Kentucky Derby Results: Analysis of Orb and Other Top Finishers

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMay 5, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:   Joel Rosario atop Orb celebrates 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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The 2013 Kentucky Derby was won by Orb, who surged to the front down the final straightaway and wound up cruising to victory by two-and-a-half lengths.

34-to-1 long shot Golden Soul was the next to cross the finish line, followed by another big favorite in Revolutionary.

Below is a complete list of the results, along with the payout schedule for the top-three horses in this edition of the most exciting two minutes in sports. Then we'll look at those who finished best in the 139th Run for the Roses.

Note: All information and odds, unless otherwise indicated, are courtesy of

2013 Kentucky Derby | Churchill Downs, Louisville, Ky. | Purse: $2.18 Million | Grade I | Distance: 10 furlongs

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

Payout Schedule

Horse Win Place Show
$12.80 $7.40 $5.40
Golden Soul
$38.60 $19.40


$2 Exacta: (16-4) paid $981.60; $1 Trifecta: (16-4-3) paid $3,462.80; $1 Superfecta: (16-4-3-5) paid $28,542.00.

Analysis of Top Performers

Orb (5-1)

Jockey Joel Rosario mounted his 130th winning horse of 2013 in his triumphant first victory in the Kentucky Derby. He continues to thrive despite an incredibly busy schedule.

Golf Channel's Matt Ginella made an appropriate cross-sports analogy in reference to how well Orb charged from 15th halfway through the race to a commanding lead on the final straightaway:

Perhaps the best element of Orb's win was the fact that he did it for Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey. As a native of Lexington, Kentucky, McGaughey has toiled away for years in trying to win the big one at Churchill Downs.

It had been since 1989 at the Belmont Stakes when McGaughey last captured a jewel in the Triple Crown, and now he has a chance to notch the sport's elusive trifecta.

Horse racing PR representative Jim Gluckson logged a simple, relieved statement McGaughey made after the long-awaited breakthrough:

Orb will continue his pursuit of the Triple Crown at the Preakness Stakes on May 18. And with Rosario on board, should have as good of a chance as anyone yet again.

Golden Soul (34-1)

Being sandwiched between the top favorites will diminish the story behind Golden Soul a bit, but his run was among the most shocking developments in the race.

The difficult conditions and relatively sloppy track didn't faze this long shot, who was ridden phenomenally by Robby Albarado.

Neither the swiftest nor the most physically imposing, the three-year-old was able to keep up with the fast early pace set by Palace Malice while still possessing the necessary energy and stamina to bolt past nearly the entire field.

It's unlikely that many people wagered any serious coin on Golden Soul, but Jim Chairusmi of the Wall Street Journal's Sports Retort Podcast did. Though he hails himself as a well-informed analyst, Chairusmi's bet on the big surprise was the result of a chance encounter:

Golden Soul's strong showing is part of what makes the Derby so exciting, and it is a stellar achievement no matter what the horse does for the rest of his career. 

Revolutionary (6-1)

Pat Forde of Yahoo! indicated before the race which horses had won on wet tracks, and the headliner was Revolutionary:

The Todd Pletcher-trained thoroughbred was a co-favorite in the Derby along with Orb until the final hour before the starting gates opened.

It was an admirable effort, but the Louisiana Derby winner couldn't quite muster enough down the stretch to come away with the gold trophy on Saturday.

Everything was set up for success for Revolutionary—one of the best trainers ever and a three-time Kentucky Derby-winning jockey in Calvin Borel. The No. 3 post position was thought to give him an advantage, since he's renowned for his ability to make moves close to the rail.

Black Onyx's scratch from the first post was thought to free Revolutionary up even more. The run that Orb made was just too much to overcome, and Golden Soul proved tougher than expected from the fourth post position.


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