Kentucky Derby 2013 Favorites: Top Horses to Watch in the Derby

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07:  Jockey Javier Castellano, rding Derby Kitten #9, during the 137th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 7, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The excitement over the 2013 Kentucky Derby this Saturday from Churchill Downs is through the roof, but the focus on the favorites in this race has hardcore and casual fans alike trying to find the top horses to watch.

Just ask NFL legend Warren Moon:

While there are several strong horses in this field that could steal the show Saturday, all of the following colts have been put in a great position to succeed in the first leg of the Triple Crown and America’s most prestigious horse race.

All betting information via Bovada and all stats courtesy of Horse Racing Nation.



There is no horse in the 2013 Derby field more talented than Verrazano, but after drawing the 14th post position for Saturday’s big race, the colt is not the overall favorite.

Instead, Verrazano is listed as the No. 2 favorite at 9-2 odds.

Verrazano has raced in four career events coming into the Kentucky Derby and has won each of them—including the Wood Memorial in April—making the colt one of the rare few that enter the first leg of the Triple Crown undefeated.

Not only does Verrazano have the size, strength and speed to be a winner, the fact that he is trained by the legendary Todd Pletcher proves that he will race hard throughout and be in contention for the win at the end.



Before the post positions were announced, Overanalyze was one of the favorites to win the whole Derby. After it was announced that the horse would be starting from the ninth post position, the odds for Overanalyze have fallen to 15-to-1.

Another Todd Pletcher-trained horse, Overanalyze has won four of seven career races—including a huge win at the Arkansas Derby in April—making this stallion a favorite Saturday.

The biggest key for Overanalyze is that two of the horse’s four wins came on 1 1/8-mile tracks, making the slightly longer distance of the Kentucky Derby a possible blessing in disguise for the late-charging colt.

Look for Overanalyze to show at the very least.



At 33-1 odds, it’s hard to call Oxbow a favorite in the eyes of the gambling community. However, with the No. 2 post position and two previous victories in the horse’s career, there is little doubt that Oxbow would be a safe bet to show on Saturday.

The inside lane is so important at Churchill Downs, and as one of the fastest starters in the field, Oxbow will have the opportunity to get out in front early and stay along the rail throughout the race.

Add in the fact that this colt is trained by four-time Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas, and Oxbow is a favorite to finish in the top three in this race and possibly even shock the world with a huge victory.