Kentucky Derby Field 2013: Everything to Know About Each Horse and Jockey

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Kentucky Derby Field 2013: Everything to Know About Each Horse and Jockey
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There are two components that are 100 percent involved in the Run for the Roses at the Kentucky Derby. 

One is the horses; the other is the jockeys. 

You can't have a horse race without a horse, and you would be hard-pressed to watch the same horses run around the track without jockeys to steer them in the right direction. Sure—trainers, owners and breeders play a big role in the process that eventually leads three-year-old thoroughbreds to Churchill Downs, but this race is all about the human-horse component we all know and love. 

Naturally, we've got you covered with both before this American classic kicks off on Saturday afternoon in Kentucky. 

Much of the attention so far has been heaped toward Orb, Verrazano and Goldencents—the three horses that were the odds-on favorites when posting and odds were announced at the track on Wednesday afternoon. 

Orb and Verrazano got favorable outside draws (16 and 14, respectively), while Goldencents was locked in at No. 8, a spot that will truly test jockey Kevin Krigger as he attempts to become the first African American Derby winner since 1902. 

Other storylines include no horse trained by Bob Baffert in this race for the first time since 2008 and some of the dark-horse names (Revolutionary, Itsmyluckyday, Normandy Invasion, Palace Malice) all asserting themselves after a favorable draw on Wednesday in the clubhouse. 

Last year's jockey winner, Mario Gutierrez, will not be one of the 20 jockeys saddling up on Saturday, but five other jockeys who have won the bouquet of roses will be in the field, making for an exciting mix of experience and youth in the gate. 

From pedigree to how top jockeys have stacked up at this race in the past, all 40 horses and jockeys are represented in the bottom portion of this piece. Not a racing buff? That's OK, you should be after edging up on some of your horse and jockey chatter to use at work or on Saturday when the race gets going. 

 

2013 Kentucky Derby Post Positions

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Black Onyx
Joe Bravo
Kelly Breen
50-1
2  Oxbow
Gary Stevens
D. Wayne Lukas
30-1
3 Revolutionary  Calvin Borel  Todd Pletcher
10-1
4 Golden Soul Robby Albarado  Dallas Stewart  50-1 
5 Normandy Invasion
Javier Castellano
Chad Brown
12-1
6 Mylute
Rosie Napravnik
Tom Amoss
15-1
7 Giant Finish Jose L. Espinoza  Anthony W. Dutrow  50-1 
8 Goldencents  Kevin Krigger  Doug O'Neill  5-1 
9 Overanalyze  Rafael Bejarano  Todd Pletcher  15-1 
10 Palace Malice  Mike Smith  Todd Pletcher  20-1 
11 Lines of Battle  Ryan Moore  Aidan O'Brien  30-1
12 Itsmyluckyday  Elvis Trujillo Eddie Plesa, Jr.  15-1 
13 Falling Sky  Luis Saez  John Terranova II  50-1 
14 Verrazano
John R. Velazquez
Todd Pletcher
4-1 
15 Charming Kitten
Edgar Prado
Todd Pletcher
20-1
16 Orb Joel Rosario
Claude R. McGaughey III
7-2
17 Will Take Charge Jon Court
D. Wayne Lukas
20-1
18 Frac Daddy Victor Lebron  Kenny McPeek
50-1 
19 Java's War  Julien Leparoux  Kenny McPeek  15-1 
20 Vyjack Garrett Gomez
Rudy Rodriguez
15-1

*Odds courtesy the NBC Sports Network broadcast, can also be found at DRF.com. Post positions via the Kentucky Derby's official Twitter account.

 

Complete Horse/Jockey Breakdown

 

Black Onyx/Joe Bravo

Derby Post 1
Best Finish 1st, Spiral Stakes (G3)      
Father Rock Hard Ten
Mother Kalahari Cat
Owner Sterling Racing Stables LLC
Jockey Derby Wins 0


Oxbow/Gary Stevens

Derby Post 2
Best Finish 1st, Lecomte (G3)        
Father Awesome Again
Mother Tizamazing
Owner Bluegrass Hall LLC
Jockey Derby Wins 3 (1988, 1995, 1997)

 

Revolutionary/Calvin Borel

Calvin Borel

Derby Post 3
Best Finish 1st, Withers (G3) and Louisiana Derby (G2) 
Father War Pass
Mother Runup the Colors
Owner WinStar Farm LLC
Jockey Derby Wins 3 (2007, 2009, 2010)

 

Golden Soul/Robby Albarado

Derby Post 4
Best Finish 2nd, Lecomte (G3)
Father Perfect Soul
Mother Hollywood Gold
Owner Charles E. Fipke
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Normandy Invasion/Javier Castellano

Derby Post 5
Best Finish 2nd, Wood Memorial (G1) and Remsen (G2) 
Father Tapit
Mother Boston Lady
Owner Fox Hill Farms, Inc.
Jockey Derby Wins 0


Mylute/Rosie Napravnik

Derby Post 6
Best Finish 2nd, Louisiana Derby (G2) and Jean Lafitte 
Father Midnight Lute
Mother Stage Stop
Owner Gold Mark Farm, LLC
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Giant Finish/Jose L. Espinoza

Derby Post 7
Best Finish 2nd, John Battaglia Memorial 
Father Frost Giant
Mother Apocalyptic 
Owner Andy Cohen
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Goldencents/Kevin Krigger

Derby Post 8
Best Finish 1st, Santa Anita Derby (G1), Sham Stakes/Delta Downs Jackpot (G3)
Father Into Mischief 
Mother Golden Works 
Owner Dave Kenney—W.C. Racing 
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Overanalyze/Rafael Bejarano 

Derby Post 9
Best Finish 1st, Arkansas Derby (G1), Remsen and Futurity (G2)
Father Dixie Union
Mother Unacloud
Owner Repole Stable
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Palace Malice/Mike Smith

Derby Post 10
Best Finish 2nd, Blue Grass (G1)
Father Curlin
Mother Palace Ruler
Owner Dogwood Stable
Jockey Derby Wins 1 (2005)

 

Lines of Battle/Ryan Moore

Derby Post 11
Best Finish 1st, UAE Derby (G2)
Father War Front
Mother Black Speck
Owner Allen/Magnier/Smith/Tabor
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Itsmyluckyday/Elvis Trujillo

Derby Post 12
Best Finish 1st, Holy Bull Stakes (G3), Gulfstream Park Derby
Father Lawyer Ron
Mother Viva La Slew
Owner Laurie Plesa—Trilogy Stables
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Falling Sky/Luis Saez

Derby Post 13
Horse Best Finish 1st, Sam F. Davis (G3)
Father Lion Heart
Mother Sea Dragoness
Owner Newtown Anner Stud
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Verrazano/John R. Velazquez

Derby Post 14
Best Finish 1st, Wood Memorial (G1), Tampa Bay Derby (G2) 
Father More Than Ready
Mother Enchanted Rock 
Owner Magnier/Smith/Tabor—Let's Go Stable
Jockey Derby Wins 1 (2011)

 

Charming Kitten/Edgar Prado

Derby Post 15
Best Finish 1st, Kitten's Joy Stakes
Father Kitten's Joy 
Mother Iteration
Owner Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey
Jockey Derby Wins 1 (2006)

 

Orb/Joel Rosario

Derby Post 16
Best Finish 1st, Florida Derby (G1), Fountain of Youth (G2)
Father Malibu Moon 
Mother Lady Liberty
Owner Stuart S. Janney III—Phipps Stable 
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Will Take Charge/Jon Court

Derby Post 17
Best Finish 1st, Rebel Stakes (G2), Smarty Jones 
Father Unbridled's Song
Mother Take Charge Lady
Owner Willis D. Horton
Jockey Derby Wins 0


Frac Daddy/Victor Lebron

Derby Post 18
Best Finish 2nd, Arkansas Derby (G1), Kentucky Jockey Club (G2)
Father Scat Daddy
Mother Skipper's Mate
Owner Magic City Thoroughbred Partners
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Java's War/Julien Leparoux

Derby Post 19
Best Finish 1st, Blue Grass (G1) 
Father War Pass
Mother Java
Owner Charles E. Fipke
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

Vyjack/Garrett Gomez

Derby Post 20
Best Finish 1st, Gotham Stakes (G3) and Jerome Handicap (G2)
Father Into Mischief
Mother Life Happened
Owner Pick Six Racing
Jockey Derby Wins 0

 

*Information from Horseracingnation.com was used to compile this report. 

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