Kentucky Derby 2013 Odds: Best Bets for First Leg of the Triple Crown

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIMay 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Orb runs on the track during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Saturday evening's Kentucky Derby features plenty of exciting horses, and there are some great odds out there that bettors will consider taking.

Let’s go ahead and take a look at some of the best bets for the race at Churchill Downs.

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Orb: 7-2 odds

It’s quite clear that Orb is one of the hottest horses in racing now. The young colt has actually won four straight races dating back to last November.

Orb is also being trained by one of the best trainers in Claude McGaughey III, who was inducted into the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame in 2004.

There’s a reason Orb is one of the favorites to win the Derby. With so much success in recent races, it’s not a stretch to think that he will be winning on Saturday.


Revolutionary: 10-1 odds

Although Revolutionary is only at 10-1 odds, there’s a lot this horse has going for him.

Yet another horse on a hot streak, Revolutionary has won three straight races, including the Louisiana Derby at the end of March.

The famous Calvin Borel will be riding Revolutionary on Saturday. He has won three Kentucky Derby titles, coming in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Todd Pletcher has been training Revolutionary, and he has four Eclipse Awards under his belt.

As long as Revolutionary can keep solid footing on what will likely be a muddy track, he certainly has a good shot to pull off a win. With an excellent jockey and trainer, Revolutionary is in great shape.


Verrazano: 4-1 odds

Yet another horse with great odds, Verrazano has a lot going for him, which very well could translate into a big win.

It seems that Pletcher always has a few horses in the Kentucky Derby, and this year is no exception, with Revolutionary as well as Verrazano. This horse is also undefeated so far in his short career, winning each of his first four races.

Verrazano is also in great shape coming out of the 14 hole. He will have a bit more space coming out of the gate, and the initial start will be critical, especially if the track it wet and muddy.

All eyes will be on Verrazano to see if he can keep this undefeated streak going. It’s not a guarantee, but Verrazano is looking really good heading into Saturday.