Kentucky Derby 2013 Results: Victory Sets Up Orb Nicely to Chase Triple Crown

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IMay 5, 2013

May 4, 2013; Louisville, KY, USA; Joel Rosario aboard Orb (16) wins the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports
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Orb made one miraculous burst down the stretch to win the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

Because of that effort, Orb is now positioned quite well for a strong run at the Triple Crown.

Churchill Downs is the first leg and that may turn out as the most difficult for this season. Not only is the length a challenge, but the track surface was less than perfect and a bolting performance as the race ended displayed Orb's potential in a nutshell.

In addition, the victory was by a solid length and jockey Joel Rosario orchestrated a perfect race.

Rosario's experience will continue to pay extreme dividends and Orb brings the pedigree to keep with the pack early. Thereafter, he'll kick in that final gear and chase every else, including the Triple Crown.

Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports! also feels confident about Orb's chances, as he wrote on Saturday:

He has the look of a Triple Crown winner. His general appearance and workouts at Churchill produced more pre-Derby superlatives than any other horse I've seen in my 26 years covering the race.

He backed it up in the slop Saturday. If Orb comes out of this race in good condition, he figures to be a prohibitive favorite in the Preakness in two weeks.

The Preakness Stakes will be an interesting challenge, though. As a race that is shorter than Kentucky, Orb won't have nearly the luxury of distance to make up down the stretch.

So to counteract the course length, expect Rosario to make a faster jump out of the gates. The stamina was proven during the derby, but Pimlico will bring out the acceleration and top speed.

Brief history is also on Orb's side. I'll Have Another won the first two legs last year. Even better, Orb won at Churchill Downs by a much greater degree.

So, a victory at Pimlico and the first horse racing hat-trick since 1978 will occur thereafter.

The Belmont Stakes is a longer race than Churchill Downs, which is to Orb's advantage. At 12 furlongs, Rosario can choose to set the pace or lurk back until the last turn.

With more time to catch up, Orb's overall capabilities fly past the competition en route to horse racing immorality.

Here is a look at the final standings, courtesy of KentuckyDerby.com

PlaceHorseJockeyTrainerPost
1OrbJoel RosarioClaude R. McGaughey III16
2Golden SoulRobby AlbaradoDallas Stewart4
3RevolutionaryCalvin Borel Todd Pletcher3
4Normandy InvasionJavier CastellanoChad Brown5
5MyluteRosie NapravnikTom Amoss6
6OxbowGary StevensD. Wayne Lukas2
7Lines of BattleRyan MooreAidan O'Brien11
8Will Take ChargeJon CourtD. Wayne Lukas17
9Charming KittenEdgar PradoTodd Pletcher15
10Giant FinishJose L. Espinoza Anthony W. Dutrow7
11Overanalyze Rafael BejaranoTodd Pletcher 9
12Palace MaliceMike SmithTodd Pletcher 10
13Java's War Julien LeparouxKenny McPeek19
14VerrazanoJohn R. VelazquezTodd Pletcher14
15ItsmyluckydayElvis TrujilloEddie Plesa, Jr. 12
16Frac DaddyVictor Lebron Kenny McPeek18
17GoldencentsKevin Krigger Doug O'Neill 8
18VyjackGarrett GomezRudy Rodriguez20
19Falling Sky Luis Saez John Terranova II 13

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