The three-year-old colt, Orb, was in 16th place during the first half of yesterday's Kentucky Derby, and he was taking mud in the face from every horse in front of him. His jockey calmly led him to the outside of the pack where there was a clear path, and in the final stretch, Orb bolted to the lead to win The Roses and enjoy the last horse-laugh. It was a great win and happened to come on the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's great come-from-behind win in a record time that still stands today as the fastest Derby ever by the greatest horse ever.
And while the best horse won yesterday, the ballet world lost its greatest cowboy. Frederic Franklin passed away at the age of 98. The original Champion Roper in Agnes De Mille's Rodeo and a "living legend" for nearly fifty years, Franklin was well-known for passing on as much colorful commentary about this country's ballet greats as he did choreography.