Co-Favorite Orb Powers Through Rain-Soaked Track to Win Kentucky Derby

OrbThe track at Churchill Downs on Saturday looked to be the consistency of creamy peanut butter after nearly a quarter inch of rain had fallen before the race started.

Heavy rollers went over the dirt surface to pack the top layer and prevent water from seeping into the base, but it still made for a difficult running surface. A colt named Orb prevailed over his opponents and the less-than-ideal track conditions to win the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.

Orb entered the race as a co-favorite with 6-1 odds to win it all.  Orb was paid $1,439,800 as the winner, and was ridden by jockey Joel Rosario, who also won the Dubai World Cup in March aboard Animal Kingdom, the 2011 Kentucky Derby winner.

Orb was trained by Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who earned his first Derby win.

Golden Soul finished second while Revolutionary, the other co-favorite, was third

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