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2023 Kentucky Derby Odds, Schedule & Preview

By Jeff Stinger

On Saturday, twenty of the best three-year-old horses in the world enter the starting gate at Churchill Downs to run in the 2023 Kentucky Derby. Todd Pletcher trained Forte will go off the favorite followed by another Pletcher trained horse, Tapit Trice. Check out 2023 Kentucky Derby odds, broadcast information, and a preview of America’s most popular horse race.

2023 Kentucky Derby Race Info

  • When: Saturday, May 6, 2023. 2:30 pm EST
  • Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY
  • TV/Streaming: Peacock
  • Distance & Surface: 1 ¼ miles on dirt

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2023 Kentucky Derby Entry List

  1. Hit Show +3000
  2. Verifying +1500
  3. Two Phil’s +1200
  4. Confidence Game +2000
  5. Tapit Trice +500
  6. Kingsbarns +1200
  7. Reincarnate +5000
  8. Mage +1500
  9. Skinner +1200
  10. Practical Move +1000
  11. Disarm +3000
  12. Jace’s Road +1500
  13. Sun Thunder +5000
  14. Angel of Empire +800
  15. Forte +300
  16. Raise Cane +5000
  17. Derma Sotogake +1000
  18. Rocket Can +3000
  19. Lord Miles +3000
  20. Continuar +5000

Forte is a solid 3-to-1 morning line, but Tapit Trice will go off the favorite on Derby Day

Forte has won 6-of-7 races and 5 straight graded events, including the Grade 1 Florida Derby. But the Pletcher runner won’t go off the chalk on Derby Day.

Why? On April 29, Forte provided one of the slowest works of the day. Forte worked 4 furlongs in 49.4. It was the ninety-sixth fastest work from 150 at the distance. Sure, Pletcher wants Forte to save his best for Saturday, but the work was so slow we must question if the chalk is over the top.

Tapit Trice has won 4 straight. Pletcher’s other contender worked the same day and at the same distance but Trice ran 4 furlongs in 48.1. Because of the work, and the fact Tapit sired Trice, Pletcher’s other horse will go off the favorite, not Forte.

Brad Cox trained Angel of Empire is attracting the most attention in the early betting

Last week, Angel of Empire was at +1400 to win the Kentucky Derby. This week, Angel is third choice at +800.

Speed players are going to shun the idea of of the slow Angel of Empire winning the Run for the Roses. But before writing off Angel of Empire, it’s important to note that he’s a cruiser type that kicks it into gear around the turn.

Actually, Angel of Empire can extend his closing kick for a mile, maybe, longer. Cruiser type means Angel will run as fast as required to keep pace with the front runners before kicking it up a notch. Take the Cox runner seriously.

The word is out that Practical Move may struggle getting the distance

After winning the Santa Anita Derby, oddsmakers set a +800 line on Practical Move to win the Derby. When Churchill drew post-positions and set morning lines on Monday, Practical Move had become a +1000 choice.

The horse is all heart. But the Tim Yakteen trainee was desperate to hang on the final eighth of a mile in a 1 1/8 mile race. How can Practical Move possibly hang on an extra eighth of a mile in a 1 ¼ mile race?

He probably won’t, which is why most horseplayers aren’t using Practical Move on top in their exotics.

Derma Sotogake will look to get a nice spot right behind front runner Kingsbarns

The UAE Derby winner could be a monster. There’s a good chance Derma Sotogake’s odds drop in half from the +1000 morning line to +500.

Derma’s blowout UAE Derby victory isn’t the only reason. The other reason is because Derma Sotogake can sit right behind Kingsbarns and probably Verifying before taking over at the top of the stretch. For the first time, the UAE Derby winner has a legit chance to win the Run for the Roses.

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