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Orb wins 139th Kentucky Derby

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Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, as seen earlier this week during the post position draw. Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, as seen earlier this week during the post position draw.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Orb has won the 139th Kentucky Derby on a rainy day that left the track muddy, but fans in high spirits.  The win marked the first Derby win for acclaimed trainer Shug McGaughey.

Orb's payouts:  $12.80, $7.40 and $5.40.  Golden Soul was second and paid $38.60 and $19.40; Revolutionary placed third with a $5.40 payout.

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.

Orb, the 5-1 favorite, ran the 1 1/4 miles in 2:02.89.

Normandy Invasion faded to fourth.

Trainer Todd Pletcher had a record-tying five runners. Revolutionary was the best of the "Todd Squad," followed by Charming Kitten (ninth), Overanalyze (11th), Palace Malice (12th) and Verrazano (14th).

Goldencents, owned in part by Rick Pitino, coach of Louisville's national basketball champions, finished a 17th. His jockey, Kevin Krigger, was trying to become the first black rider to win the race since 1902.

Rosie Napravnik was also bidding to make history as the first woman jockey to win the world's biggest horse race. She finished fifth aboard Mylute, the highest finish by a female rider.

D. Wayne Lukas, who won the Derby four times and would have been the oldest trainer to saddle a winner, sent out two runners. Oxbow, with three-time Derby winning jockey Gary Stevens aboard, finished sixth. Will Take Charge was eighth.

Lines of Battle from Ireland finished seventh, denying European champion trainer Aidan O'Brien the international victory.

Steady rain pelted Churchill Downs leading to the Derby.  The track said attendance was 151,616, down from last year's record of more than 165,000.  Blame the weather, perhaps.

The track for the 19-horse field was been downgraded to sloppy, and even the bugler wore a red poncho as he called to the post in early races on Saturday's card.

Fans huddled under covered sections of the grandstand and donning plastic ponchos over suits and dresses. Umbrellas were banned because of safety concerns.

But the gloomy skies did not keep fans from drinking, eating and partying. In the infield, fans wore rubber boots and covered themselves as best they can.  WDRB reporters noted the ponchos and plastic trash bags became required outerwear.

The rain, of course, was not a problem for the high rollers, who were warm and dry in their suites.

Early fans were unfazed as Kentucky National Guardsmen searched bags and passed metal-detecting wands over race-goers Saturday in Louisville. The tightened security imposed in response to the Boston Marathon bombings was similar to actions taken after 9/11.

In 2009, the track relaxed some policies, but most of the measures were reinstated this year, including a ban on coolers. Fans this year can purchase disposable coolers inside Churchill Downs, complete with ice.

Among other things, the track banned backpacks and large purses.

Former NBA players and coaches populated the track's Millionaires' Row, where WDRB's Bennett Haeberle spoke with Avery Johnson, Gary Payton and Scottie Pippen.  Other celebrities, many fresh -- or still recovering -- after Derby Eve parties across town -- included TV host Star Jones, country music singers Luke Bryan and Martina McBride, actress Jane Seymour and actors Jason Biggs ("American Pie") and Emilio Estevez.

Estevez told WDRB he wanted to experience the Kentucky Derby as research for a horse racing-themed movie he's now filming in the Cincinnati area. 

McBride sang the national anthem about 5:10 p.m.

National champion University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino accepted well wishes from spectators and joked about his recent U of L back tattoo on national television.

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