2013’s Triple Crown Top Contenders

With May 4 slated as the day for the 139th Kentucky Derby, the Triple Crown countdown clock is winding down. Click to see horse racing's best.

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Kentucky Derby winner Orb is walked to a horse van at Belmont Park, Monday, May 13, 2013 in Elmont, N.Y. Orb is traveling to Pimlico to prepare for the Preakness, Saturday, May 18. Click to see more of horse racing's best.
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Kentucky Derby winner Orb, with exercise rider Jennifer Patterson aboard, walks in his barn at Belmont Park after a workout, Monday, May 13, 2013 in Elmont.
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The Triple Crown countdown clock is winding down. The 139th Kentucky Derby gets things underway on May 4th. A rare horse, Verrazano was able to go from a maiden January 1 horse to the Kentucky Derby favorite. Seen here, the horse has won his three lifetime starts.
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Garrett Gomez rides Palace Malice #5 during the 89th Toyota Blue Grass Stakes at Keenland Race Course on April 13, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.
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Overanalyze and jockey Rafael Bejarano (9) win the $1 million Arkansas Derby horse race at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., Saturday, April 13, 2013.
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In a photo provided by Louisiana Downs, Java's War, left, with Richard Eramia riding, powers past Brown Almighty, with jockey Mark Guidry, to win the Sunday Silence Stakes horse race Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La.
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Orb and jockey John R. Velazquez captured the Grade I Besilu Stables Florida Derby horse race at Gulfstream Park on March 30th in Hallandale Beach, Florida. Orb stole the lead from Itsmyluckyday in the stretch, winning $ 1 million and a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
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Vyjack, with jockey Joel Rosario, captured the Gotham Stakes horse race at New York's Aqueduct on Saturday, March 2. The unbeaten three-year-old has a 50-point victory under his belt, most likely qualifying for the 2013 Derby.
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Goldencents, with jockey Kevin Krigger, race to win the Grade I $750,000 Santa Anita Derby horse race on Saturday, April 6 at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.
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Oxbow with jockey Jon Court lead the pack into the stretch to win the 69th running of the $200,000 Grade III Lecomte Stakes horse race at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.
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Revolutionary with Javier Castellano aboard pulls ahead of Mylute to capture the 100th running of the $1,000,000 Grade II Louisiana Derby horse race at Fair Grounds in New Orleans on March 30th.
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Looking back t 2012's Triple Crown, I'll Have Another came from the middle of the pack before winning the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby. It marked jokey Mario Gutierrez's first victory in his first Derby ride.
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The pair would also win the running of 137th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in 2012. In an exciting come-from-behind win, the victory put I'll Have Another one step closer to winning the Triple Crown.
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I'll Have Another was slated to sweep the 2012 Triple Crown, but an injury kept him from racing. Union Rags ridden by John Velazquez would narrowly beat Paynter ridden by Mike Smith during the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes.
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