Kentucky Derby Results: Most Surprising Finishes from 139th Run for the Roses

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMay 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  Palace Malice ridden by Mike Smith leads the field down the backstretch during the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Jamey Price/Getty Images)
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The 139th Kentucky Derby is complete, with highly favored Orb taking the top prize ahead of Golden Soul and a fast-finishing Revolutionary on the side rail.

Palace Malice set the pace early in a rain-soaked affair which created for very interesting track conditions, and despite being conquered by Normandy Invasion coming around the home turn, it was Orb who would find the lead midway down the straight and hold that lead for victory.

And despite the fact that the winner might not have been as unexpected this year, there were still several surprising finishes from the 139th Run for the Roses.

Read on to see which horses they were and how they fared in the big race.


2013 Kentucky Derby: Complete Standings for Entire Field

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


2013 Kentucky Derby: Most Surprising Finishes

Golden Soul, 2nd Place

Few would have picked Golden Soul to leave a mark on the race—especially given his long odds and his relatively poor form on wet tracks in recent history.

As a stretch-runner, it was thought that the long shot in the race would struggle on the long straight at Churchill Downs. But much like Orb, he came down the outside with a strong run that saw him finish second on the day—a pleasantly surprisingly result for connections, no doubt.


Palace Malice, 12th Place

Palace Malice set a blistering pace early in the race that seriously strung out the field. The likes of Verrazano and Oxbow tried to keep with him, yet even still, Palace Malice entered the home stretch with a share of the lead alongside Normandy Invasion.

And then the collapse came.

He clearly ran out of energy and started to die on his run—struggling to get any momentum in the sluggish track conditions. He eventually finished in 12th position and a staggering distance behind the winning horse in Orb—potentially left to rue the decision to take the lead early in the race.


Verrazano, 14th Place

One week ago, Verrazano was the favorite for the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

Yet after watching the greatest two minutes in sports, it was clear that Verrazano was a long way behind Orb in terms of wet-track form and big-race performances.

After impressive wins in the Grade II Tampa Bay Derby and the Grade I Wood Memorial, Verrazano tried to stick with Palace Malice early and was burned in the process—unable to maintain his momentum down the stretch and fading badly to finish in 14th position.


Goldencents, 17th Place

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino may have had success in March Madness, but the same could not be said for his horse Goldencents, which struggled mightily in the sluggish conditions.

Goldencents finished a staggering 49.5 lengths behind the winner Orb and was never a contender in the race. He didn't get going around the turn and was unable to muster any sort of a strong finish down the straight and ended up one of the biggest losers from horse racing's most prestigious event.


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