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Orb wins the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville.
Courtesy Churchill Downs:Kentucky Derby hopefuls Overanalyze (left) and Palace Malice workout at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Overanalyze and Palace Malice are two of five probable starters -- possibly six -- for trainer Todd Pletcher.
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Mylute, under Rosie Napravnik, works out at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Napravnik is set to ride in the Derby for the second time. She finished ninth -- the best result by a woman jockey in the history of the Kentucky Derby - aboard Pants On Fire in 2011.
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Kentucky Derby hopeful Verrazano works out at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Ky. Ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Todd Pletcher, Verrazano is undefeated and likely to be a favorite. But the colt didn't race as a 2-year-old: no horse since Apollo in 1882 has won the Derby without racing at 2.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas (left) and Churchill Downs lead outrider Greg Blaisi (right) laugh as they watch horses gallop at Churchill Downs on Sunday in Louisville, Ky. Lukas, 77, has the second-most Derby wins with four, has two contenders this year in Will Take Charge and Oxbow.
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Goldencents, with Kevin Krigger aboard, races to win the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Derby in Arcadia, Calif. on April 6. A year after winning the Derby with I'll Have Another, trainer Doug O'Neill is going for another -- this time with Goldencents.
Joel Rosario smiles after he and Orb win the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Race story: Orb wins Kentucky Derby
Here are 10 things to know about the 139th Kentucky Derby to be run on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. A full field of 20 3-year-old colts is expected for the 1 ¼-mile race, including one co-owned by Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino and five - possibly a record six - trained by Todd Pletcher. Most of the horses will be running the distance for the first time.
The race draws upward of 150,000 people, many of whom never actually see a horse run live because they are focused on the party atmosphere, especially in the infield. The Derby's signature drink is the mint julep served over crushed ice in a souvenir glass. The race is likely America's best-dressed sporting event, with many people topping off their fancy outfits with elegant/outsized/outrageous hats.
Can't make it to Louisville? You can still get into the Kentucky Derby spirit. First, you might need to make your own outrageous hat. Burnt Creative is having an Adorn that Hat event Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. You can wear your new hat to your own party (Lindsey Nair can help with the food and drink), or, if you are 21 or older, head to downtownblacksburg.com's Kentucky Derby Casino Night on Saturday from 5 to 10 p.m.
Back to Churchill Downs. Here are 10 things to know about this year's Derby:
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