The Rain Can't Stop Orb
Through wind, rain, and difficult track conditions, Orb emerged as the 2013 Kentucky Derby Champion!
Ridden by Joel Rosario and trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb hovered back at the gate but made his move around the final turn, winning by two lengths and giving Hall of Famer McGaughey his first-ever Derby winner.
A very fast early pace was seen at the start of the Derby. Behind in the final turn, Orb used a furious finish to race past Golden Soul and Revolutionary to
claim the win.
Orb was the 5-1 favorite to win this year’s Derby, but a muddy track left many experts guessing who would come out on top. In most horse races, muddy tracks tend to favor the long shots, as the contending horses usually became favorites by winning on fast courses. Wet conditions even the field and increase the likelihood of injuries and slips for top horses.
This was not the case for Orb!
Orb was in 17th place after ¾ of a mile after getting off to
a very slow start. Around the third turn, he improved to 15th place, but was not on anyone’s radar to win the race.
However, Rosario made his move around the final turn pushing Orb to fifth place as they entered the final stretch. Orb unleashed his pure speed down to the wire winning by almost a two full lengths.
Long shot Golden Soul finished in second place, while three-time Kentucky Derby champion Calvin Borel rode Revolutionary to third place.
Despite the bad weather on Derby Day, Churchill Downs reported an attendance of 151,616. NBC Sports' coverage of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby drew 16.2 million viewers, making it the second most-watched Kentucky Derby since 1989.
2013 Kentucky Derby Race Results
2013 Kentucky Oaks Race Results
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Enjoying the Derby Experience
Many of the Derby Experiences guests escaped the rain in many of our Hospitality Party Venues. On Derby Saturday, Magician Matthew Furman made appearances in our Affirmed, Citation, and Secretariat Lounges mesmerizing guests with a new book of tricks!
Guests also had the privilege of meeting Triple Crown Winner, Steve Cauthen, who made appearances in each of our hospitality venues. Cauthen, who rode Affirmed to the 1978 Triple Crown, treated our guests to autographs and photo opportunities throughout Derby Day.
Cauthen was also the recipient of a recognition plaque to honor the 35th Anniversary of his Triple Crown run. Our new Affirmed Lounge will be forever named in Cauthen and Affirmed’s honor!
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