Kentucky Derby 2013 Entries: Well-Trained Underdogs That Are Sure to Cause Havoc

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 3, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 27: Overanalyze, riden by Gary Stevens, and Palace Malice, riden by Mike Smith, work out together during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 27, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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It's certainly no secret that betting favorites have struggled to get over the hump at the Kentucky Derby in recent years, including Bodemeister, who was upended by underdog I'll Have Another in last year's Run for the Roses.

It's been five years since a betting favorite won it all at Churchill Downs—Big Brown in 2008. The last four winners have overcome the odds, highlighted by Mine That Bird's memorable run in 2009, winning despite 50-1 odds.

This May, the pressure falls on Orb, the 7-2 betting favorite. The Grade I Florida Derby winner will start from a favorable post, however. Post No. 16 has produced four Derby winners since 1995, including 2011 champion Animal Kingdom.

But in Orb's way are a handful of well-trained underdogs with nothing to lose and everything to gain.

Here we'll get you set for the most exciting two minutes in sports, breaking down the biggest underdog threats along the way.


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

*Post positions via the Kentucky Derby's official Twitter account. Odds courtesy of NBC Sports, via WDRB's Steve Andress.

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Black Onyx
Joe Bravo
Kelly Breen
2  Oxbow
Gary Stevens
D. Wayne Lukas
3 Revolutionary  Calvin Borel  Todd Pletcher
4 Golden Soul Robby Albarado  Dallas Stewart  50-1
5 Normandy Invasion
Javier Castellano
Chad Brown
6 Mylute
Rosie Napravnik
Tom Amoss
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
15 Charming Kitten
Edgar Prado
Todd Pletcher
16 Orb Joel Rosario
Claude R. McGaughey III
17 Will Take Charge Jon Court
D. Wayne Lukas
18 Frac Daddy Victor Lebron  Kenny McPeek
19 Java's War  Julien Leparoux  Kenny McPeek  15-1
20 Vyjack Garrett Gomez
Rudy Rodriguez


Overanalyze, 15-1

Well-known trainer Todd Pletcher has five horses in this year's Kentucky Derby, including one of the favorites, Verrazano. But big things are no doubt expected of Verrazano this Saturday.

If you're looking for a horse flying slightly under the radar that's capable of wreaking havoc around the 1 1/4-mile dirt track at Churchill Downs this weekend, look no further than Overanalyze. The impressive colt is coming off a win at the Grade I Arkansas Derby last month and boasts four first-place finishes in seven career starts. 

Overanalyze certainly has the speed and the stamina in his arsenal to outlast the field. He will start from post No. 9 on Saturday, right alongside one of the other favorites, Goldencents.


Itsmyluckyday, 15-1

Trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., Itsmyluckyday pushed this year's favorite, Orb at the Grade I Florida Derby last March. Before that, he won the Gulfstream Park Derby and the Grade III Holy Bull Stakes at Gulfstream Park.

Starting from post No. 12 with 15-1 odds to win on Saturday, Plesa's colt looks like a real threat to the favorites. He should at least stir things up in the early goings. 

Itmyluckyday will look to become the first horse since Canonero II in 1971 to win the Run for the Roses from post No. 12. Even if he doesn't, he definitely has the talent to finish in the money and cause some post-race havoc.


Palace Malice, 20-1

Another Todd Pletcher-trained horse, Palace Malice will start from a very favorable post this weekend, smack dab in the middle in post No. 10.

Oddly enough, Palace Malice will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, who won the Kentucky Derby in 2005 atop Giacomo, who was the last horse to win from post No. 10.

After struggling at the Grade II Louisiana Derby in March, posting a seventh-place finish, Pletcher's underrated thoroughbred bounced back in a big way last month at the Grade I Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, finishing as runner-up right behind Java's War.

Although the finish left plenty to be desired, his potential was clearly on display.

With only one victory in six career starts, there aren't many people riding the Palace Malice bandwagon this spring. But that can only make the Pletcher-trained colt more of a threat running out of the middle on Saturday.


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