Kentucky Derby Results: Most Impressive Performances from Epic Event

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIMay 5, 2013

The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby came complete with some very impressive performances.
The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby came complete with some very impressive performances.Jamey Price/Getty Images

The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby was a doozy. We saw terrible weather, some huge letdowns and, most importantly, some absolutely stunning performances. 

While some of the horses like Goldencents and Verrazano couldn't live up to their lofty expectations at one of horse racing's biggest events, there were other horses who came to Churchill Downs with one thing on their minds: winning. 

Here are three horses who put on some extremely impressive performances at this year's Run for the Roses.



Orb did what Orb does. Orb won. Looking at Orb's impressive pedigree, this performance should've come as no surprise. He ran a solid, strong race until the home stretch. That's when he turned on the after-burners and did his best Usain Bolt impersonation as he blew by the rest of the field. 

Orb looked like a horse that truly wants to follow in his ancestors' footsteps and take a serious stab at the Triple Crown. He ran strong, intimidated other horses out of position and didn't have to expend too much energy until it was absolutely necessary. 

If you look up "perfect race horse" in the dictionary, you probably won't see a picture of Orb; you'll most likely see a picture of one of his family members. However, his time is coming. 


Golden Soul

Golden Soul shocked the world and put on a great show at the Derby on Saturday. While other front-runners and contenders were struggling with the mud, Soul saw his opportunity to move up the leaderboard. 

Without much hubbub coming into the big race, Soul was one of the biggest surprises. He ran an extremely solid race and worked his way all the way up to second place, coming just over two lengths behind the winner. 

Golden Soul's showing was extremely impressive because nothing was expected of him. He was thrown into a field of some very intimidating names and trainers and held his own and outlasted a majority of the field. 



Revolutionary's performance will probably be looked at as a disappointment by his veteran jockey Calvin Borel and expert trainer Todd Pletcher, but his performance was nothing to scoff at. 

Revolutionary ran a very strong race, hanging out near the front until he was eventually passed by Orb during his epic sprint on the home stretch. Revolutionary was one of the favorites coming into the race, but unlike Verrazano and Goldencents, he performed well. 

The weather didn't throw him for too much of a loop and if it weren't for an amazing late-race sprint by Orb, Revolutionary might have taken home the roses. 


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