LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Despite being one of the biggest names in horse racing, Todd Pletcher has struggled at the Kentucky Derby.
Pletcher is 1 for 36 with mounts in the Run to the Roses, with Revolutionary coming in third for his best finish Saturday. Another of his horses was Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, which finished 12th.
Even though he saddled a record-tying five horses, the rest of Pletcher’s group finished between ninth and 13th place.
Jockey Calvin Borel rode Revolutionary and came from nearly last in the field by riding along the rail to capture the third spot in the closing stretch.
“I still thought I’d get through,” Borel said.
NOT HIS DAY: Trainer Doug O’Neill came up well short in his bid to defend his Derby title.
O’Neill, who won the race in 2012 with I’ll Have Another, ended up with Goldencents finishing 17th in a 19-horse field.
The run by Goldencents also ended Kevin Krigger’s hope of becoming the first African-American jockey to win the race in more than a century.
Krigger said Goldencents didn’t have the kick to keep up with a quick field on a sloppy track.
“It just wasn’t our race,” Krigger said.
QUITE A RIDE: Hall of Fame Jockey Gary Stevens came out of retirement this year and rode 30-1 longshot Oxbow to a sixth-place finish.
Stevens, 50, is four months into a comeback after being retired for seven years.
“I’ve got a smile on my face I can’t wipe off. It was fun. It was fun, because he ran his race,” Stevens said. “He got a chance today, and he fired a big bullet, and that’s when it’s fun, when you get a good trip in this race and the horse is giving his all. And he did.”
MYLUTE’S RUN: Jockey Rosie Napravnik was trying to become the first female jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, but ended up fifth aboard Mylute.
However, Napravnik wasn’t disappointed. Instead, she saw a solid race by her horse.
“He really did everything very well. We were right with Orb the entire way,” Napravnik said. “We followed him around into the final turn. I was really hoping to be third.”
MONEY SURGE: The moments before the Derby included a seven-figure avalanche of betting on Orb. According to live odds on the Kentucky Derby Web site, more than $4.7 million was wagered on Orb of $36.6 million gambled on the race, making the horse a 5-1 favorite as betting closed.
Just minutes before, Orb pulled even with Revolutionary as a 6-1 favorite even though more than $4 million was bet on Revolutionary and around $3.5 million on Orb.
RAINY DAY: After a day of steady rain, the showers stopped just before the call to the post. The reprieve wasn’t enough to help the track at Churchill Downs.
The course was graded as sloppy. Only eight of the 19 Derby runners had run on a dirt track rated worse than “fast.”
The National Weather Service in Louisville reported 0.20 inches of rain as of race time.
STARS COME OUT: The famous faces are starting to arrive. Among the sightings: National anthem singer Martina McBride, TV personality Star Jones, basketball greats Julius "Dr. J" Erving and Scottie Pippen, Speaker of the House John Boehner, New England Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork, actor Anthony Anderson and actress Valerie Harper, who was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.