Kentucky Derby Results: Goldencents and Most Surprising Finishes

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Kentucky Derby Results: Goldencents and Most Surprising Finishes
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The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was full of excitement and a few surprises.

The wet and wild 139th running of the Kentucky Derby is over. Orb lived up to his lofty expectations and took home the coveted roses. However, not all of the field would make the bettors happy. 

Some of the major contenders simply couldn’t handle the adverse conditions and weren’t able to recover in time to make a good run, which opened the door for other horses to step up. 

Here are some of the most surprising finishes from the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.

 

Goldencents

Goldencents was one of the major favorites coming into the race Saturday, at one point having 7-1 odds placed on him. Goldencents received a lot of media attention coming into the historic event because of his owner, Louisville men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino. 

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Goldencents had a lot of pressure to take home a victory in Kentucky, but just couldn't get the job done.

Goldencents had some extremely impressive performances coming into the Derby, including a debut victory at Del Mar of over seven lengths. The horse then went on to put up an impressive second-place finish in Champagne and took another victory in the Delta Jackpot. 

This horse had lofty expectations and a lot of the media’s attention but just couldn’t get the job done when it came down to the race. Goldencents was one of the horses that looked bogged down and struggled in the sloppy conditions. He started out as a major contender and was only able to muster a 17th-place finish in the field of 19, finishing over 49 lengths behind the winner. 

 

Verrazano

Verrazano is another horse that came into this race with serious expectations. Verrazano did better than Goldencents but certainly didn’t live up to all the hubbub. 

Verrazano came into the race with wins at Wood Memorial and the Tampa Bay Derby and had a few extremely impressive performances before taking the track in Kentucky. 

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Verrazano had much nicer weather for his early runs and practice and couldn't adjust during the rainy Kentucky Derby.

As one of the major contenders coming into the race, a lot was expected of Verrazano, especially because he was trained by Todd Pletcher. Pletcher trained 2010 Derby winner Super Saver and led all trainers in monies won in 2011. 

Verrazano had a lot going for him as he came into the race, but in the end he came up over 15 lengths short of a victory and was one of the many horses who couldn’t keep up with the speedy pace of the race. 

 

Golden Soul

Golden Soul makes this list for a different reason from the other two. Golden Soul outdid himself and surprised everyone as he crossed the finish line just two-and-a-half lengths behind the winner, Orb, as he took home a second-place victory at the Kentucky Derby. 

Soul placed fourth at the Louisiana Derby and second at Lecomte before taking on the field in the Kentucky Derby, and due to his impressive pedigree which includes his sire, Perfect Soul, the former Canadian champion turf horse, Golden Soul was expected to perform much better on turf than anything else. 

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Golden Soul surpassed his expectations and took home a second place victory at the Kentucky Derby.

Golden Soul was able to thrive in the mud and muck and stayed solid throughout the race—solid enough to come in second place. 

Trainers can now add mud and rainy conditions to the list of what Golden Soul should run on, because he surprised everyone and made anyone who picked him at the 31-1 pre-race odds a big winner at the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. 

 

Full Results

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