Kentucky Derby 2012 Results: What We Learned from a Thrilling Run for the Roses

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMay 7, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  I'll Have Another ridden by Mario Gutierrez leads the pack down the final stretch during the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The 2012 Kentucky Derby came and went in a flash and left us with a plethora of intriguing storylines to breakdown. I'll Have Another, a 15-1 odds horse at post time, kicked it into high gear on the final furlong, blowing by winded favorite Bodemeister (4-1 odds) to claim victory at the 138th Run for the Roses.

In case you missed the race and all the drama that surrounded it, here are some of the dominant storylines from this past weekend's action:

No More Post No. 19 Curse

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 05:  Mario Gutierrez celebrates atop I'll Have Another after winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby ahead of Bodemeister ridden by Mike Smith at Churchill Downs on May 5, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Travis Lindqu
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Before Saturday's roaring comeback win by I'll Have Another, who held 15-1 odds at the start of the 1.25-mile race, no horse had ever won from post No. 19 in the event's 138-year history. Horses starting from that post were 0-of-137 all time at the Kentucky Derby, leading many to believe that it would never happen.

History shows that those horses starting closest to the rail at Churchill Downs have the most success at the Derby, but I'll Have Another destroyed that notion by defying the odds on Saturday. After Saturday's Derby, post No. 17 remains the only one of the 20 in which a horse has never won from dating back to 1875.

Calvin Borel Has His Bad Days

HALLANDALE, FL - MARCH 31:  Take Charge Indy, riden by Calvin Borel, races down the final streatch during the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on March 31, 2012 in Hallandale, Florida.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Champion jockey Calvin Borel had won three of the previous five Runs for the Roses coming into this past weekend's race, but failed to capitalize on what many thought was a strong racehorse in Take Charge Indy, who went off at 11-1 odds Saturday afternoon. 

Borel and Take Charge Indy took off from post No. 3 and rode towards the front for the first minute or so of the race, riding in the top five, but fell off considerably as the action got tighter in the final minute. In the end it was a frustrating 19th-place finish for the legendary horseman and his Florida Derby champion thoroughbred. 

Disappointments Are Inevitable

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 04:  Union Rags rears his head while grazing after a morning work out in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Rob Carr/Getty Images

There were a solid share of disappointing thoroughbreds at this year's event. Most notably Union Rags, who finished seventh and never truly challenged for the lead despite boasting 5-1 odds on Saturday. As already mentioned, Take Charge Indy was a total flop, finishing 19th in the field of 20 racehorses. 

In addition to those two, Hansen and Daddy Nose Best, who had 13-1 and 14-1 odds respectively coming into the event, disappointed as they finished towards the middle of the pack, ninth and 10th respectively. Additional favorites Bodemeister (4-1), Dullahan (12-1) and Creative Cause (11-1) all finished in the top five Saturday.

Unofficial results below - (via Kentucky Derby website).

Finish Horse Jockey Post Odds
 1 I'll Have Another  Mario Gutierrez  19  15-1
 2 Bodemeister  Mike Smith  6  4-1
 3 Dullahan  Kent Desormeaux  5  12-1
 4 Went The Day Well John Velazquez
13 30-1 
 5 Creative Cause Joel Rosario  11-1
 6 Liaison Martin Garcia
20   56-1
 7 Union Rags Julien Leparoux  4  5-1
 8 Rousing Sermon Jose Lezcano
40-1
 9 Hansen Ramon Dominguez
14 13-1 
 10 Daddy Nose Best Garett Gomez
10 14-1 
 11 Optimizer Jon Court
42-1 
 12 Alpha Rajiv Maragh
11 19-1
 13 El Padrino Rafael Bejarano
16  29-1 
 14 Done Talking Sheldon Russell
17  39-1 
 15 Sabercat Corey Nakatani
18  37-1 
 16 Gemologist Javier Castellano
15  18-1 
 17 Trinniberg Willie Martinez
19  44-1 
 18 Prospective Luis Contreras
12  57-1 
 19 Take Charge Indy Calvin Borel
11-1 
 20 Daddy Long Legs
Colm O'Donoghue
26-1 

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