DERBY LIVE: Orb wins after surging among bettors

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 4, 2013 at 6:56 pm •  Published: May 4, 2013
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Breen was forced to scratch Black Onyx from the Derby on Friday morning when an X-ray showed a chip in his right front ankle. His absence leaves the field at 19 horses.

"Disappointment is probably the best word to describe it," Breen said Saturday morning. "I thought he had legitimate chance and I was going to bet my money. I was ready to put my money where my mouth was. Now we'll never know."

The injury is unlikely to require surgery, Breen said, but the Spiral Stakes winner will need at least 60 to 90 days of time off before returning to training.

The New Jersey-based trainer will stick around for Derby but may pass the glitz of the frontside and just watch from the barn area.

He wasn't the only member of his family looking to put money on the horse.

"My son is 9 years old. He'd saved up 20 bucks to bet on Black Onyx. He's even disappointed," Breen said.

— Josh Abner — http://twitter.com/joshabner

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DRY REAL ESTATE

Umbrellas are piling up in growing puddles at the security station outside Churchill Downs, as national guardsmen and police confiscated the items which barred from the Kentucky Derby.

The lack of cover that could be carried made ponchos, dry shirts and hats popular sellers at vendor stands surrounding the paddock at the historic racetrack. Of course, getting into a vendor tent Saturday afternoon is proving to be a challenge.

People are taking shelter under nearly every inch of overhang, awning and vendor tent, even if they have no interest in buying officially licensed items. Even with a roof over their heads, though, racing fans can't escape the water. Rain is pooling on the brick walkways at the entrance to the track and around the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Alas, of all the branded goodies being sold at the Run to the Roses, dry socks are not among the offerings.

— Brett Barrouquere — http://twitter.com/BbarrouquereAP

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DERBY PICKS

AP reporters have been on the Churchill Downs backstretch all week, interviewing owners, trainers and jockeys and keeping their eyes on each and every horse during their morning gallops. Now that it's Derby Day, Derby Live presents their picks:

— Beth Harris (http://twitter.com/bethharrisap) 1. Goldencents 2. Itsmyluckyday 3. Revolutionary.

— Jim Litke (http://twitter.com/jimlitke) 1. Overanalyze 2. Normandy Invasion 3. Goldencents.

— Gary Graves (http://twitter.com/GaryBGraves) 1. Orb 2. Goldencents 3. Verrazano.

— Josh Abner (http://twitter.com/joshabner) 1. Orb 2. Revolutionary 3. Overanalyze

— Mike Farrell: 1. Itsmyluckyday 2. Orb 3. Goldencents.

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HUMANA DISTAFF

Aubby K, the 7-2 favorite, rallied past Burban to win the $345,600 Humana Distaff for fillies and mares. Edgar Prado guided the 4-year-old through the slop to get up by 1 ½ lengths for her second straight stakes victory.

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MORE SLIDING, FEWER CUFFS

The normally rowdy infield crowd at the Kentucky Derby appears well behaved.

As the rain comes down, fans have taken to sliding across water-slickened tarps and muddy stretches in a makeshift slip-and-slide.

Louisville Police Officer Carey Klain said as of mid-afternoon, only two people had been arrested and three cited for ticket scalping.

"So far, so good," Klain said.

While the area under the grandstand is crowded, people are milling about and moving through slowly but efficiently.

— Brett Barrouquere — http://twitter.com/BbarrouquereAP

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IT'S SO RAINY...

How rainy is it at Churchill Downs?

Even the bugler is wearing a red poncho as he blows the call to the post in the early races.

— Beth Harris — http://twitter.com/bethharrisap

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STAT CHECK

This stat check comes from ESPN sports business reporter Darren Rovell (http://twitter.com/darrenrovell ). According to Rovell, roughly 5.1 million ounces of beer will be consumed at the Kentucky Derby.

That's nearly 319,000 16-ounce pours.

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UNDERCARD RACE

Berlino Di Tiger held off Chamblerlain Bridge by a nose to win the $138,250 Twin Spires Turf Sprint, the first stakes on the Derby Day program at Churchill Downs.

Making his third start in the U.S. after beginning his career in Brazil, Berlino Di Tiger pulled the 11-1 upset with Leandro Goncalves aboard.

Chamberlain Bridge showed he is still going strong at 9. He won the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint here in 2010.

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THE LONGSHOT

With $11,2 million wagered and a little more than four hours before post time, Falling Sky is getting the least love from bettors. The horse trained by John Terranova II and ridden by Luis Saez was at 37-1 odds.

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GAMBLERS ABOUND

Among the actors, musicians and athletes arriving on the red carpet are a fitting type of celebrity for a horse race: Poker players.

Imagine that, gamblers at the Kentucky Derby.

Among them is Phil Hellmuth, who's won 13 gold bracelets and $12.2 million at the World Series of Poker and is known to place a bet or two beyond the felt. He tweeted a picture (http://bit.ly/10duKeu ) of himself, with "The Voice" contender Nicholas David and actress Jennifer Tilly — all posing with the Stanley Cup. Makes sense, we guess.

Fellow poker player Robert Williamson dressed in all black and white, from his hat to his shoes, with one exception — socks covered in sometimes neon-colored daisies.

"They give me a little color," Williamson said.

Tilly, a poker player herself, glided onto the red carpet to cheers from a large throng of onlookers assembled under a canopy near food and booze vendors at Churchill Downs. Tilley, who voices some characters on "Family Guy," agreeably posed as photographers shouted requests: "Look this way please!" ''Can you pose to the right?"

— Brett Barrouquere — http://twitter.com/BbarrouquereAP

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TRACK CONDITIONS

David Lehr, the Churchill Downs track superintendent, has downgraded the main track to "sloppy" due to consistent rain falling Saturday morning and early afternoon. The track is now "sealed," or packed down so that excess water rolls off rather being absorbed in the surface.

Track conditions could continue to change before the Kentucky Derby, the day's 11th race.

Only eight of the 19 Derby runners have ever run on a dirt track rated worse than "fast."

Normandy Invasion is one of the 11 never to have run on an off track but trainer Chad Brown hoped this morning that his colt would take to the possibility of a sloppy surface.

"I'm told his breeding is good for the mud," Brown said. "I see that go both ways. Sometimes it does prove to be true and sometimes even if they're bred for it, they don't run in it. You really don't know until you try it."

— Josh Abner — http://twitter.com/joshabner

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$1M MARK

Revolutionary is the first Kentucky Derby horse with $1 million in bets. The 5-1 favorite passed the mark with $8.3 million in total wagers at Churchill Downs.

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CELEBS ARRIVING

The famous faces are starting to arrive. Among the sightings: National anthem singer Martina McBride, TV personality Star Jones, basketball greats Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Scottie Pippen, Speaker of the House John Boehner, New England Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork, actor Anthony Anderson and actress Valerie Harper, who was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

— Janet Cappiello — http://twitter.com/APLouJanet

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QUICKQUOTE: TIGHT SECURITY

"The more, the merrier, as far as I'm concerned." — Frank Hanlon, 31, of Memphis, Tenn., on added security joining at Churchill Downs in response to the bombings at the Boston Marathon last month. Kentucky National Guardsmen searched bags and passed metal detecting wands over race goers, while raincoats, towels and small cameras were being inspected.

— Brett Barrouquere — http://twitter.com/BbarrouquereAP

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SLOPPY DERBY

The last Kentucky Derby run on a track listed as sloppy was in 2010, when Calvin Borel rode 8-1 Super Saver to victory. That day, 1.32 inches of rain fell at Churchill Downs. Saturday's forecast calls for the rain to become progressively steadier as post time approaches.

Borel also won on a sloppy track in 2009 when 50-1 shot Mine That Bird splashed home first. The jockey nicknamed "Bo-rail" because of his rail-hugging rides at Churchill will be aboard Revolutionary in the Derby.

— Beth Harris — http://twitter.com/bethharrisap

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I'VE GOT A SYSTEM

Betting strategies at the Kentucky Derby vary as wildly as the hats.

Some racing fans plan out their wagers days in advance, poring over statistics and previous races to make an informed decision. But many fly by the seat of their pants, choosing an interesting looking horse or colorful jockey silks.

"I love cats," said Shelly Dozier-McKee of Atlanta, who decided to bet on Charming Kitten in the Derby. It's her first trip to Churchill Downs, and Dozier-McKee said she received some betting tips from former University of Louisville coach Denny Crum during a party Friday night.

She said Crum, who won two NCAA basketball championships, showed her how to bet exactas and trifectas, she said.

"I got some good insider tips from him," Dozier-McKee said from under a black, wide-brimmed hat adorned with a feather.

Jeremy Hewson learned how to bet horses from his grandfather back in Greenfield, Ind. He'll study the racing form, looking at speeds and performances in past races.

Hewson said the rainy track would factor into his picks, but so far he likes Verrazano in the Derby.

"Unless I see something that changes my mind," he said.

— Dylan Lovan — http://twitter.com/dylanlovan

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Derby Live follows the Kentucky Derby and all the activities surrounding the event as seen by journalists from The Associated Press from across Louisville, Ky. It will be updated throughout the day with breaking news and other items of interest. Follow AP reporters on Twitter where available.

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