2013 Kentucky Derby

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139th Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby
Kentucky Derby 2013 logo.png
Official logo for the 2013 Kentucky Derby
Location Churchill Downs
Date May 4, 2013 (2013-05-04)
Winning horse Orb
Jockey Joel Rosario
Conditions Sloppy (sealed)
Surface Dirt

The 139th running of the Kentucky Derby (in full, the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, due to sponsorship"[1]) commenced at 6:33 pm[2] Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 4, 2013 at Churchill Downs. The race was televised in the United States on the NBC television network.[3] The favorite, Orb, won a purse of $1.4 million with a final time of 2:02.89, with Golden Soul finishing second and Revolutionary placing third.[2]

The attendance for the race was 151,616.[4] Security was increased in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings; coolers and large purses were banned.[5]


For the first time, the colts making the field in the Kentucky Derby qualified under a new points system. In years past, colts qualified based on graded stakes earnings. A total of thirty-six races, with the first coming last year, gave Derby starters an opportunity to accumulate points towards an entry into the race.[6] Twenty horses qualified for the Kentucky Derby with two other horses (Fear the Kitten and Carving) listed as "also eligible" in case one of the starters would be scratched prior to the opening of betting.[7]


The 139th Kentucky Derby Payout Schedule[2]

Horse Name
16 Orb US$12.80 $7.40 $5.40
4 Golden Soul $38.60 $19.60
3 Revolutionary $5.40


After the draw of the field, Orb, the Florida Derby winner, was the 7-2 favorite.[3] Trainer Todd Pletcher had five different horses in the race, including the winners of the Arkansas Derby (Overanalyze), Louisiana Derby (Revolutionary) and Wood Memorial (Verrazano).[3] Among jockeys, noteworthy entrants were Kevin Krigger, who rode Goldencents, trying to become the first black jockey to win since Jimmy Winkfield in 1902,[8] and Rosie Napravnik, riding Mylute, attempting to become the first female jockey to win the Derby.[8]


Black Onyx was scratched late after early betting began. As a result, it was too late for Fear the Kitten, who would have been eligible in the case of scratch, to enter the race.[9] Connections for Carving, who was listed as "also eligible" after Fear the Kitten, elected not to make the trip to the Derby.[10]


First lap of the Kentucky Derby.

On race day, rain fell steadily throughout the morning and early afternoon. The rain stopped before the start of the Derby, but the track conditions remained cold and "sloppy". All the pre-race favorites drew favorable posts.[11] Black Onyx drew lane one, which was left open when he scratched.[5]

The Derby got off to a very fast start as Palace Malice took the early lead. As Normandy Invasion seized the lead, Orb was just about in last place. "I was so far behind. I just let him be calm and relaxed, and he was able to do it," said Orb jockey Joel Rosario. "He was very relaxed and did exactly what I wanted. It was a perfect trip."[5]

Orb rallied down the stretch, winning by 2 1/2 lengths in a time of 2:02.89. The win gave Hall of Fame trainer and native Kentuckian Shug McGaughey his first career Kentucky Derby victory. His horses were 0-6 in six previous Derby starts. "I've always dreamed of this day and it finally came," McGaughey remarked. "I'm thrilled for the people who put in so much time on this horse, and of course I'm thrilled for me."[5] The win supplemented a record setting season for Rosario. He racked up 38 victories in the spring session, the most ever, and in March won the world's richest horse race - the $10 million Dubai World Cup.[11] The Derby marked Orb's fifth consecutive win, earning $1,414,800 and bringing the horse's lifetime winnings to $2,335,850.[5] He is owned by Ogden Mills Phipps and Stuart Janney III.[11]

Golden Soul took second place while Revolutionary finished third. Revolutionary trainer, Todd Pletcher, who had a record tying five horses in the field, remarked "I thought he ran super. He got shuffled back farther than we thought and he had to keep waiting to try to make up ground ... He closed strongly and just ran out of ground."[5] Normandy Invasion and Mylute rounded out the top five. Riding Mylute, Rosie Napravnik's fifth-place finish was the highest ever by a female jockey, besting her own record of ninth place set in 2011.[5]


Position Post Horse Jockey Morning
Final Odds[2] Stakes Points[7]
1 16 Orb Joel Rosario 7-2 5.4 $1,414,800 150
2 4 Golden Soul Robby Albarado 50-1 35.4 $400,000 14
3 3 Revolutionary Calvin Borel 10-1 6.4 $200,000 110
4 5 Normandy Invasion Javier Castellano 12-1 9.3 $100,000 44
5 6 Mylute Rosie Napravnik 15-1 15.3 $60,000 42
6 2 Oxbow Gary L. Stevens 30-1 24.9 36
7 11 Lines of Battle Ryan Moore 30-1 31.9 100
8 17 Will Take Charge Jon Court 20-1 36.4 60
9 15 Charming Kitten Edgar Prado 20-1 33.2 20
10 7 Giant Finish Jose L. Espinoza 50-1 38.6 10
11 9 Overanalyze Rafael Bejarano 15-1 16.2 110
12 10 Palace Malice Mike E. Smith 20-1 23.7 50
13 19 Java's War Julien Leparoux 15-1 21.5 122
14 14 Verrazano John R. Velazquez 4-1 8.7 150
15 12 Itsmyluckyday Elvis Trujillo 15-1 9.5 50
16 18 Frac Daddy Victor Lebron 50-1 25.0 44
17 8 Goldencents Kevin Krigger 5-1 7.9 129
18 20 Vyjack Garrett K. Gomez 50-1 18.8 70
19 13 Falling Sky Luis Saez 50-1 39.7 30
Scratched 1 Black Onyx Joe Bravo 50-1 SCR 50
DNR Did not start Fear the Kitten Alan Garcia DNR - 6
  • Margins[2]2 12 lengths, 1 length
  • Time[2] – 2:02:89
  • Track[2] – Sloppy (sealed)
  • Fear the Kitten was eligible but did not race.


According to live odds on the Kentucky Derby website, more than $4.7 million was wagered on Orb of the $36.6 million gambled on the race, making the horse a 5-1 favorite as betting closed.[12]

Just minutes before, Orb pulled even with Revolutionary as a 6-1 favorite even though more than $4 million was bet on Revolutionary and approximately $3.5 million on Orb.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "11th Race, Churchill Downs, May 3, 2014" (PDF). Equibase. May 3, 2014. Retrieved May 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "11th Race, Churchill Downs, May 4, 2013". Equibase. 4 May 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 May 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Kyle C. Leach (1 May 2013). "Kentucky Derby 2013: Field of 20 drawn, Orb listed as favorite over Verrazano". The Star Ledger, Newark. nj.com. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Glisan, David (4 May 2013). "Kentucky Derby 2013: Derby Attendance Good, But Not A Record". The Associated Press. maboot.com. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g Gary Mihoces (May 4, 2013). "Orb gives McGaughey his first Kentucky Derby victory". USA Today. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ Kevin Martin (1 May 2013). "Kentucky Derby: A Solid Field Of Colts Set For The 2013 Edition". CBS (Miami). Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Kentucky Derby 2013 point standings". Daily Racing Form. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Harris, Beth (4 May 2013). "Kentucky Derby 2013: Orb, Goldencents, Verrazano Lead Wide-Open Field At Churchill Downs". Huffington Post. Retrieved 4 May 2013. 
  9. ^ "Black Onyx scratched from Kentucky Derby". The Associated Press. Yahoo. 3 May 2013. Retrieved 3 May 2013. 
  10. ^ [Carving impressive in Northwest debut Emerald Downs]
  11. ^ a b c Melissa Hoppert (May 4, 2013). "Orb Finds Joy in Mudville". New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "Kentucky Derby 2013: Orb wins, heads to Preakness chasing Triple Crown". The Associated Press. Sporting News. 5 May 2013. Retrieved 5 May 2013. 

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