Sunday, May 5, 2013

A Rosy Day For Orb and Joel Rosario

What a breathtaking Run for the Roses! Yes, it was a wet and muddy afternoon at Churchill Downs but that didn't stop jockey Joel Rosario from riding co-favorite Orb to victory in the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby in spectacular fashion.

Halfway through the race Orb was running 17th in the 19-horse race and it seemed like disappointment was looming for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, who was seeking his first-ever Kentucky Derby victory. But a patient Rosario, who had Orb on the outside, saw an opening and made his move. He cranked it up a notch and Orb steamrolled from 17th to 1st in the last 3/4 mile. The rest was history.

After the race a relieved McGaughey said, "Rosario might have been a little more patient than I wanted him to be, but he judged it right." Indeed he did. This was a come-from-behind victory for the ages.

The colt is now the overwhelming favorite to win the Preakness Stakes and talks of a Triple Crown winner have already begun in the horse racing world.

AP Photo

Will Orb be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978? We shall see.

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