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horse racing kentucky derby2023 Kentucky Derby Entries

Updated: 5/06/2023

The 149th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1), the "Run for the Roses" featuring the best 3-year-olds of 2023, is on the first Saturday in May. Entries closed on Monday May 1 and a full field of 20 was draw with 3 also eligibles for this 1 1/4 mile classic beneath the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs.

As expected Forte is the 3-1 morning line favorite drawing post 15, off a five race win streak including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1) and Florida Derby (G1). Regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr. retains the mount for trainer Todd Pletcher. The second choice at 5-1 is Tapit Trice also trained by Pletcher, winner of four straight including the Tampa Bay Derby (G3) and Blue Grass Stakes (G1). Luis Saez will be in the irons again from post 5. Angel of Empire is the 8-1 third choice off wins in the Risen Star Stakes (G2) and Arkansas Derby (G1). Flavien Prat retains the mount for trainer Brad Cox out of post 14.

Below is a list of the entries with their post position, trainer, jockey, morning line odds, and dosage index. Free past performances will be available here and here (look for Angel of Empire). Each horse names links to a profile with lots of info and a photo. Entries for the entire Kentucky Derby card can be found on Equibase.

Update: Practical Move scratched on Thursday afternoon due to an elevated temperature letting in Cyclone Mischief from the also-eligibles. Later on Thursday, all Saffie Joseph Jr. horses were scratched at Churchill Downs for safety reasons, including Lord Miles in the Derby, allowing Mandarin Hero in the race. Thursday evening Continuar scratched by his trainer after he observed him today, so now King Russell is in as well. Friday morning, Skinner was also scratched due to an elevated temperature. Saturday morning, favorite Forte was scratched by trainer Todd Pletcher due to a bruised right front foot. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. will now ride Cyclone Mischief instead of Joel Rosario.

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Kentucky Derby Poll
Who will win the 2023 Kentucky Derby?

Angel Of Empire
Confidence Game
Derma Sotogake
Hit Show
Jace's Road
Mandarin Hero
Raise Cain
Rocket Can
Sun Thunder
Tapit Trice
Two Phils
King Russell

1Hit ShowBrad Cox2.50Manny Franco30-1
2VerifyingBrad Cox3.00Tyler Gaffalione15-1
3Two PhilsLarry Rivelli2.64Jareth Loveberry12-1
4Confidence GameKeith Desormeaux1.67James Graham50-1
5Tapit TriceTodd Pletcher3.92Luis Saez5-1
6KingsbarnsTodd Pletcher1.80Jose Ortiz12-1
7ReincarnateTim Yakteen3.00John Velazquez50-1
8MageGustavo Delgado2.50Javier Castellano15-1
9SkinnerJohn Shirreffs2.33Juan Hernandezscratched
10Practical MoveTim Yakteen3.00Ramon Vazquezscratched
11DisarmSteve Asmussen2.43Joel Rosario30-1
12Jace's RoadBrad Cox2.33Florent Geroux15-1
13Sun ThunderKen McPeek3.00Brian Hernandez Jr.50-1
14Angel Of EmpireBrad Cox9.00Flavien Prat8-1
15ForteTodd Pletcher3.00Irad Ortiz Jr.scratched
16Raise Cain Ben Colebrook1.86Gerardo Corrales50-1
17Derma SotogakeHidetaka Otonashi3.00Christophe Lemaire10-1
18Rocket CanBill Mott4.33Junior Alvarado30-1
19Lord MilesSaffie Joseph Jr.3.44Paco Lopezscratched
20ContinuarYoshito Yahagi1.15Ryusei Sakaiscratched
21Cyclone MischiefDale Romans3.00Irad Ortiz Jr.30-1
22Mandarin HeroTerunobu Fujita1.40Kazushi Kimura20-1
23King RussellRon Moquett1.93Rafael Bejarano50-1

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