Orb splashed through the slop to win the 139th 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.
According to the Wall Street Journal, a $2 win bet on Orb paid 12.80. The live odds on the Kentucky Derby website reports that more than $4.7 million was wagered on Orb of the $36.6 million gambled on the race, making the horse a 5-1 favorite as betting closed.
“I’ve always dreamed of this day and it finally came,” 62-year-old McGaughey said after the race.
Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third.
Normandy Invasion faded to fourth.
Orb, the 5-1 favorite, ran the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.89
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