Kentucky Derby 2013 Odds: Which Horses Did Bettors Capitalize on Most?

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVMay 5, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  Jockey Joel Rosario atop Orb reacts after winning the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It wasn't just 2013 Kentucky Derby champion Orb that got fans and bettors excited Saturday at Churchill Downs. 

Even though Orb became just the fifth favorite in the last 25 years to take victory at Churchill Downs, we saw twists and turns when the final standings were released and found some surprises in the field.

But with early favorites Goldencents, Verrazano and Itsmyluckyday finishing near the back of the pack, it's safe to say a huge number of bettors saw their money flushed down the drain. 

Let's take a look at the horses that bettors hit home runs on Saturday.


2nd place – Golden Soul

If you were one of the few bettors to break the bank for underdog Golden Soul to place on Saturday, you're likely already in Las Vegas by now and nowhere near this article.

Coming in with 34-1 odds, only three horses had a worse chance than Golden Soul. But that didn't stop him from leading the pack much of the mile-and-a-quarter race before being overtaken by Orb. 

Those who bet on Golden Soul to place banked $38.60, which would be a massive payout even for a winner.

To put that into perspective, Orb's first-place finish was only worth $12.80. 


1st place – Orb

Obviously, big winners from Saturday's betting action were the ones who went with the morning-line favorite in Orb.

There were doubts about Orb's consistency throughout the three-year-old's career and questions on whether he could handle the muddy conditions enough to make a late surge on the outside. Also, starting out at the 16th gate didn't help out very much.

But Orb showed why he was heralded as one of the favorites despite the criticism, saving his best for last and sprinting past the field down the final stretch.

Those who bet on Orb (5-1) to win saw a $12.80 payout, one of the lowest-winning payouts in recent memory, but still quite a good return for putting faith in the favorite. 


3rd place – Revolutionary

As one of the favorites heading into Saturday's race with 6-1 odds, most Revolutionary bettors likely placed their money on him reaching the winner's circle. 

But those people who bet "show" on Revolutionary saw a $5.40 payout.

Revolutionary was one of trainer Todd Pletcher's many contenders heading into the big race, and despite the third-place victory, Pletcher has to feel pretty bad about none of his five horses reaching the winner's circle.

But despite that disappointment, there's no doubt that Revolutionary ran brilliantly Saturday and was well deserving of finishing in the top three.


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