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 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:
|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|