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Kentucky Derby Preview History

Kentucky Derby Preview History

2013 Kentucky Derby 139 Preview:
The road to Derby 139 is coming to an end cementing the world's top 20 Thoroughbreds into the greatest two minutes in sports. Since late September at the Juddmonte Royal Lodge to the end of April at the Derby Trail 3-year old Thoroughbreds have been thundering around tracks all over the country in hopes of securing a spot among the greatest horses the world has ever seen at the 2013 Kentucky Derby.

Sitting atop the Derby leaderboard is the stamina infused homebred from Stuart Janney III & Phipps Stable, Orb. Orb has an extremely strong pedigree for 1 ¼ miles that he acquired from his dam, Lady Liberty and his sire, Malibu Moon. The Bay Colt secured a Derby berth with two first place finishes at Fasig-Tipton Fountain of Youth and the Florida Derby earlier this year. Orb’s Jockey, Joel Rosario, will be making his second Derby appearance after finishing fourth in the 2010 Derby aboard Make Music for Me.

Trotting in at a close second atop the Derby leaderboards is Verrazano. The 3-year old Bay Colt came by way of More Than Ready -- Enchanted Rock, a pedigree that is laden with quality. Verrazano obtained an aggressive amount of speed from his sire, More Than Ready, but will be relying on his dam’s side of the pedigree to stretch that speed for 1 ¼ miles. Fortunately, Verrazano’s top mount has had his fair share of Derby experience including a victory at the 2011 Kentucky Derby atop Animal Kingdom. John Velazquez will be making his 14th appearance at the Derby with hopes that Verrazano is yet another potential contender.

Potentially the most star destined Derby contender, Goldencents has a story unlike any horse on the leaderboards. The Colts owner, Rick Pitino, is also the head coach of the National Champion Louisville Cardinals. In a year that has already gotten him a visit to the Hall of Fame and a National Title, Rick Pitino could potentially own Derby 139’s winner. Unfortunatly, Goldencents pedigree is not as star-lighted as his owner’s history. A first place finish at Santa Anita’s 1 1/8 mile derby cemented his spot in the Kentucky Derby but Goldencents aptitude for the 1 ¼ mile may prove to be his Achilles heel. Though the Colt’s immediate family, Into Misschief & Golden Works, lacks any noteworthy performers there is light at the end of the tunnel as Goldencents line did produce the 1983 Kentucky Derby winner Sunny’s Halo.

With the Derby Trails still to be ran before the "Run for the Roses" is set in stone some other likely Derby contenders include Java's War, Overanalyze, and Revolutionary. All three Thoroughbreds are sporting pedigree's that make them a strong candidate for the stamina it takes to survive the Derby. Normandy Invasion, Oxbow, and Vyjack are also sitting among the expert picks as favorites in the race but as Derby fans all over the world know anything is possible at Churchill Downs when it's the Kentucky Derby.

2010 Kentucky Derby Preview:
With the Kentucky Derby set to take place on May 1, equestrians, socialites and sports fans in general will be donning their lavish hats, sipping Mint Juleps and taking in the electrifying atmosphere at Churchill Downs. It seems like every year there's some unique occurrence that makes the Kentucky Derby a memorable event to the fans who crowed the grandstand and the infield.

Just last year, more than 150,000 horse racing aficionados filled the stands to watch Mine that Bird mount an astonishing comeback to finish with the largest margin of victory in more than 60 years. Those cheering for Mine that Bird were taken on a rollercoaster ride as the horse placed dead last coming out of the first turn, only to shift into a higher gear and take jockey Calvin Borel to first place in the final furlong of the race. Completing a comeback that will be firmly cemented in Derby lore, Mine that Bird became the longest-odds horse to win the storied event in more than eight decades.

The 2010 Kentucky Derby will raise the stakes. The horse Eskendereya has been the betting odds favorite after recent dominating wins. Featuring the highest ever purse for a last-place finish, this year's race is guaranteed to draw a field of top competing horses and hordes of excited fans. Get your Kentucky Derby Tickets today and don't miss this event!

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