As the race began, Orb made a cautious start on Churchill’s muddy track and was in 17th place halfway through the race.
Orb finished with a spectacular homestretch dash and a 21/2-length victory wining the e $2 million, 1-1/4 mile classic.
“I feel so good right now, I can’t explain to you,” Rosario said.
Orb’s trainer, 62-year-old Shug McGaughey, trains out of New York and Florida.
Shug says, “I’m not a vacation guy. I like to be at the barn. That’s where I’m comfortable.”
Golden Soul finished second while Revolutionary, who started the race as second favorite behind Orb, was third in the 19-horse field.
Normandy Invasion finished fourth after leading into the straight while Mylute was fifth ridden by Rosie Napravnik, which marked the best finish by a female jockey in a Kentucky Derby.
Final results and payouts listed below.
Orb, who was bred and trained in Kentucky, emerged as the horse to beat in the annual Run for the Roses after winning four previous races, including the Florida Derby.
He was initially installed as the 7-2 favourite despite drawing gate 16 at Wednesday’s post-position draw but began to drift in the betting as the race approached.
Only a late surge of money saw him start as the 5-1 favourite, just a point ahead of Revolutionary, the Louisiana Derby winner and one of five horses in the trace trained by Todd Pletcher.
Joel Rosario is a 28-year-old jockey originally from the Dominican Republic.
Joel held his mount back in the early stages of the Derby, which was held on a track drenched by hours of heavy rain.
Joel worked his way through the field as the early leaders were far aout ahead. In the end, Joel led Orb to his decisive move in the final stretch, storming down the center of the track to win Kentucky Derby 139.
Orb paid $12.80, $7.40 and $5.40. Golden Soul returned $38.60 and $19.40, while Revolutionary paid $5.40 to show.
Kentucky Derby Final Standings and Results
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario||Claude R. McGaughey III||16|
|2||Golden Soul||Robby Albarado||Dallas Stewart||4|
|3||Revolutionary||Calvin Borel||Todd Pletcher||3|
|4||Normandy Invasion||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||5|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||6|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||2|
|7||Lines of Battle||Ryan Moore||Aidan O’Brien||11|
|8||Will Take Charge||Jon Court||D. Wayne Lukas||17|
|9||Charming Kitten||Edgar Prado||Todd Pletcher||15|
|10||Giant Finish||Jose L. Espinoza||Anthony W. Dutrow||7|
|11||Overanalyze||Rafael Bejarano||Todd Pletcher||9|
|12||Palace Malice||Mike Smith||Todd Pletcher||10|
|13||Java’s War||Julien Leparoux||Kenny McPeek||19|
|14||Verrazano||John R. Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||14|
|15||Itsmyluckyday||Elvis Trujillo||Eddie Plesa, Jr.||12|
|16||Frac Daddy||Victor Lebron||Kenny McPeek||18|
|17||Goldencents||Kevin Krigger||Doug O’Neill||8|
|18||Vyjack||Garrett Gomez||Rudy Rodriguez||20|
|19||Falling Sky||Luis Saez||John Terranova II||13|
Kentucky Derby Payouts
Results WIN- PLACE- SHOW-
Orb $12.80; $7.40; $5.40
Golden Soul $38.60; $19.40
Kentucky Derby Payouts Continued
$2.00 Exacta $981.60
$0.50 Trifecta $1,731.40
$1.00 Double $9.90
$0.50 Pick Four $89.70
$1.00 Superfecta $28,542.00
$2.00 Pick Six $132.80
$2.00 Pick Six $16,172.00
$0.50 Pick Three $18.50
$0.50 Pick Five $325.10
$0.00 Pent/Str Fl
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