Kentucky Derby 2013: Horses with Best Odds of Winning at Churchill Downs

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IMay 1, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30:  Goldencents trained by Doug O'Neill waits to go onto the track during the morning training in preperation for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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With the 2013 Kentucky Derby mere days away, its time to start evaluating the field and identifying some potential winners that will emerge from the pack.

While the post position draw on Wednesday night will certainly have an impact on the odds of each contender, there are a handful of horses that are a cut above the rest and should be able to hit the board in the Run for the Roses.

Let’s take a look at these competitors and break down why they deserve a strong bet to win Saturday’s race.


Goldencents: 10-1

You’re going to hear plenty about this horse over the next few days, as there is quite an interesting team behind Goldencents.

He’s co-owned by Louisville Cardinals basketball coach Rick Pitino, trained by Doug O’Neill (winner of the Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2012 with I’ll Have Another) and being ridden by Kevin Krigger—who hopes to become the first black jockey to win this event since 1902.

Aside from those storylines, Goldencents is a legitimate contender that has more than fair odds to be adorned with the blanket of roses on May 4.

After a decent prep career, the colt finished up with a victory in the Santa Anita Derby and boosted momentum heading into this historic Triple Crown event at Churchill Downs.

Goldencents has a style that is well suited for the 10-furlong stretch that this race covers, as he prefers to take an early lead and use his blistering speed and surprising stamina to remain there from wire to wire.

Don’t be surprised if Goldencents flies out of the gate and doesn’t slow down until after he crosses the finish line.


Revolutionary: 8-1

Revolutionary is a contender that hasn’t been able to catch many breaks leading up to the Run for the Roses.

He’s a Todd Pletcher-trained colt that has every bit of speed and endurance required to run away with a race like this, but nearly had his hopes derailed by bad luck and bumps from other horses early on.

The thoroughbred finally broke his maiden Aqueduct in his fourth start and shortly thereafter won the Louisiana Derby to claim a spot in the field at Churchill Downs.

Pletcher decided to bring in an experienced jockey to help this powerful but sometimes unlucky colt. Hall of Famer Calvin Borel—who is famous for his exploits along the rail—will be aboard Revolutionary in this event.

If they are able to get away from the traffic of the 20-horse field, Borel is talented enough to bring Revolutionary to the rail—regardless of starting position. After that, it’s up to the horse to use his speed and power to surge from behind and claim a victory.


Verrazano: 9-2

Verrazano is the co-favorite (along with Orb) to win the 2013 Kentucky Derby. If you’ve ever watched this horse race, or even seen him gallop in practice, you’d instantly know why.

The strong, powerful bay colt is yet another trainee of Pletcher and has done nothing but rack up wins during his short but memorable prep schedule.

This three-year-old didn’t start racing until New Years’ Day of 2013 and absolutely dominated the competition at both the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial at Aqueduct.

He’s able to sit just off the lead and effortlessly make his way to the front after the turn, leaving the rest of the pack in his dust.

With John Velazquez on board, there’s no doubt in my mind that Verrazano is going to hit the board in the Run for the Roses. It just remains to be seen if any other horse will even make it a close race.


2013 Kentucky Derby | Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. | Purse: $2.18 Million | Grade I | Distance: 10 furlongs | Post Time: 7-7:30 p.m. ET




Black Onyx

Kelly Breen


Charming Kitten

Todd Pletcher


Falling Sky

John Terranova, II


Fear the Kitten

Mike Maker


Frac Daddy

Kenny McPeek



Doug O'Neill


Golden Soul

Dallas Stewart



Edward Plesa, Jr.


Java's War

Kenneth McPeek


Lines of Battle

Aidan O'Brien



Tom Amoss


Normandy Invasion

Chad Brown



Claude McGaughey III



Todd Pletcher



D. Lukas


Palace Malice

Todd Pletcher



Todd Pletcher



Todd Pletcher



Rudy Rodriguez


Will Take Charge

D. Lukas


*Odds via, current as of Wednesday, May 1 at 8:30 a.m. ET