The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 4 definitely did not disappoint. Orb took the title in a thrilling race. Did you pick the right horse?
They don’t call it “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” for nothing! The race on May 4 once again proved yet again why the Kentucky Derby is such an event, and why we all love to huddle around TVs for hours and get gussied up for only a couple minutes of action. It’s all so worth it!
Orb: Kentucky Derby Winner 2013
It rained for most of the day on May 4, creating a mucky, muddy track for the horses. But there was one who ran through the muck the best — Orb. It was a close and exhilarating race, but Orb managed to pull away at the end.
The 139th annual Kentucky Derby had some extremely intriguing storylines going into the race. Orb was made the odds-on favorite heading into the race and had won four straight races going in. Other well-favored horses like Verrazano and Revolutionary were chomping at the bit to win the derby, but they ended up falling short as well.
139th Kentucky Derby Story Lines
All eyes were definitely on Rick Pitino though, the coach of the NCAA basketball champion Louisville Cardinals. He has co-ownership of Goldencents and was definitely trying to win his second championship of the year. A day before the race, Goldencent’s trainer, Doug O’Neill, was very confident. “It should be perfect,” he said.
And our favorite Cajun jockey, Calvin Borel was at it again on May 4. He was riding the colt Revolutionary and looking for yet another win after having won the Kentucky Derby three times before. We love seeing that little guy smile and talk in his cute accent, so it’s a bit of a letdown that he couldn’t secure the victory.
What did you think of the Kentucky Derby, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
WATCH: The 2013 Kentucky Derby
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