Kentucky Derby 2013: Horses That Are Legitimate Triple Crown Threats

Michael DulkaContributor IMay 4, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02:  Orb runs on the track during the morning training for the 2013 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As soon as the first horse crosses the finish line at the Kentucky Derby, the question becomes whether or not they have a shot at the Triple Crown. Since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978, no horse has accomplished the feat. 

With no clear-cut favorite for the Kentucky Derby, it doesn't appear that a horse from this year will end the current drought. That said, there are a number of horses who do have the pedigree to compete at long distances.

Here is a look at some of those horses who are threats for the Triple Crown. 



The favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, Orb has the pedigree needed to compete at a high level in all three races. With strong bloodlines and previous success, Orb is in as good of shape as any horse when it comes to winning the Triple Crown. 

With solid practice runs leading up to the Kentucky Derby, Orb has established himself as the favorite. Jockey Joel Rosario has had previous success at the Derby, finishing fourth in 2010. 

His dam, Lady Liberty, had success up to the 1 1/2 mile length, which should give Orb the stamina needed for all three races, including the longest, the Belmont Stakes. Mixed with the speed and power of Malibu Moon, Orb has everything needed to dominate the field. 



Revolutionary enters the Kentucky Derby having won his past three races, including the Louisiana Derby. Like Orb, Revolutionary has a strong a pedigree, which should make him suited to compete in all three lengths. 

In the Derby, Revolutionary will also get a boost from having three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel as his jockey. Borel has won both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. He won both in 2009 but on different horses. 

When it comes to pedigree, Revolutionary has both stamina and speed. His sire, War Pass, gave him elite speed that will help him break away from the pack. Dam Runup the Colors adds in the stamina having had much success in 1 1/4 mile length. 


Charming Kitten

When it comes to stamina, there is little question that Charming Kitten has what it takes to win these races. The biggest question will be how the turf horse handles the switch to the dirt of the Triple Crown races. Should Charming Kitten handle the switch well and win the Kentucky Derby, he should have a legitimate shot at the Triple Crown. 

Charming Kitten's pedigree is suitable for the long distance. His sire, Kitten's Joy, won races at the 1 1/2 mile and 1 1/4 mile lengths. Kitten's Joy has produced some solid dirt runners, so there is hope for Charming Kitten.