What the Derby jockeys had to say

May 4, 2013 

Jockey Joel Rosario held up the Derby Trophy after Orb with Rosario up won 139th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday May 4, 2013 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff


"It's like a dream. I feel so good right now. I can't explain to you how I feel." Joel Rosario, Orb

"I thought I had a good chance turning for home. ... I got him out. He came running." Robby Albardo, Golden Soul

"The only thing I wish I could have done on the far turn was creep up closer on him." Calvin Borel, Revolutionary

"I thought I was going to win the race. But at the eighth pole my horse didn't respond." Javier Castellano, Normandy Invasion

"I have never wanted to win a photo for third so bad in my life. The horse ran great." Rosie Napravnik, Mylute

"Coming into the stretch, I had a big smile on my face. 'I'm going to win my fourth.'" Gary Stevens, Oxbow

"The horse ran very well." Ryan Moore, Lines of Battle

"He was still picking up tired horses, but he didn't have that big kick, turn of foot." Jon Court, Will Take Charge

"At the quarter pole I didn't have any kick left ... I was glad with the way he ran." Edgar Prado, Charming Kitten

"I had great position all the way around, but he just wasn't getting a hold of the track." Jose Espinoza, Giant Finish

"I was going good then I got hit and bumped at the half-mile (pole). It threw him off." Rafael Bejarano, Overanalyze

"He was just too aggressive. ... He wanted to go and I didn't have much choice." Mike Smith, Palace Malice

"I found the winner ... and followed him and made a run with him but just couldn't do it." Julien Leparoux, Java's War

"I just don't think he liked the track. ... He was kicking a lot and overworking to keep up." John Velazquez, Verrazano

"He didn't run his race. He just didn't like the track." Elvis Trujillo, Itsmyluckyday

"We had a clear break to the first turn but by the three-quarter pole I just didn't have anything." Victor Lebron, Frac Daddy

"I didn't want to be up there with that :22 and :45 business. He just didn't get there." Kevin Krigger, Goldencents

"He broke in on me. I think he was ducking from the crowd. He was all wound up." Garrett Gomez, Vyjack

"My trip was good, he broke good and had good position. He got tired." Luis Saez, Falling Sky

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