Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic.
When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up.
But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win. Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third. Normandy Invasion faded to fourth.
"I was so far behind and I just let him be calm and let him be relaxed and he was available to do it al," said Rosario after winning.
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.
Orb will move on to the Preakness, which follows in two weeks, and the Belmont Stakes on June 8. The last horse to sweep all three races was Affirmed in 1978.
2. Golden Soul
4. Normandy Invasion
7. Lines of Battle
8. Will Take Charge
9. Charming Kitten
10. Giant Finish
12. Palace Malice
13. Java's War
16. Frac Daddy
19. Falling Sky