The 138th Kentucky Derby on May 4, 2013, has already dealt a surprise: Black Onyx, which had been running in the No.1 post position at odds of 50-1, has scratched and won't be running. That changes the odds for a lot of horses in the race. The former favorite, Orb, is now at 6-1. The new favorites are Revolutionary and Goldencents at 5-1.
The 140th Kentucky Derby will be run on May 3, 2014, and already two horses have scratched, leaving just 19 in the field. Currently, California Chrome is the favorite at 5-2. Pablo del Monte and Hopportunity have both been withdrawn from the race.
California Crown pulled away from the field down the stretch and easily won the Kentucky Derby by two lengths. He was a favorite coming into the race, and he didn't disappoint. Because of the extent of California Chrome's dominance, and the perceived weakness of the rest of the three-year-old field, there's already talk that he could win the Triple Crown.
When the horses break from the gates on Saturday for the 139th Kentucky Derby, Goldencents will draw more interest than usual from casual sports fans, thanks to the name of one of his owners: Rick Pitino.
Orb won the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. Orb overcame a muddy track and was well-behind the pack entering the final turn. But Joel Rosario rode Orb from about 15th to the lead with a strong kick in the final 300 yards. Orb was one of the two co-favorites at 6-1.Golden Soul and Revolutionary finished second and third, respectively. Goldencents, the horse partially owned by Rick Pitino, finished 17th after it appeared jockey Kevin Krigger had the horse ease up. This is also the first Kentucky Derby win for hall of fame trainer Shug McGaughey.
Animal Kingdom won the 137th Kentucky Derby on Saturday, winning his first race on dirt to give jockey John Velazquez his first victory in 13 tries at the American horse racing classic.The 30-1 oddsmakers longshot, who started from the 16th of 19 gates, made a late run up the backstretch to take the victory by more than a length over Sehro with Mucho Macho Man third and Shackleford fourth.