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Who won the 2013 Kentucky Derby and useful tips

Updated on November 20, 2014

2013 Triple Crown

ORB, the horse that broke from post position 16, came from third from last at the midway point of the race to circle the entire field and win the Kentucky Derby. Expertly ridden by superstar Joel Rosario, the colt answered all of the questions about his ability to handle the sloppy surface by scoring the victory by 2 1/2 lengths.

In the Preakness Stakes, ORB was never really competitive as OXBOW took the early lead and never relinquished it for jockey Gary Stevens. Most fans thought that his successful riding days were in the past.

A major upset occurred in the Belmont Stakes as longshot PALICE MALICE took the trip to the winner's circle for jockey Mike Smith. This created a large discussion on who should be the early favorite for Horse of the Year honors.

Overhead view of the finish of the 2013 Kentucky Derby
Overhead view of the finish of the 2013 Kentucky Derby | Source

Introduction

The Kentucky Derby is the most popular horse race in the world. Each year, horses from across the world show up on the first Saturday in May to win this prestigious race. Known as The Run For The Roses, 20 horses enter the starting gate to run the grueling mile and a quarter distance.

I cannot tell you who will win the race, but I can give you some important and useful information that will help you decide for yourself who to pick as your winner. It's your best chance of the year to hit a huge payoff on a very small wager, plus it will give you something to talk about at the watercooler !

DEFINITIONS

BOMB - Another word for a longshot, or a horse with very high odds. A "bomb" is said to "light up the tote board", meaning the prices are very large.

BRIDGE JUMPER - Sometimes, a person will bet a huge amount on a horse, generally a show bet, in hopes of making a very small win in a short period of time. It's a very risky bet, so the danger of it makes you a "bridge jumper".

CHALK - A term referring to a favorite, or a horse with the lowest odds on the toteboard.

CLOSER - A horse whose preferred style is to always stay in the back of the field early and then to make a big run late to try to pass everyone in the stretch.

DAILY RACING FORM - The most popular racing program that contains all the necessary information to compare all of the entries. You can get a racing form at most newstands, racetracks and online.

DAM - The mother of a horse.

DIMER - Over the past few years, racetracks have introduced bets, typically superfectas, that you can spend as little as a dime on. You may hear someone say that they got a good payoff on "the dimer". Generally, you won't be able to use this denomination on the actual Derby race itself. It's typically accepted as a $1 bet minimum only.

DOSAGE - Also called the "dosage index", it's a mathetical figure created by handicappers to evaluate a horse's ability to perform well at a given distance based on the pedigree.

GRADED EARNINGS - Horses run in various graded races that is based upon both their ability and the competition's skill level. The points earned in these races will determine a horse's eligibility to enter the Kentucky Derby.

MINT JULEP - The drink of choice at Churchill Downs, made with mint, bourbon and sugar.

PLODDER - A horse who tends to stay in the middle of the pack and neither gain much ground nor fall too far behind. It just "plods" along, content to hang around with the others.

RABBIT - When a horse typically runs to the front of the pack and tires itself out most of the time, he is referred to as a "rabbit". Sometimes, when a trainer wants to help his closer's chances with a torrid early pace, he will enter one of his lesser horses just to push the pace of the race.

SHOW WAGER - A bet where you will win if your selection finishes in the top three. It's a fairly low risk and low reward type of risk.

SIGNER - This refers to a winning ticket that requires you to show your I.D. and sign a 1099 because the amount that you won must be turned in to the IRS.

SIMULCASTING - The ability of the racetrack to show and allow bets to other racetracks. This can be done at the live track or sometimes at your local racino or casino.

SIRE - The father of a horse

SUPER HIGH 5 - A newer type of wager that is spreading across the country. You must select the first five finishers in exact order.

TRIPLE CROWN WINNER - A term for a horse who wins The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

JOEL ROSARIO
JOEL ROSARIO | Source

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2012 Kentucky Derby

Betting Tips

1. This is your best opportunity to score a big payoff at the races. Don't second-guess yourself. If you like a horse, no matter what the odds are, take a chance. The best horse does NOT always win the race. It's so easy for a great horse to get lost in traffic with 19 other animals around them.

2. Typically, I'd advise against boxing multiple horses in an exacta. Most of the time, you are betting against yourself with all of the losing tickets you have to overcome to make money. However, this particular race has the largest pools of the year, so it's totally fine to box several horses in an exacta or trifecta to hope for a monstrous payout.

3. The Derby is also a good value to include in other bets, such as the Pick 3 and Pick 4. Because of the competitive nature of the race, any wager that includes this race will produce larger than normal payouts. THIS is the day to play your hunches or maybe a favorite jockey. If you are into girl power, you can bet on Rosie Napravnik, one of the top riders in America.

4. It's a good idea to split bets with your friends and family to help with the costs. If you want to play a lot of combinations, you may need to spread the cost around.

5. Generally, the horses that start on the far inside (post positions 1 and 2) and the farthest outside (posts 19 and 20) will find themselves in too much traffic to have their best day. When in doubt, save your money and leave those 4 horses out of your tickets.

6. HAVE FUN watching the race. The most important thing is to enjoy the race and experience the thrill of thoroughbred racing at it's best. It's the most fun outside ofLas Vegas !

Invite your friends and family

You can make the whole Derby experience even better by inviting company over to watch the race together. You can get all the best party products and have your own pick-em party and see who is the best handicapper in the group. There are no winners and losers when you are having fun with your friends !

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Good Luck !

Hopefully my information will give you some insight into the race. It's always an exciting event and is sure to have you cheering for your favorite horse. Now put this information I gave you to good use and have a great and profitable day !

I'd love to hear from you !

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 4 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @jericho911...These are good tips in a nicely presented Hub.

      But, one heads up -- this year (2013, the 40th anniversary of Secretariat's Triple Crown championship) for the first time, officials have begun a points system to quality the 20 Thoroughbreds that will run in the Derby.

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      Barbara Anne Helberg 3 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

      @jericho911...Good job! Thanks for the link!

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