Orb Posts Solid Derby Beyer Figure of 104

Expect Orb to head to the Preakness as a huge favorite, after rallying in messy conditions to win the 139th Kentucky Derby Saturday.

The second betting choice had a perfect trip and turned it on late to easily win.

“His Beyer Speed Figure of 104 was a career best and stacks up well with recent winners of the Derby,” said Michael Dempsey of TurfnSport.com. “I’ll Have Another earned a 101 last year, and Animal Kingdom, the 2011 winner posted a 103.”

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And while some of the top challengers are expected to line up again in the Preakness Stakes, the rest of the field will be comprised of new challengers, none of whom seem to have the credentials to knock off Orb.

“Four or five runners he beat are coming back to take him on again in the Preakness and the four or five new shooters but they do not look very imposing,” said Dempsey. “Orb is going to be a heavy betting favorite to win the Preakness and head to New York for a shot at the Triple Crown.”

Kentucky Derby Beyer Speed Figures Since 1987, courtesy of TurfnSport.com

1987 Alysheba 104
1988 Winning Colors 113
1989 Sunday Silence 101
1990 Unbridled 116
1991 Strike the Gold 107
1992 Lil E. Tee 107
1993 Sea Hero 105
1994 Go for Gin 112
1995 Thunder Gulch 108
1996 Grindstone 112
1997 Silver Charm 115
1998 Real Quiet 107
1999 Charismatic 108
2000 Fusaichi Pegasus 108
2001 Monarchos 116
2002 War Emblem 114
2003 Funny Cide 109
2004 Smarty Jones 107
2005 Giacomo 100
2006 Barbaro 111
2007 Street Sense 110
2008 Big Brown 109
2009 Mine That Bird 105
2010 Super Saver 104
2011 Animal Kingdom 103
2012 I'll Have Another 101
2013 Orb 104