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Claiborne Farm celebrates Derby victory

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PARIS, Ky. (WKYT) - Claiborne Farm here in Bourbon County just looks like the kind of place where a Derby winning horse would be born. This year's winner, Orb, is the tenth Derby winner to be born and raised in the fields of Claiborne.

Orb was foaled among the rolling hills of Claiborne Farm in February 2010.

"It's 3,000 acres of the most beautiful horse land you'll see in the country, and just history. I couldn't think of a better place to raise a horse" said Claiborne Farm manager, Bradley Purcell.

That little foal didn't show any obvious signs of what was to come, a thrilling win in the Kentucky Derby.

"I think I was riding him as hard as the jockey was! I was calling and I was hoarse Saturday night and about all of Sunday," said Purcell.

Orb and his team have their eyes set on the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness. There may be a familiar face in the field, fellow Claiborne alum, Departing.

Orb and Departing were raised in the same field as yearlings, so they were pasturemates when they were here as yearling colts," said Purcell.

Claiborne Farm was also home to Triple Crown-winner Secretariat. His jockey, Ron Turcotte, made a bold prediction for Orb.

"I've loved Orb from the time I saw him run in Florida. I think he'll keep improving and I really think he'll win the Triple Crown," said Turcotte.

Turcotte said he'd be in the stands for the final two legs of the Triple Crown hoping to cheer Orb on to victory.


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