After generations of near misses, one of racing's most storied families finally won the Kentucky Derby.
First cousins Ogden Mills ''Dinny'' Phipps and Stuart Janney III are latest in the line of racing royalty that finished second in the race twice, sold a future Kentucky Derby winner and lost the chance to own the greatest Thoroughbred ever, Secretariat, thanks to a coin flip.
Those missed chances are forgotten Saturday when Orb won the 139th Derby. The two men own the 3-year-old colt in partnership.
''It's really the culmination of horse racing, and I am thrilled to be here today,'' Phipps said.
Said Janney, ''I just couldn't be more delighted that we're doing this together.''
The 72-yeae-old Phipps first came around Churchill Downs with the pair's grandmother, Mrs. Henry Carnegie Phipps. Her Wheatley Stable campaigned 1957 Derby favorite Bold Ruler, who finished fourth.
It was a son of Bold Ruler that turned out to be the family's toughest bit of racing luck. Dinny's father...