Both Lexington and Louisville went with illustrations on the covers of their Saturday newspapers to advance yesterday’s 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.

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The Lexington Herald-Leader put this wonderfully graphic illustration by Chris Ware on the front, showing roses falling upon the downs.


Meanwhile, the Courier-Journal of Louisville went with a photoillustration of a trainer who had five horses running Saturday.


The picture was by staffer Alton Strupp. Andrew Scheiderich did the cardfront illustrations.

The winner — by two-and-a-half lengths — was Orb, who had won four straight races going into the Derby. A $2 bet on the horse to win paid $12.80.

The pictures for today’s fronts were taken at very nearly the same moment — just past the finish line — and from nearly the same angle. All that was different was the crop and the phrasing of the “Orb shines” headline.

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The Herald-Leader chose a nice, tight crop of Orb and his jockey, Joel Rosario shot by staffer Timothy D. Easley.


Find Lexington’s online coverage here.

The Courier-Journal chose a much looser crop of a picture made by freelancer Kramer Caswell.


Read Louisville’s online coverage here.

Average daily circulation of the Herald-Leader is 92,626. The Courier-Journal circulates 154,033 papers daily.

These front pages are all from the Newseum. Of course.