Kentucky Derby 2013 Horses: Contenders That Are Built for Churchill Downs Track

Michael DulkaContributor IApril 30, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 28:  Jennifer Patterson rides Orb 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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The 2013 Kentucky Derby will ultimately decide which horse is best built to win the prestigious race, but certain horses will enter the race with distinct advantages. Whether that's elite speed, power, pedigree or some combination, those horses will have the best chance of conquering the Churchill Downs track.

In recent years, surprises have ruled the day as I'll Have Another and Animal Kingdom won the race in the last two years. This year, there are a number of horses that are serious contenders to win the Kentucky Derby.

Numerous factors lead to certain horses being more likely to win than others. Here is a look at which contending horses are built for this race.



This horse is coming off three straight victories and is primed to make a strong push at the Kentucky Derby. In those races, Revolutionary showed a powerful racing style that makes him a strong contender in this race and any other.

His quick acceleration is definitely capable of setting him apart from the rest of the field. With great stamina, Revolutionary is well-suited for the distance at Churchill Downs. 

Revolutionary's great pedigree also has him in good position heading into the race. His sire War Pass gave him elite speed, while that stamina comes from his dam Runup the Colors. Revolutionary has the tools needed to contend. 



Another horse entering this race on a hot streak, Orb has been impressive in the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby. Through the practice runs, Orb has shown great command over the track, while powering his way to strong results.

Orb has proven himself as a smart horse that is capable of pulling out a close race in the final moments. In a crowded Kentucky Derby field, Orb might need to do just that. 

Orb possesses some of the finest pedigree of the horses involved in this year's race. Bred and raised by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable, Orb has everything needed to be successful with the distance of Churchill Downs.

With sire Malibu Moon and dam Lady Liberty, this horse has a great blend of stamina and power. 


Lines of Battle

Lines of Battle won't be atop the list of favorites like Revolutionary and Orb will be, but he's built for Churchill Downs.

Unlike a good number of horses at the top, there is no question that Lines of Battle can compete at the length of the Derby track. He's a very balanced horse with a strong mix of power and stamina. 

Lines of Battle, just like the previously mentioned horses, has the pedigree needed to compete on this long track. His sire War Front is known for being a sprinter with strong, powerful speed. His dam, Black Speck, passes down great stamina and has proven his worthy genes with three previous stakes racers.