And they're off in the Kentucky Derby

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Ed DeRosa

May 4th, 2013

My Kentucky Derby analysis in the form of Mark Johson's race call of the most exciting two minutes in sports.

"They're in the gate!

"And they're off in Derby one-thirty-nine.

"Oxbow from the inside immediately goes to the lead with Giant Finish and Falling Sky going with him. Goldencents tucks in fourth with Verrazano to his outside in fifth. It's two lengths back to Itsmyluckyday in sixth, Vyjack is seventh, Palace Malice eighth, Overanalyze ninth,and Orb splits the field as Oxbow with Gary Stevens leads them through an opening quarter in :23 flat. Mylute is behind Orb followed by Lines of Battle, Frac Daddy, Will Take Charge, Charming Kitten, Revolutionary, Normandy Invasion, Golden Soul, and Java's War is last as Oxbow leads them into the backstretch through a half in 47-and-four.

"It's a moderate pace as Verrazano and Goldencents look to pick up Falling Sky and Giant Finish, and there goes Goldencents for the lead with Verrazano a length behind him and Oxbow trying to keep pace. They hit the half-mile pole in 1:11 and the tempo is quickening as they enter the far turn with Itsmyluckyday swinging wide with dead aim on the leaders and Orb is following him.

"Goldencents spurts away and opens a two-length lead as the field turns for home, but Itsmyluckyday is gaining with Orb ready for his stretch run. Goldencents and Itsmyluckyday battling. Orb ducks inside for clear run, and Revolutionary and Normandy's Invasion get daylight and reach for the wire.

"Itsmyluckyday has made the lead inside the eighth pole but Goldencents isn't going away as Orb leads Revolutionary and Normandy Invasion. Itsmyluckyday needs the wire, Revolutionary trying to get to him, Orb no better than third today. Here's the finish, Itsmyluckyday holds on to win Derby 139!"

And for those betting on more than just the Kentucky Derby (Race 11 at 6:29 p.m. EDT), here is my ABC grid for the 13-race card at Churchill Downs.