LOUISVILLE — Orb gave Shug McGaughey, a native Kentuckian, Hall of Fame trainer and sentimental favorite in his home state, his first victory in the Kentucky Derby when he raced to victory Saturday in the rain-soaked 139th running of the Triple Crown opener in “sloppy” conditions at Churchill Downs.
McGaughey, 62, had been 0-6 in Derby starts. But Orb, a 3-year-old bay colt whose named was inspired by his father, Malibu Moon, earned the blanket of roses when he bested runner-up Golden Soul with a rally down the stretch.
Orb won by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 2:02.89. Revolutionary was third, followed by Normandy Invasion and Mylute.
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