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Orb Wins Kentucky Derby

1/800 second at f/4.5
This is Orb, winner of the 139th Kentucky Derby, with Joel Rosario in the irons. Rain all day made the track sloppy, but it stopped about 45 minutes before post time, which helped me avoid testing the Nikon 7000 performance when wet.

I managed to scrounge a yellow plastic rain poncho. I looked like Big Bird without feathers.
I really need a faster lens for this kind of shot, but a lot of time behind the viewfinder has helped me understand how to push the camera when I have to. 

My vantage point was the winner's circle at Churchill Downs, where you can't see any part of the race except the finish. He is a striking colt, though not at all flattered by mud. At the moment he is the only 3-year-old on the planet with a chance to win the Triple Crown.

Maybe the best, and certainly the most loved turf writer ever, the late Joe Hirsch, always told us forget picking a winner, root for the best story. Joe would have loved this. Trainer Shug McGaughey capped a stellar career with this first Derby win for owners and breeders Stuart Janney III and Dinny Phipps.