Kentucky Derby Results: Most Disappointing Performances from Historic Race

Daine Pavloski@@dpavloskiAnalyst IIMay 5, 2013

The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was exciting but had some major disappointments.
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was exciting but had some major disappointments.Rob Carr/Getty Images

The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was wild and crazy. It didn't matter that the weather wasn't exactly cooperating with all of the fancy hats and mint juleps, or that the track was a mess. The horses and their jockeys still took to the track to settle the first leg of the highly sought-after Triple Crown. 

While some horses like Orb and Revolutionary got the job done and performed how they were expected to, some horses didn't exactly live up to the hype and couldn't get the best of the sloppy track at Churchill Downs. 

Here are three horses that had very disappointing showings in the Derby. 


Verrazano was arguably the biggest disappointment at Churchill Downs. Verrazano came into the race as one of the early overall favorites to win, but he didn't even come close. This monster of a horse came into this epic race with an undefeated record through four races and looked like one of the horses to beat. 

Instead, he took 14th place and never even threatened the field throughout the course of the race. Verrazano's performance was extremely disappointing considering he was one of the many horses in the Derby trained by Todd Pletcher, one of the best trainers in the game, who trained the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver. 

To add injury to insult, after the dust settled some of Verrazano's caretakers tweeted this:

While it doesn't appear to be too serious, it's still an injury that could've been a major factor in the race and may play in to whether or not he can run at the Preakness Stakes on May 18. 


Not even Rick Pitino could coax a Kentucky Derby win—heck, even a decent showing—out of Goldencents at the Derby. Goldencents came into the race with 7-1 odds (according to and was one of the early favorites in the field. 

He certainly didn't run like he was a favorite. 

Goldencents had an incredibly disappointing performance, coming in 17th place in the field of 19. Goldencents didn't just lose, he was a full 49 lengths behind the winner, Orb. 

He had a lot of promise in the months leading up to the race, picking up a huge debut win at Del Mar and an impressive second-place performance at Champagne. Goldencents just couldn't seem to get over the mud and didn't perform up to his lofty expectations. 

But hey, Pitino can't always win, right? 

Normandy Invasion

Normandy Invasion didn't do that bad, getting fourth place with his jockey Javier Castellano, but while fourth doesn't look all that bad, it is out of the money, and a lot more was expected out of this horse. 

Invasion's disappointing performance can't be seen in the results like the others—his letdown showed during the race. He looked fantastic in the early goings of the race. It really looked like he was going to overcome the weather and perform up to all the hype placed on him. 

Instead, he got all the way to the back stretch and even found himself in the lead late in the race only to be blown past by Orb during his ridiculous sprint to victory. 

Normandy Invasion would then just...slow down. He just coasted to the finish and let two more horses pass him, taking him, his jockey, his owners and trainers and everyone who bet on him, out of the money. 

Here are full results from the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby:

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


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