Yay for Orb and all his connections. So richly deserved by all! Am I a bit churlish to be totally delighted that Pletcher didn't win? Would have been the perfect race if Rosie had switched placings with Pletcher's horse. Seems wrong to have one trainer running 20% of the field. Hard not to root for Calvin, but.....Pletcher. boo hiss
Does anyone know if Orb has the pedigree/talent to go all the way?? It's been 40 years since Secretariat. The last TC winner was 10 years before I was born. I'd LOVE to see some one win it and Shug/The Phipps seem so deserving.
Total betting on the 13-race card was $185.4 million, down 1 percent from last year’s record total handle of $187 million, according to the charts, the second-highest total for a Derby card. Last year, Derby handle and total handle set records after jumping double-digit percentages from the 2011 figures.
Betting declined on a soggy day at Churchill in which reported attendance of 151,616 fell 8.3 percent from last year’s reported attendance record of 165,307, a decline that probably cut into Churchill’s on-track wagering figures. In addition, the two largest account-wagering companies in the United States Twinspires.com – owned by Churchill Downs – and TVG, both reported problems in taking bets leading up to the Derby.