The 139th Kentucky Derby was exciting and came with a few surprises in the field.
What has 76 hooves, bad weather and funny hats?
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The most exciting two minutes in sports lived up to the hype in what was a muddy and rainy running of the Kentucky Derby. Here are the full results from the latest installment of the "Run for the Roses."
|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|
This year's race marks just the fifth time in the last 25 years that the favorite went on to win, giving the winner, Orb, a solid chance at winning the ever-elusive Triple Crown.
While Orb was no surprise at the top, this year's race didn't go all chalk. There were still a few big surprises at the Derby. Here are three of the biggest:
Verrazano was supposed to be one of the major contenders going into the Kentucky Derby. He was undefeated in four races, including wins at the Tampa Bay Derby and Wood Memorial. He was given 9-1 odds going into the race and was considered a big threat to the field (KentuckyDerby.com).
Verrazano had a ton going for him, especially considering the fact that he was trained by the very talented Todd Pletcher who trained Super Saver—the horse that won the 2010 Kentucky Derby—and led all trainers in monies earned in 2011.
Unfortunately for Verrazano and his bettors, he never really was a factor on race day.
Whether it was the adverse weather conditions or it was just an off day, Verrazano certainly didn't live up to the hype at the Kentucky Derby, which came as a big surprise.
Revolutionary was another one of the pre-race favorites. Fans and experts have been praising his glory all week long, considering Revolutionary the front-runner until the late bets started coming in for Orb. Revolutionary was supposed to be one of the best horses on the track and while he did lock up a third-place finish, a lot more was expected of him.
Revolutionary had not only Todd Pletcher as his trainer, but also had decorated jockey Calvin Borel at the helm for the race. He had to win, right?
Borel and Revolutionary finished in the money, but with one of the best trainers and one of the best jockeys, it was surprising that he couldn't pull of a big win.
Another disappointing surprise came in Goldencents. Pre-race odds for Rick Pitino's horse came in at 7-1, making him a big-time contender for the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Goldencents came into the Derby with impressive performances, including a debut victory at Del Mar of over seven lengths. He then placed second at Champagne, with a few other impressive runs sprinkled in between.
The weather seemed to really be an issue for this strong horse who just got bogged down in the muck, which was way too much for him to handle during the final stretch, which was surprising for a horse that had so much success coming into the historic race.