Besides the pride that goes with winning the Kentucky Derby, there is a nice chunk of change that goes to the winners.
With a purse worth $2 million, this is the biggest payday of the year for virtually every competitor. It obviously makes the cost of the horse, plus the training and everything else involved, worth the price to take home one big payday.
Then again, there are no participation trophies in this one. Only the top five come home with any money, putting plenty of pressure on the 19-horse field.
Orb and its team leaves with the biggest prize after winning the Run for the Roses. Golden Soul finished in second place, with Revolutionary ending up in third.
Here is a look at the full standings with complete earnings for the top competitors at Churchill Downs.
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude R. McGaughey III||16||$1,439,800|
|2||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||4||$400,000|
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher||3||$200,000|
|4||Normandy Invasion||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||5||$100,000|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||6||$60,000|
|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||-|
Of course, those involved in the race itself are not the only ones able to earn money. The Kentucky Derby is usually one of the biggest betting events of the year, with many people looking to earn a quick buck by gambling on the contenders.
Orb came in as the favorite after a lot of shifting in the odds throughout the morning, with Revolutionary not too far behind. Golden Soul was much more of a long shot, and therefore brings a bigger payout to those who looked for a bigger risk.
Here is a look at the complete payouts for the top three runners.
Exacta ($2 bet): 16-4: $981.60
Trifecta: 16-4-3: $3,462.80
Superfecta: 16-4-3-5: $28,542.00
Orb was able to overcome a lot to reach the winner's circle. It not only had a tough post on the outside, but it had to run hard in wet conditions after not competing in a muddy track to this point in its career.
Still, talented jockey Joel Rosario was able to lead his horse wide around the final turn with enough energy to make a late push toward the finish line. By the end of the final stretch, there was no doubt as to which horse was the best.
With the Preakness Stakes just two weeks away on May 18, fans will hope to see the thoroughbred win once again to possibly see the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.
Only time will tell if the talented horse has the ability to capture this elusive accomplishment.