LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic.
When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win.
Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.
Normandy Invasion faded to fourth.
Orb, the 5-1 favorite, ran the 1¼ miles in 2:02.89
It's the first Kentucky Derby victory for McGaughey and rising star jockey Joel Rosario.
"It means everything to me," McGaughey said immediately after the race. "I've already dreamed of this."
Orb was co-favorite and went off at 5-to-1. He paid $12.80 for a two-dollar bet.
Orb broke 15th at the start and Rosario avoided the mass rush to the first turn. He was near the back of the 19-horse field on the backstretch but was steadily passing horses. Orb passed Normandy Invasion at the top of the stretch and took the lead inside the eighth pole. His winning margin was two and a-half lengths.
Longshot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.