LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs had a field of 19 horses, with Orb topping the field in just over two minutes.
He’s the newest contender for a Triple Crown in thoroughbred racing.
The Preakness follows in two weeks and the Belmont Stakes is June 8. The last horse to sweep all three races was Affirmed in 1978.
Black Onyx was scratched from the race on Friday.
NBC televised the 1¼-mile race from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. The purse is $2,199,800, with $1,439,800 to the winner.
Here’s a running account of the event and everything going on around it, with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of everything surrounding the race.
Orb is almost certain to be among the favorites as he chases the second leg of a Triple Crown in two weeks. On May 18, Orb will be at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore for the Preakness Stakes. The race lasts 1 3/16 miles.
Orb paid $12.80, $7.40 and $5.40. Golden Soul returned $38.60 and $19.40 while Revolutionary paid $5.40 to show.
QUICKQUOTE: SHUG McGAUGHEY
‘‘I'm thrilled to death for (the owners), thrilled to death for the people who put so much time into this horse, and, of course, I'm thrilled to death for me.’’ — Orb trainer Shug McGaughey, who said the victory meant everything to him.
‘‘Orb! Has come in with giants strides in the center of the track. It is Orb in front, down to the wire, Orb has won the Kentucky Derby!’’ — Larry Collmus, NBC’s play-by-play announcer, as the Kentucky Derby finished.
The sign makers at Churchill Downs were ready, no matter who won. Once the horses at the Kentucky Derby headed for the post parade and the starting gate, a tall ladder went up in front of the posted name of I'll Have Another, the 2012 winner.
Workers began taking down the name as soon as the race started. Once Orb crossed the finish line, the name of 2013 Orb quickly went up.
Orb joins Aristides, who won the first Kentucky Derby in 1875, on the awning of the paddock until a new winner crosses the finish line the first Saturday in May 2014.
— Brett Barrouquere — http://twitter.com/BBarrouquereAP
QUICKQUOTE: JOEL ROSARIO
‘‘I was so far behind and I just let him be calm and let him be relaxed and he was available to do it all.’’ — Orb jockey Joel Rosario after winning the Kentucky Derby.
The moments before the running of the Kentucky Derby included a 7-figure avalanche of betting on Orb, the winner. According to live odds on the Kentucky Derby website, more than $4.7 million was wagered on Orb of $36.6 million gambled on the race, making the horse a 5-1 favorite as betting closed.
Just minutes before, Orb pulled even with Revolutionary as a 6-1 favorite even though more than $4 million was bet on Revolutionary and around $3.5 million on Orb.
— Oskar Garcia — http://twitter.com/oskargarcia
Orb rewarded last-minute bettors with a win at the Kentucky Derby, with a time of 2:02.89.
HERE COMES ORB MONEY
Orb is surging among bettors and is now a 6-1 co-favorite in the race with Revolutionary moments before the horses load into the gate. With $33.7 million wagered, more money has come in on Revolutionary but Orb backers made a late move.
TIME TO GO
The bugle has called the horses to the post, and it’s almost time for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. The riders are trotting across the track, and soon they'll be ready to settle the race.
QUICKQUOTE: HAVE A CIGAR
‘‘I saw a lot of men doing it today and I thought I'll try one. ... It might be a once-a-year thing.’’ — Missy Reynnolds of Cincinnati, Ohio, as she puffed on a thick cigar in the paddock area with some friends. Women smoking cigars is a common sight at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby day.
— Dylan Lovan — http://twitter.com/dylanlovan
The AP’s Brett Barroquere is in the paddock, where some of the folks most anticipating the race are waiting.
There, sign makers are scrambling to replace the name sign in Frac Daddy’s stall after misspelling it ‘‘Farc Daddy.’’
Also, Vyjack is jumpy in the paddock stall, repeatedly kicking its back wall.
— Brett Barrouquere — http://twitter.com/BbarrouquereAP
WOODFORD RESERVE TURF CLASSIC
Wise Dan, the Horse of the Year, overcame a boggy turf course to easily win the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.
Jose Lezcano was aboard as the 6-year-old extended his winning streak to six, a span that began when he switched from the main track to the turf last August at Saratoga. Wise Dan, the 3-5 favorite, beat Optimizer by 4 ¾ lengths with Middie third.Continued...