Orb made a strong move entering the far turn towards the lead pack and then ran down the 8/5 favorite, Itsmyluckyday, in deep stretch to win the Florida Derby and secure a spot in the 2013 Kentucky Derby. Second favorite Shanghai Bobby ran up with the leader for the first six furlongs and then faded badly to finish well back of the top two. Longshots Merit Man and Narvaez rounded out the top four finishers.
The 2013 Florida Derby was billed as a clash between Itsmyluckyday, Shanghai Bobby and Orb, the dominant three-year-old colts at Gulfstream Park this spring. And leading up to the $1 million race and key prep on the road to the Kentucky Derby, the betting public reinforced that notion by making those three colts the three favorites at odds ranging from 8/5 to 5/2.
The 2013 Florida Derby part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby series sponsored by Churchill Downs, with the top four finishers in the race all receiving points towards a spot in the starting gate in Louisville on the first Saturday in May.
Orb is a three-year-old colt by Malibu Moon, trained by Shug McGaughey and ridden by jockey John Velazquez. If everything goes to plan over the next five weeks, he'll make his next start in this year's Kentucky Derby.
Below are the payouts, fractions and internal splits from the Florida Derby:
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