So many angles make this one dizzy Derby
BY BETH HARRIS May 3, 2013 10:02PM
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: Goldencents trains on the track in preparation for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KENTUCKY DERBY ODDS
PP Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
1. Black Onyx **Scratched**
2. Oxbow D. Wayne Lukas Gary Stevens 30-1
3. Revolutionary Todd Pletcher Calvin Borel 10-1
4. Golden Soul Dallas Stewart Robbie Albarado 50-1
5. Normandy Invasion Chad Brown Javier Castellano 12-1
6. Mylute Tom Amoss Rosie Napravnik 15-1
7. Giant Finish Anthony Dutrow Jose Espinoza 50-1
8. Goldencents Doug O’Neill Kevin Krigger 5-1
9. Overanalyze Todd Pletcher Rafael Bejarano 15-1
10. Palace Malice Todd Pletcher Mike Smith 20-1
11. Lines of Battle Aidan O’Brien Ryan Moore 30-1
PP Horse Trainer Jockey Odds
12. Itsmyluckyday Eddie Plesa Jr. Elvis Trujillo 15-1
13. Falling Sky John Terranova II Luis Saez 50-1
14. Verrazano Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 4-1
15. Charming Kitten Todd Pletcher Edgar Prado 20-1
16. Orb Shug McGaughey Joel Rosario 7-2
17. Will Take Charge D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court 20-1
18. Frac Daddy Kenny McPeek Victor Lebron 50-1
19. Java’s War Kenny McPeek Julien Leparoux 15-1
20. Vyjack Rudy Rodriguez Garrett Gomez 15-1
Weights: 126 pounds. Distance: 11/4 miles. Purse: $2,199,800 if 20 start. First place: $1,439,800. Second place: $400,000. Third place: $200,000. Fourth place: $100,000. Fifth place: $60,000. Post time: 5:24 p.m. Saturday.
Updated: June 5, 2013 6:21AM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A trainer flooding the field with five horses. A black jockey trying to make history, and a woman rider, too. Louisville coach Rick Pitino seeking a double — champions in racing and basketball. He’s sure in the right place.
The 19-horse field for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby is balanced, with no definitive favorite.
Orb is the pre-race choice, just barely. Nearly overshadowed is his trainer, Shug McGaughey, who really, really wants this race. Doug O’Neill is trying to win back-to-back. And then there’s the threat of rain, which has done in some of the best-laid plans on race day.
It looks like a topsy-turvy Derby.
‘‘I don’t think we’ve got Secretariat in this bunch, even Seattle Slew,’’ four-time Derby-winning trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, ‘‘so I think it’s going to boil down to the trip and the pace and a lot of other things.’’
Todd Pletcher will saddle a record-tying five horses — undefeated and early second choice Verrazano, Revolutionary, Overanalyze, Palace Malice and Charming Kitten.
“We laid out a plan to get here with them, and it’s all come down pretty much like we hoped,’’ said Pletcher, who has one Derby win with 31 previous starters.
Verrazano is 4-0 in his young career, not having run as a 2-year-old. He’ll be trying to disprove an old Derby jinx: no horse since Apollo in 1882 has won without racing as a juvenile.
Relative unknown Kevin Krigger will be aboard Goldencents, trying to become the first black jockey to win since Jimmy Winkfield in 1902.
‘‘I’m going to ride us the race that should get us to the Kentucky Derby winner’s circle,’’ Krigger said.
The colt is partly owned by Pitino, whose Cardinals won the NCAA championship last month.
No female jockey has ever won the Derby, although Rosie Napravnik came closest with a ninth-place finish in 2011. Napravnik will ride 15-1 long shot Mylute.
Orb was the narrow 7-2 early favorite for the 139th Derby. He comes in on a four-race winning streak for McGaughey, the 62-year-old trainer whose Hall of Fame résumé lacks a Derby victory. He’s making his second appearance since 1989, when he finished second with Easy Goer.
Goldencents will be trying to deliver for more than Krigger and Pitino. He’s trained by O’Neill, who put unknown Mario Gutierrez aboard I’ll Have Another last year and won. The trainer is following the same script this time, giving Krigger a big break while trying to become the first trainer to win back-to-back Derbies since Bob Baffert in 1997-98.
“We think it is our time,” O’Neill said. “We think it is us.”
The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of rain and a high of 59 degrees. The last Derby run on a sloppy track was in 2010.
NOTES: Princess of Sylmar, a 38-1 long shot, rallied with a huge stretch run to win the $1 million Grade I Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs. The win positioned her trainer, Todd Pletcher, for a weekend sweep if he can win the Kentucky Derby.
† Derby long shot Black Onyx was a late scratch because of a chip in his left ankle. The scratch occurred Friday after early wagering for the race had opened, so Black Onyx’s No. 1 post position will be left empty.