Kentucky Derby Contenders
Kentucky Derby contenders and odds for 2023. Place your bets on BUSR right away to receive a $150 Welcome Cash Bonus and up to $2,000 in Daily Paid Rebates!
As the Kentucky Derby draws near, the contenders start to widdle down. The post position for the Kentucky Derby has historically been a decent predictor of the winners, who are often positioned 5-8. The Derby’s post placements are drawn on Wednesday, and we’ll update this information as soon as it’s available.
The 2023 Kentucky Derby will be held on Saturday, May 6th under Louisville, Kentucky’s renowned Churchill Downs racetrack.
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Kentucky Derby Futures: Early Predictions on 2023 Triple Crown Contenders
One of the most exciting preseason pastimes is placing a wager on futures pick for the 149th Derby, which will be held on May 6, 2023, at the stunning Churchill Downs racecourse. Throughout the month of April, BUSR will update you on significant entries and changing odds for potential Derby contenders.
Cave Rock and Forte
Those who placed first and second in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Forte and Cave Rock, both presented by TAA, performed well at Keeneland. Cave Rock set a fast pace early, broke away in the front stretch, and finished more than a second ahead of stablemate National Treasure despite tiring slightly later and lugging in.
Forte received the ideal trip and ride from Irad Ortiz Jr. when he entered the race midway down the far turn and fought back in the middle of the stretch to win by 1 12 lengths and earn 30 Kentucky Derby qualifying points.
Forte demonstrated why he is currently the most advanced racehorse in his age group by winning Grade 1 races in the Hopeful Stakes as well as the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity, both of which were held on the same track and covered a distance of 1 1/16 miles as the Juvenile.
Except for National Treasure, Cave Rock also entered the race fresh from two consecutive Grade 1 triumphs, the Runhappy Del Mar Futurity and the American Pharoah Stakes. But in the California circuit, those victories were against weaker competition.
Most multiple Grade 1-winning 2-year-olds are often past their peak by the time the important Kentucky Derby prep races taking place in late March and early April, but these two colts seem to have some staying ability.
A Baffert trainee got everyone’s attention at Keeneland just one day after the BC Juvenile.
This Uncle Mo colt was purchased by Amr Zedan for $2.3 million in April. On Saturday, he romped to victory in the Breeders’ Cup first event, a seven-furlong maiden special weight, won by 7 14 lengths.
When he first began his career, he was given 0.76-1 odds. On his way to an incredible victory, he took the lead early, came under minor pressure entering the far turn, and then stabilized the scenario by the quarter pole.
Arabian Knight’s 102 Equibase Speed Figure in the Juvenile was superior to Forte’s (107) and Cave Rock’s (104) marks.
This horse is a longshot to win the Kentucky Derby over five and half months from May 6 despite his impressive maiden victory.
Undoubtedly one of the most successful young sires in existence, Uncle Mo has already sired a Kentucky Derby winner, but Arabian Knight’s dam’s (mother’s) side genealogy is unimpressive in terms of stamina because all of his living closest cousins are sprinters-milers.
This son of renowned stud Into Mischief was unquestionably the best 2-year-old victor at Keeneland’s regular October meet.
On October 13, he triumphed in his first-ever special weight race over the “beard” distance (about seven furlongs) at Keeneland. Tyler Gaffalione rode him to victory, and he earned a 95 Equibase Speed Figure.
Extra Anejo’s owner Winchell Thoroughbreds invested $1.35 million for him as a yearling. Hall of Fame Steve Asmussen is his trainer.
Extra Anejo fits the requirements as one or two 3-year-olds who excel on the Triple Crown trail are consistently produced by this owner-trainer team.
As a “Prep Season” race in the “Road to the Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve” series, Instant Coffee, trained by Brad Cox and owned by Al Gold’s Gold Square LLC, finished first in 1 1/16 miles over a fast track in 1:45.25, earning $238,440 and earning 10 points.
With three victories from three races, Instant Coffee has amassed $322,815. His one shortcoming was a fourth-place finish in the $600,000 Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland after his previous start.
Instant Coffee, a Bolt d’Oro son out of the Uncle Mo mare Follow No One, was bred at Sagamore Farm in Kentucky. Undoubtedly an excellent choice to stay informed about the forthcoming Kentucky Derby in 2023.
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