Kentucky Derby 2013 Odds: Best Bets in This Year's Field

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 28:  Mike Smith rides Code West during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 28, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Horse racing's signature event is almost upon us, folks—the 2013 Kentucky Derby

The Derby is one of sport's biggest parties, what with the mint juleps, giant hats, Southern charm, rampant betting and Hunter S. Thompson references. Okay, maybe that last one is just me.

Nonetheless, there's a race to be run as well, and below I've identified three of the horses I think have an excellent shot to win the field and are currently posting solid odds compared to what their odds will look like on the morning of the race.



Verrazano doesn't have a lot of racing experience, but he's won all four races he's been entered in, including the Wood Memorial. As an early starter and front-runner, he's suited to the length of the race. 

He's one of the more physically impressive horses in the running and has continued to improve. With that being said, he technically didn't race as a two-year old, and no horse that hasn't raced as a two-year old has won the race since 1882.

Verrazano will be the favorite on the day of the race, but for now his 7-1 odds are a smart play.



The first thing you need to know is that this horse is co-owned by Rick Pitino, head coach of the national championship-winning Louisville Cardinals. So yeah, there is some luck attached to this horse (if you're the superstitious type, that is).

He has four wins in six career races (including one second-place finish) and, like Verrazano, continues to improve with each race. He's also a horse that wants to get out and run early, and the major concern at the Derby is that he might fade at the end.

But with Pitino behind him and 49-1 odds at the moment, Goldenscents is one heck of a play right now.



Orb will come into the Derby with four straight wins under his belt and seems perfectly suited for this track, as he loves to start relaxed, run horses down from behind and win at the end. The Derby is just long enough to give sprinters trouble, but those horses that finish strong tend to prosper.

Orb has a fantastic pedigree and is trained by one of the best in the business, Claude McGaughey III. Currently at 13-1 odds, Orb is one of the safer selections that nonetheless could be very lucrative for those who roll with him.

Below, you'll find all of the odds for the horses slated to run in the Derby.


Name Trainer Current Odds
Code West Bob Baffert 29-1
Den's Legacy Bob Baffert 43-1
Falling Sky John Terranova, II 95-1
Flashback Bob Baffert 15-1
Goldencents Doug O'Neill 49-1
Hear the Ghost Jerry Hollendorfer 15-1
Itsmyluckyday Edward Plesa, Jr. 10-1
Java's War Kenneth McPeek 31-1
Mr Palmer William Mott 54-1
Noble Tune Chad Brown 50-1
Normandy Invasion Chad Brown 18-1
Orb Claude McGaughey III 13-1
Overanalyze Todd Pletcher 49-1
Oxbow D. Lukas 21-1
Palace Malice Todd Pletcher 42-1
Revolutionary Todd Pletcher 12-1
Shakin It Up Bob Baffert 36-1
Shanghai Bobby Todd Pletcher 18-1
Uncaptured Mark Casse 31-1
Verrazano Todd Pletcher 7-1
Vyjack Rudy Rodriguez 10-1
War Academy Bob Baffert 18-1
Will Take Charge D. Lukas 19-1
All Other Three Ye Unknown Trainer 5-1


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