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NOLA in the Ky. Derby: Revolultionary 3rd, Amoss' Mylute 5th

Fleetwood Mac rocked the Acura Stage at Saturday’s Jazz Fest, but it was one horse in Louisville that ended the night as a star.  In a thrilling running of the 139th Kentucky Derby, Orb and jockey Joel Rosario patiently waited in the end of the pack, until shooting up from outside for a solid win.  


A New Yorker may have won the race this time, but many of Saturday’s players had their last start in the Louisiana Derby, including second place Louisiana Derby winner Mylute. 


Native New Orleanian Tom Amoss, used a strategy similar to Orb’s with Mylute.  Hanging back in the rear, one horse behind Orb, Mylute waited until the last minute to sprint up the side. Although Mylute came up short in fifth, this will not be Amoss or jockey Rosie Napravnik’s last chance at the roses.  Judging from Amoss’ Kentucky Derby history, Mylute’s race is an improvement. 


Although the crowd favorite at 7-2 odds, and a Florida Derby winner, Orb’s late sprint to the finish line made the two minute 1 1/4 race anybody’s game.  Todd Pletcher’s long shot, Palace Malice, held the lead for the first half of the race, but with his stamina waning on the backstretch Palace fell back into the group, leaving room for Orb, Golden Soul and Louisiana Derby winner, Revolutionary, to nab first, second and third.  Behind Palace, Normandy Invasion, Oxbow and Verrazano fought hard for the front early.  Normandy held his speed for a tight fourth place finish, while Oxbow fell into sixth behind Mylute and Verrazano dropped into the double digits. 


From fetlock to forelock, both rider and horse bounded through the finish line covered in mud from the morning’s rainstorm.  Luckily, the weather held up for a beautiful win and a giant stride that we will see in the coming weeks.  Eligible for the Triple Crown, Orb, trained by legendary horseman Shug McGaughey, will follow up his Derby victory with a try at the Preakness. 


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