A horse named Orb just won the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby, becoming the latest horse to attempt to piece together the elusive Triple Crown. Palace Malice led for most of the race before falling behind Normandy Invasion. Just around the last turn, Orb made a late race surge to take the lead and secure the "Run for the Roses" victory. Orb and another horse, Revolutionary, were the favorites heading into the race.
Known as "The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports," the Derby is the first leg of horse racing's annual triple crown races, and probably one of the best summer kick-off traditions there is. The pomp and pageantry off the aristocrats in the stands is only rivalled by the decadence and depravity, as Hunter S. Thompson put it in his famous essay, of the rest of the spectators gathered in the infield. This year was no different. The Derby is known almost as much for the huge hats women wear with their summer dresses and flats as the thoroughbred horses that run the race. Unfortunately, rainy conditions at Churchill Downs kept some hats under wraps this year:
But they didn't stop this guy from wearing his customized crown dedicated to the race -- with its horses and jockey uniforms and base of roses:
That hat is amazing and deserves to be in the smithsonian. The poor weather didn't stop the people partying in the infield from doing the stupid stuff they do every year. They just adapted and set up a slip'n'slide to party with:
Horse racing is the best sport. Where else do you get to slip'n'slide before an event begins? See you on May 18 for the Preakness.