Kentucky Derby Prep Race Season 2013: Biggest Disappointments from Saturday

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIApril 14, 2013

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 13:  Java's War #4, riden by Julien Leparoux, crosses the finish line ahead of Palace Malice #5, riden by Garrett Gomez to win the 89th Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keenland Race Course on April 13, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Overanalyze and Java’s War were able to come up with big wins on Saturday, but others were serious letdowns.

The Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass Stakes have given us a much better picture of the field for the Kentucky Derby.  Unfortunately for some owners and trainers, their horses and jockeys were unable to live up to expectations.

Note: Odds from both races (Arkansas Derby and Blue Grass Stakes) are from ESPN.com. 

War Academy

Of all the horses racing on Saturday, there wasn’t a single one that was more disappointing than War Academy. 

War Academy had the best odds of any horse in both races on Saturday at 2-1. 

Instead of coming away with a win, he finished last in the field of 10.  The horse was unable to finish the race after Mike Smith, War Academy’s jockey, said that the horse took “four or five really awkward steps” (via USA Today).

Hopefully, nothing is too serious with War Academy. 

Not even being able to finish will upset many that put money on the favorite to win in Arkansas, but more people will be hoping that everything is ok with the horse.

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The other favorite on Saturday at the Blue Grass Stakes wasn’t able to do much better. 

Uncaptured finished 10th in the field of 14 but was the favorite before the race with 7-2 odds.

A lot of people were expecting Uncaptured to continue the hot streak.  In his last eight races before Saturday, he had won six of them.  He had also finished in second at the Spiral Stakes back in March.

After taking a lead at the start of the race, Uncaptured began to slowly fall behind.  He stayed in the front of the pack before eventually falling off by the end. 

It may have been a good start, but all that matters is where you finish.


Things were looking really good for Rydilluc for the majority of the Blue Grass Stakes, but a late surge by Java’s War, Place Malice and even Charming Kitten left Rydilluc in fourth place.

With 4-1 odds, many were very excited to see Rydilluc hold a lead for so long.  However, he lost gas and fell off. 

Normally, a fourth-place finish wouldn’t be that bad. 

However, losing a lead that late in the race makes his performance a big letdown.

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