With the flying mud of the sloppy Churchill Downs track in the 139th Kentucky Derby, Orb brought on a furious late kick to finish in first.
There was a blistering early pace set to this race, and the top-three finishers all made late charges. Normandy Invasion was first to make his late push, and he charged into the lead, but he tired and finished fourth.
This year's surprise horse was Golden Soul, who rallied to finish second. Meanwhile, the highly touted Revolutionary came in third.
See for yourself in the video of 2013's version of "The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports":
As you can see, it became clear fairly early on the homestretch that Normandy Invasion was not going to be able to hold off the charging field, and of those coming on late, Orb clearly stood out.
With USA Today offering a more focused look at the finish line, we can see that Orb ended up with a fairly comfortable win:
Orb kept a comfortable pace and was simply looking for the right time to explode. He found that time, and this horse ran a nearly flawless race, which isn't all that surprising.
After having won his last four races, which included taking the Grade 1 Florida Derby his last time out, Orb entered the Derby atop the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Top Three-Year-Old Thoroughbred Poll.
What also makes this performance less-than-shocking is the fact that Joel Rosario had the mount. While this was Rosario's first Derby win, the jockey had been on an impressive hot streak coming into this grand race.
Meanwhile, this was really the feather in the cap for Orb's Hall of Fame trainer, Claude R. "Shug" McGaughey. This is one of the few title's to have eluded McGaughey in his career.
The enormity of this accomplishment can be felt in this quote by McGaughey provided by Mark Story of Kentucky.com:
Shug McGaughey after winning his first #KyDerby: 'I always dreamed of this day. It finally came true'— Mark Story (@markcstory) May 4, 2013
Orb, and his team, will now turn his attention to the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes. The 138th running of that race will take place on May 18.
It is safe to assume Orb will be a big favorite. This horse has shown he can sustain greatness, and he certainly doesn't have a problem with distance.
|2013 Kentucky Derby Results|
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Shug McGaughey||16||5-1||$12.80 (win)
|2||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado ||Dallas Stewart||4||34-1||$38.60 (place)
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher||3||6-1||$5.40 (place)|
|4||Normandy Invasion||Javier |
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||6||15-1|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas ||2||24-1|
|7||Lines of Battle||Ryan Moore||Aidan O'Brien ||11||31-1|
|8||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas ||17||36-1|
|9||Charming Kitten||Edgar Prado ||Todd Pletcher ||15||33-1|
|10||Giant Finish||Jose L. Espinoza ||Anthony W. Dutrow ||7||38-1|
|11||Overanalyze||Rafael Bejarano ||Todd Pletcher||9||16-1|
|12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||10||23-1|
|13||Java's War||Julien Leparoux ||Kenny McPeek ||19||21-1|
|14||Verrazano||John R. Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||14||8-1|
|15||Itsmyluckyday||Elvis Trujillo ||Eddie Plesa Jr. ||12||9-1|
|16||Frac Daddy||Victor Lebron||Kenny McPeek ||18||25-1|
|17||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O'Neill ||8||7-1|
|18||Vyjack||Garrett Gomez||Rudy Rodriguez ||20||18-1|
|19||Falling Sky||Luis Saez||John Terranova II||13||39-1|