Kentucky Derby (05/02/13)

By John Ewing

The Kentucky Derby, The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports, is this Saturday. The 139th Derby includes some famous owners including Louisville Cardinals Head Coach Rick Pitino. Below are the current odds for each horse as well as some Derby facts.

The Kentucky Derby, also known as “The Run for the Roses” is held annually in Louisville, Kentucky on the first Saturday in May. The Derby has been ran every year since 1875 and is the first leg of the Triple Crown.

Derby Traditions

Mint julep – an iced drink consisting of bourbon, mint and sugar syrup

Fancy hats – women appear in fine outfits accessorized with extravagant hats

Derby Records

Most wins by a jockey

  • 5 - Eddie Arcaro (1938, 1941, 1945, 1948, 1952)
  • 5 - Bill Hartack (1957, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1969)

Stakes record

  • 1:15.4 – Secretariat (1973)

Longest length to win a race

  • 8 lengths – Assault (1946) and Whirlaway (1941)

Longest shot to win Derby

  • 91 to 1 – Donerail (1913)

The Favorites

Orb, 17/4 odds

  • Trainer: “Shug” McGaughey III, Hall of Fame 2004, Eclipse Award for Top Trainer
  • Jockey: Joel Rosario, Keeneland spring-meeting record of 38 winning rides in 2013
  • Owner: Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable, families with long horse racing traditions

Verrazano, 9/2 odds

  • Trainer: Todd Pletcher, won 2010 Kentucky Derby with Super Saver
  • Jockey: John Velazquez, won 2011 Derby on Animal Kingdom, Hall of Fame in 2011
  • Owner: Let's Go Stable, co-owned by brother-in-laws

Goldencents, 7/1 odds

  • Trainer: Doug O'Neill, famous for saddling I'll Have Another, winner of 2012 Derby
  • Jockey: Kevin Krigger, racing in the US since 2001
  • Owner: Rick Pitino owns 5% of Goldencents

Derby Props

Winning Time

  • Over 202.00, -130
  • Under 202.00, -110

Will Secretariat's Record time of 159.40 be broken?

  • Yes, +1000
  • No, -2000

Where will winning horse start?

  • Gate 1-10, +130
  • Gate 11-20, -170

Winning horse's name will start with letter?

  • A-M, +170
  • N-Z, -250

How Many Words Will Be in The Name of the Derby Winner?

  • 1, -300
  • 2, +250
  • 3, +1500

Will Rick Pitino be mentioned by the announcer from start of race until all horses cross the Finish Line?

  • Yes, +400
  • No, -600

Derby Odds

Positions Horse Derby Odds Triple Crown
16 Orb 17/4 12/1
14 Verrazano 9/2 14/1
8 Goldencents 7/1 22/1
3 Revolutionary 15/2 22/1
5 Normandy Invasion 10/1 33/1
9 Overanalyze 14/1 50/1
12 Itsmyluckyday 16/1 50/1
20 Vyjack 16/1 50/1
6 Mylute 16/1 66/1
19 Java's War 18/1 60/1
10 Palace malice 25/1 100/1
17 Will Take Charge 25/1 75/1
15 Charming Kitten 33/1 75/1
2 Oxbow 33/1 125/1
11 Lines of Battle 33/1 125/1
18 Frac Daddy 40/1 200/1
4 Golden Soul 50/1 22/1
1 Black Onyx 50/1 200/1
7 Giant Finish 50/1 200/1
13 Falling Sky 50/1 200/1