Radical changes in this week’s Horse Racing 2013 Countdown to the Triple Crown list. With just about 5 weeks remaining until the 2013 Kentucky Derby, the picture has become clearer especially with the nothing short of smashing wins by Orb in the 2013 Florida Derby and Revolutionary in the 2013 Louisiana Derby this past weekend.
At the start of the Florida Derby, Merit Man sent the early pace with 100-1 shot Narvaez close by, followed by Itsmyluckyday, and Shanghai Bobby at the rail. Merit Man set very realistic fractions for the first three-quarters of a mile. ( :24.3, :48.2, and 1:12.4.)
Itsmyluckyday, who was ridden very well by Elvis Trujillo, moved first and went three wide on the turn for home before taking the lead at the quarter pole.
Itsmyluckyday led past the eighth pole, but when confronted by Orb, he could not stay with the eventual winner as Orb drew off impressively.
Orb won by almost 3 lengths while completing the 1 1/8-miles in 1:50.4.
Winning jockey John Velazquez s...