect trip. He was very calm & relaxed." - Rosario #KyDerby— MollyJoRosen (@MollyJoRosen) May 4, 2013
Orb's demonstrative victory over a loaded field that included undefeated Verrazano, hard-charging Revolutionary and a high volume of elite competition proved that he is ready to take on the challenge of winning a Triple Crown.
Enduring speed down the home stretch of a long race is one of the chief characteristics of championship horses, and Orb has it. Perhaps nobody should be surprised, given the horse's elite bloodlines.
Jennie Rees of the courier-journal.com documented Orb's pedigree before the race:
Orb directly traces to a mare, Claiborne-bred Bold Irish...that direct line produced one of American racing’s most legendary horses—the brilliant and unbeaten filly Ruffian, who suffered fatal injuries in the 1975 match race with Kentucky Derby winner Foolish Pleasure.
Will Orb win at the Preakness Stakes?
Orb's stock is surging, and another win at the Preakness Stakes will have racing enthusiasts on the edge of their seats for the final leg of the Triple Crown—the brutal Belmont Stakes.
For now, however, Orb will rest up while his owners, trainer and jockey celebrate a phenomenal victory at the 139th annual Kentucky Derby.
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