LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — 5-1 favorite 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.
Dogwood Stable's Palace Malice led for nearly three quarters of the race, but ran out of gas in the back stretch and finished 12th.
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.
Cot Campbell's eighth chance at a Kentucky Derby win fell victim to a fast start that the three-year-old couldn't keep up with. Through 3/4 mile, Palace Malice was on pace to break the Derby record by nearly five seconds. Shortly after, he faded into the pack.
Long shot Golden Soul was second with Revolutionary third. Normandy Invasion faded to fourth.