A field of 20 horses will take to the track this weekend for the 139th Run for the Roses, better known as the 2013 Kentucky Derby.
The annual horse-racing celebration kicks off the Triple Crown on the first Saturday in May, and is considered to be the most exciting two minutes in sports.
While long shots always have a chance to shock the world on the one-and-a-quarter-mile dirt track, much like I'll Have Another in 2012, there are a handful of decorated favorites expected to cruise on Saturday.
Here we'll showcase the most decorated thoroughbreds set to run at Churchill Downs on May 4.
Career Starts: 7
Career Wins: 4
Notable Wins: Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, Grade I Florida Derby
Of all the decorated horses set to run this weekend, Orb looks like the horse to beat at Churchill Downs. Shug McGaughey's horse has been lightning fast in his preparation and has finished first in his last four races.
Winner of March's Grade I Florida Derby, Orb also picked up a signature victory at the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes one month prior. The strong colt earned 150 Kentucky Derby points this season and will be ridden by jockey Joel Rosario this weekend.
So long as he keeps progressing at his current rate, Orb could very well wind up draped in roses on Saturday.
Career Starts: 4
Career Wins: 4
Notable Wins: Grade II Tampa Bay Derby, Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes
It's hard to start a career as well as Verrazano has. The powerful colt, that will be ridden by 2011 Kentucky Derby-winning jockey John Velazquez this weekend, has won all four of his career races.
Verrazano jumped out to the front early in his two biggest wins at the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby and the Grade I Wood Memorial Stakes, running toward the top all race long and fending off the rest of the field with relative ease.
With 4-1 odds to win the 139th Run for the Roses on Saturday, according to AllHorseRacing.ag, Verrazano is the early odds-on favorite to win the opening leg of the 2013 Triple Crown.
And with a resume as flawless as his, it's not difficult to see why.
Career Starts: 6
Career Wins: 3
Notable Wins: Grade III Withers Stakes, Grade II Louisiana Derby
Revolutionary made a late charge from the back of the pack to edge Mylute in the Grade II Louisiana Derby last March, affirming himself as a legitimate 2013 Kentucky Derby contender.
Trained by the well-known Todd Pletcher, Revolutionary has one of the best resumes of any horse in the field, and will surely be ready to compete on Saturday.
Although Orb and Verrazano will be awfully tough to beat over 10 furlongs, Revolutionary has shown that he possesses the extra gear required to finish strong at the Derby.
The last Pletcher-trained horse to win the Derby was Super Saver in 2010.
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