Kentucky Derby

The Worst 5 Derby Winners of the 2000’s

Emily Shields
Emily Shields

We did the five best Kentucky Derby winners of the 00’s yesterday…now lets move on to the worst.  It’s always hard to make a list like this because lets face it they did win the biggest race in the country!  However, we all know sometimes a horse will win that might not exactly be worthy.  I had an easy time with the first for horses on the list, however the fifth one was hard to come up with because all the other winners in the 2000’s were very good.  Lets take a look.

1. Super Saver (2010)

He didn’t have the greatest resume coming into the race, and he certainly did nothing after the race.  In my opinion he is an easy choice to top the list as he was a complete non factor after his big Kentucky Derby win.  Super Saver raced three more times after the Derby finishing eighth, fourth, and tenth in those races.  If not for the rain would Super Saver had even won the Kentucky Derby?  Probably not…but we’ll never know that for sure.  The good news is he did win the biggest race in American racing.  The bad news is he will be mostly forgotten.

2. Mine That Bird (2009)

This Kentucky Derby was one of my all time favorties as Mine That Bird produced one of the biggest upsets in Kentucky Derby history.  Mine That Bird was so far under the radar that literally nobody knew who he even was as he flew past his rivals in an unbelievable last to first move.  Unfortunately the Kentucky Derby was the last win of his career, but he did finish second in the Preakness and third in the Belmont Stakes.  What happened after that is better off forgotten as he ran in seven more races but only hit the board one time.

3. Giacomo (2005)

He was only a maiden winner when entered in the 2005 Kentucky Derby, but on that day he was able to pull a massive upset to win.  However much like before the Kentucky Derby his record after his big win in Kentucky wasn’t quite up to elite level he achieved in the Derby.  In fact he won only one other race the rest of his career, which came in the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar.  He finished his career with three wins in sixteen starts.

4. Orb (2013)

“I think he could be the one” were words that were uttered by many people after he splashed home to win the Kentucky Derby in 2013.  His breeding seemed right, his record looked good enough, and he had connections that everyone wanted to see win.  Turns out he wasn’t the one…not at all.  He struggled in an off the board finish in the Preakness, and then finished third in the Belmont Stakes.  After that he only appeared in two more races: The Travers Stakes where he finished third and the Jockey Club Gold Cup where we was a well beaten eighth.

5. Monarchos (2001)

Like I said earlier whoever I put fifth I was going to feel bad about doing so because past the first four I have much respect for the rest of the horses I could have selected here.  Monarchos had a tremendous resume leading up to the Kentucky Derby, and ran a terrific race to win.  However, he did not win a race after his Kentucky Derby triumph in what ended up being a shortened career.  Perhaps the lead up to and the Kentucky Derby itself took a toll on this solid race horse.


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