Kentucky Derby Results: Most Impressive Performances from 139th Race

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Kentucky Derby Results: Most Impressive Performances from 139th Race
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Saturday night, the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was all too predictably won by Orb, the odds-on best bet heading into the race. 

But just behind the 7-2 favorite were a number of unexpected challengers, who defied their pre-race odds to remain in contention deep into the race. 

Ultimately, some of the consensus top contenders were pushed to the back of the pack as a handful of long shots appeared poised to take bragging rights at "The Run for the Roses" before the horse in No. 14 took over in the dying seconds of the race. 

Here's a look at some of the thoroughbreds that were surprisingly competitive during the first leg of the 2013 Triple Crown on Saturday. 

 

Golden Soul 

Heading into the race at 40-1 odds, Golden Soul was not thought to be a front-runner during the later stages of the race, but the horse in No. 4 was in the thick of it until the very end. 

Orb raced out ahead of the pack in the final quarter-mile, but Golden Soul put on a late push that put him ahead of Revolutionary and Normandy Invasion to capture an unexpected second-place finish.

Though Orb finished two-and-a-half lengths ahead of the heavy underdog, Golden Soul's ability to find another gear during the most critical point in such a storied race bodes well for the future. 

Golden Soul managed to run the race of a lifetime in sloppy conditions, and we may not have heard the last from this long shot.

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Normandy Invasion

As a 9-1 shot, Normandy Invasion was certainly a horse that posed a threat for the crown, but many assumed that he would take a backseat to some of the races' bigger names such as Verrazano or Goldencents. 

But until the home stretch, Normandy Invasion was very much in contention, and if not for Orb and Golden Soul coming on late, he stood a good chance at taking home the title. 

It's a pity, because if Normandy Invasion had been able to produce the late kick, he might've been able to hold off Orb. 

 

Oxbow

Yes, Oxbow finished in sixth place, but the end result isn't indicative of the horse's entire performance on Saturday, as the long shot remained in contention until very late in the race. 

Oxbow, who was pegged as a 33-1 underdog, sat in second place, heading into the second half of the race, and hung around well into the final quarter-mile. 

Unfortunately, as stated above, Golden Soul and Orb left the rest of the field behind, but Oxbow opened some eyes by taking control of the race during the earlier stages of the Kentucky Derby. 

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