May 5, 2013 in Sports

Orb comes ’round with Rosario along for ride

Beth Harris Associated Press
 
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Trainer Shug McGaughey, left, and Orb co-owner Stuart Janney get their turn with trophy at Churchill Downs.
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Through the years

Kentucky

Derby

Winners

2013 – Orb

2012 – I’ll Have Another

2011 – Animal Kingdom

2010 – Super Saver

2009 – Mine That Bird

2008 – Big Brown

2007 – Street Sense

2006 – Barbaro

2005 – Giacomo

2004 – Smarty Jones

2003 – Funny Cide

2002 – War Emblem

2001 – Monarchos

2000 – Fusaichi Pegasus

1999 – Charismatic

1998 – Real Quiet

1997 – Silver Charm

1996 – Grindstone

1995 – Thunder Gulch

1994 – Go for Gin

1993 – Sea Hero

1992 – Lil E. Tee

1991 – Strike the Gold

1990 – Unbridled

1989 – Sunday Silence

1988 – Winning Colors

1987 – Alysheba

1986 – Ferdinand

1985 – Spend A Buck

1984 – Swale

1983 – Sunny’s Halo

1982 – Gato Del Sol

1981 – Pleasant Colony

1980 – Genuine Risk

1979 – Spectacular Bid

1978 – Affirmed*

1977 – Seattle Slew*

1976 – Bold Forbes

1975 – Foolish Pleasure

1974 – Cannonade

1973 – Secretariat*

1972 – Riva Ridge

1971 – Canonero II

1970 – Dust Commander

1969 – Majestic Prince

1968 – Forward Pass

1967 – Proud Clarion

1966 – Kauai King

1965 – Lucky Debonair

1964 – Northern Dancer

1963 – Chateaugay

1962 – Decidedly

1961 – Carry Back

1960 – Venetian Way

1959 – Tomy Lee

1958 – Tim Tam

1957 – Iron Liege

1956 – Needles

1955 – Swaps

1954 – Determine

1953 – Dark Star

1952 – Hill Gail

1951 – Count Turf

1950 – Middleground

1949 – Ponder

1948 – Citation*

1947 – Jet Pilot

1946 – Assault*

1945 – Hoop, Jr.

1944 – Pensive

1943 – Count Fleet*

1942 – Shut Out

1941 – Whirlaway*

1940 – Gallahadion

1939 – Johnstown

1938 – Lawrin

1937 – War Admiral*

1936 – Bold Venture

1935 – Omaha*

1934 – Cavalcade

1933 – Brokers Tip

1932 – Burgoo King

1931 – Twenty Grand

1930 – Gallant Fox*

1929 – Clyde Van Dusen

1928 – Reigh Count

1927 – Whiskery

1926 – Bubbling Over

1925 – Flying Ebony

1924 – Black Gold

1923 – Zev

1922 – Morvich

1921 – Behave Yourself

1920 – Paul Jones

1919 – Sir Barton*

1918 – Exterminator

1917 – Omar Khayyam

1916 – George Smith

1915 – Regret

1914 – Old Rosebud

1913 – Donerail

1912 – Worth

1911 – Meridan

1910 – Donau

1909 – Wintergreen

1908 – Stone Street

1907 – Pink Star

1906 – Sir Huon

1905 – Agile

1904 – Elwood

1903 – Judge Himes

1902 – Alan-a-Dale

1901 – His Eminence

1900 – Lieut. Gibson

1899 – Manuel

1898 – Plaudit

1897 – Typhoon II

1896 – Ben Brush

1895 – Halma

1894 – Chant

1893 – Lookout

1892 – Azra

1891 – Kingman

1890 – Riley

1889 – Spokane

1888 – MacBeth II

1887 – Montrose

1886 – Ben Ali

1885 – Joe Cotton

1884 – Buchanan

1883 – Leonatus

1882 – Apollo

1881 – Hindoo

1880 – Fonso

1879 – Lord Murphy

1878 – Day Star

1877 – Baden Baden

1876 – Vagrant

1875 – Aristides

*indicates horse went

on to win triple crown.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Way back in the pack heading into the final turn, Orb was calm even if his jockey wasn’t.

Churning through a sloppy track that resembled creamy peanut butter, the bay colt picked up speed and, one by one, blew past rivals.

By that time, jockey Joel Rosario knew he was aboard the Kentucky Derby winner.

Orb powered to a 21/2-length victory Saturday at Churchill Downs, giving trainer Shug McGaughey and Rosario their first Derby wins.

“I was so far behind,” Rosario said. “He was very relaxed. It’s exactly what I wanted.”

Rosario had Orb in the clear on the outside and they forged to the lead in deep stretch, with enough momentum to hold off 34-1 shot Golden Soul.

It was a popular victory before a crowd of 151,616, which poured enough late money on Orb to make him the 5-1 favorite, a position Revolutionary had owned most of the day.

McGaughey, a 62-year-old native of Lexington, finally got the Derby win he had long sought. Orb was just his second starter since 1989, when he settled for second after Sunday Silence beat Easy Goer on a muddy track.

“It means everything to me,” the Hall of Famer said. “I’ve always dreamed of this day and it finally came.”

The race was dominated by closers. Golden Soul rallied from 15th to second, while Revolutionary was 18th at one point and finished third for trainer Todd Pletcher. Normandy Invasion finished fourth.

Orb paid $12.80, $7.40 and $5.40. Golden Soul returned $38.60 and $19.40, while Revolutionary paid $5.40 to show.

Mylute was fifth, followed by Oxbow, Lines of Battle, Will Take Charge and Charming Kitten. Giant Finish was 10th, then came Overanalyze, Palace Malice, Java’s War, Verrazano, Itsmyluckyday, Frac Daddy, Goldencents, Vyjack and Falling Sky.

The second leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown will be May 18 when the Preakness Stakes is held at Pimlico.

The rain that pelted the track earlier in the day had stopped by the time 19 horses paraded to the post for the 139th Derby. While it created a gloppy surface, it didn’t seem to bother Orb, who had never previously run on a wet track.

“I said, ‘A day like today might have cost me one Kentucky Derby, maybe it’ll turn around and help us today’,” McGaughey said.

His triumph was a victory for the old school of racing, where a private trainer like McGaughey works exclusively for wealthy owners – in this case Stuart Janney and Ogden Mills “Dinny” Phipps.

“The Phippses and Janneys has been my whole life for 20 some years now, and have really kind of given me everything I’ve got,” said McGaughey, who never lost his thick Southern drawl despite years of working in New York.

“I’m extremely proud to be able to work with people such as this. To bring a day like today into their lives is just a huge, huge thrill for me. All I can do is just say thanks for the opportunity,” he said.

First cousins Janney and 72-year-old Dinny Phipps, who are among the sport’s blue bloods that include the old-money Whitney and Vanderbilt families, also got their first gold Derby trophy.

“I just couldn’t be more delighted that we’re doing this together,” the 64-year-old Janney said.

Phipps’ late father, Ogden, owned Easy Goer and undefeated Personal Ensign. Janney’s parents owned star filly Ruffian.

“This horse’s bloodline goes back to our grandmother,” Janney said. “Dinny’s father was very instrumental in getting me to take over my parents’ horses 20 some years ago.”

When the horses burst from the gates, Palace Malice and Mike Smith set a sizzling pace that couldn’t be sustained.

On the far turn, the pack closed in on the leader, with Oxbow attacking from the inside and Normandy Invasion moving up on the outside to take the lead.

Rosario positioned Orb in the clear on the outside and they reeled in Normandy Invasion in mid-stretch before surging clear.

History was denied on several fronts:

• Pletcher’s Derby record fell to 1 for 36 after sending out a record-tying five horses for the second time in his career. Besides Revolutionary, Charming Kitten was ninth; Overanalyze was 11th; early pacesetter Palace Malice was 12th; and previously unbeaten Verrazano was 14th.

• Rosie Napravnik’s bid to become the first woman jockey to win ended with a fifth-place finish aboard Mylute. It was still the highest finish by a woman rider, bettering her ninth-place showing two years ago.

• Kevin Krigger failed in his attempt to be the first black jockey to win since 1902. He rode Goldencents to a 17th-place finish for trainer Doug O’Neill, who won last year with I’ll Have Another. Rick Pitino owns 5 percent of the colt, who couldn’t deliver a horses/hoops double for the coach of the national champion Louisville basketball team.

• D. Wayne Lukas missed out on becoming the oldest trainer to win at 77. He saddled two horses: Oxbow was sixth with 50-year-old Gary Stevens making a Derby comeback after seven years in retirement, and Will Take Charge was eighth.

Orb was the second Derby starter for both Janney and Phipps, whose previous entries were in 1988 and ’89. Their family wealth allows them to race the horses they breed, unlike the majority of current owners who are involved through partnerships that split up the exorbitant costs of the sport.

“Take your time,” Phipps said, referring to the group’s way of doing things. “Let the horse bring you to the race.”

The cousins’ grandfather, Henry Phipps, founded wealth management firm Bessemer Trust in 1907. Janney serves as chairman, while Dinny Phipps is its director. He also chairs The Jockey Club, which regulates the registration of thoroughbreds.

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