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Noteworthy Nine for Kentucky Derby 139

Updated on May 1, 2013

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KD 139

Kentucky Derby fans will remember the 2005 Kentucky Derby won by Giacomo. Rounding out his first place finish was Afleet Alex, a sentimental favorite in second and long shot, Closing Argument in third. The Trifecta paid a princely sum.

This year’s Kentucky Derby 139 should be no different as there is parity in the field. The race distance of 1 ¼ miles is a distance not one of the entrants has ventured. There is always the chance that the race could be one by a horse not necessarily favored by the crowd. Here are nine colts that have a tremendous chance of winning this year’s Kentucky Derby

Nine Colts to Consider

Orb will be coming out of postposition #16. He was last seen winning the Florida Derby down at Gulfstream Park. This son of Malibu Moon and Lady Liberty should compete well for his owners Stuart Janney and Phipps Stable. Jockey, Joel Rosario will get the mount. Rosario has been on fire lately riding numerous horses to victory. Trainer, Shug McGaughey is a top conditioner who will have this horse ready to compete. Orb has cobbled four victories in a row, which might be considered a drawback, especially competing at this very high level of horse racing.

Verrrazano shares the highest number of points accumulated along the Derby trail. He will be coming out of gate #14. His rider, John Velazquez, is one of the most experienced riders of the Derby contingent. The connections for this superb horse include owners, Lets Go Stable and world-renowned trainer, Todd Pletcher. This colt was last seen winning the Wood Memorial notching his fourth victory in a row from four career starts. He is the son of More Than Ready and Enchanted Rock; His running style is that of a speedster. Expect him to be motoring along on the front end.

Goldencents will also be forwardly placed as a speedster / presser coming out of postposition #8. His trainer, Doug O’Neill is back for another Derby having conditioned last year’s KD 138 winner, I’ll Have Another. The ownership group includes WC Racing, Dave Kenney, and RAP Racing. 2013 NCAA Basketball Championship coach Rick Pitino has a share in this colt. It will be jockey, Kevin Krigger’s first ride in the Derby. He is a son of Into Mischief and Golden Works. The Santa Anita Derby winner will figure very prominently in the race.

Revolutionary will be coming out of gate #3 hoping to settle in nicely for a steady tracking position. The Prince of Churchill Downs, Calvin Borel who has already won three Kentucky Derbies in this century, will ride him. Another horse conditioned by Todd Pletcher for owner Winstar Farm, LLC., he has already garnered three wins on his way into KD 139. A son of War Pass and Runup the Colors, he was last seen winning the Louisiana Derby.

Lines of Battle is the only Euro based horse in the field. He will be coming out of gate #11 staying close to the leaders in a pressing or tracking position. His ownership group is one of the mightiest here and across the pond. It includes Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith, Mrs. John Magnier, and Allen Joseph who continue to have roaring success on the world stage. Trained by, Aiden O’Brien who has conditioned winners in premiere races here in America, has chosen jockey, Ryan Moore, to get this horse in the mix. His win in the UAE Derby at the Meydan Race Track in Dubai got him the points to get into KD 139. A son of War Front and Black Speck, this fine colt could be the big surprise in the race.

It’s My Lucky Day will gather steam from post position #12. Trainer Edward Plesa got this colt ready for a second place finish in the Florida Derby to secure enough points to land a spot in KD 139. A son of highly successful Lawyer Ron and Viva La Slew, this racer can be expected to sit mid-pack ready to drive through the stretch. Ownership includes Trilogy Stable and Laurie Plesa. The mount will go to Elvis Trujillo, one of the leading riders on the East coast.

Frac Daddy was last seen placing second in the highly competitive Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. He has a tracking running style that will benefit him greatly in this year’s Kentucky Derby. Trained by Kenneth McPeek, he is owned by Magic City Thoroughbred Partners. The only gray/roan colt in the field, he will be easily identifiable. His daddy is the sensational Scat Daddy and his momma is Skipper’s Mate. Jockey, Victor Lebron, a leading Kentucky rider, gets the mount. He will be racing out of gate #18.

Normandy Invasion is another that will have an edge with his tracking/closing running style. He will be running from postposition #5 under high quality jockey, JJ Castellano. Conditioned by Chad Brown, a top New York / East Coast trainer, he will be primed to go. The owners of this talented colt are Fox Hill Farms, Inc. A son of Tapit and Boston Lady, he was last seen taking second in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct racetrack in New York.

Falling Sky might be considered a long shot in this years Kentucky Derby, but this speedster / presser has as good a shot at any to wear the roses. He is son of Lion Heart out of the Sea Dragoness mare. Expect jockey, Louis Saez to forwardly place him out of his gate #13. Prominent New York trainer, John Terranova should have this handsome colt ready to do battle with the talented 3 year olds in this KD 139 field. His ownership is Newtown Anner Stud and James Cavello.

2013 Kentucky Derby Excitement

These Noteworthy Nine colts have all the tools necessary to run well and provide fans heart- pounding excitement in a race that is billed as the greatest two minutes in sports. Whatever the result of this year’s Kentucky Derby, a field of twenty extremely talented 3-year-old colts will show courage and strong endurance in their attempt to wear the roses in the winner’s circle.


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