The most exciting two minutes in sports also happens to be a great excuse to spend 24 hours submitting to your demons. After all, Kentucky Derby day is the only day that deems gambling, binge drinking Mint Juleps, and wearing a hat outside your grandmother’s closet socially acceptable.
Still, the main attraction is, of course, the horses and dark horses that face off against one another in a two-minute, one-and-a-quarter-mile dash that reminds you of how you panted your way through a 12-minute mile in high school. And the 139th Kentucky Derby proved to be just as exciting as the last 138 — hats off to Orb, who won the race despite Palace Malice’s unexpected early lead. (Sorry, Internet — Charming Kitten didn’t manage to eke in a win.)
Orb, who won the race with jockey Joel Rosario, was an early favorite in the Kentucky Derby. The horse, who is owned by Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey, was hot off the heels of a Florida Derby victory when he won the Kentucky Derby.
Another Julep to celebrate?