Donations can be made on the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation website at grayson-jockeyclub.org. Checks, payable to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, can be mailed to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, 40 E. 52nd Street (15th floor), New York, NY 10022.
“This is a great way to commemorate Orb’s victory in the Kentucky Derby and, at the same time, support the vital equine research that enhances horse health,” said Edward L. Bowen, president of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. “We are grateful to the Janney and Phipps families for their longstanding and generous commitments to this foundation.”
On May 4, 2013, Orb, ridden by Joel Rosario, started favorite for the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Rosario positioned the colt towards the rear of the nineteen runner field in the early stages as the outsider Palace Malice set a fast pace. From half distance, Orb began to make progress on the outside and turned into the straight just behind the leaders. Normandy Invasion took the lead from Palace Malice but Orb continued to make ground in the center of the sloppy track. The favorite took the lead one sixteenth of a mile from home and pulled away to win by 2 1/2 lengths from Golden Soul in a final time of 2:02:89. After the race trainer Shug McGaughey, who was winning the race for the first time said that “I’ve always dreamed of this day and it finally came… I’m thrilled for the people who put in so much time on this horse, and of course I’m thrilled for me.”
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation is the nation’s leading private source of equine research funding, having individually contributed more than $19 million to 40 universities since 1983 to underwrite 299 specific projects aimed at enhancing the health and safety of horses. Additional information is available at grayson-jockeyclub.org.
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