Verrazano and Falling Sky were the early leaders, but were quickly swallowed up by the pack. Palace Malice led from the first quarter pole through the entire backstretch, setting the fourth-fastest pace in Derby history. But Palace Malice's multiple-length lead couldn't hold, and several horses passed on the outside line.
Jockey Joel Rosario kept Orb hidden deep in the pack for much of the race, at one point as far back as 15th. But coming around the final turn, Orb pushed hard through the center of the track, kicking forward throughout the frontstretch to win going away. Orb's trainer Shug McGaughey, a horse-racing legend, had never won a Derby until now.
Derby Day dawned gray and never got any brighter. By the 6:24 p.m. ET post time, the track wasRead More »from Orb wins a muddy, sloppy Kentucky Derby