2023 Kentucky Derby Post Positioons, Entries, Odds, Futures and Predictions: Confidence Game

2023 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Entries, Odds and Predictions: Confidence Game

The 149th Kentucky Derby (G1) presented by Woodford Reserve will be run on Saturday, May 6, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. The purse is $3 million, with $1.86 million going to the winner. US Racing is profiling each horse in the field. The post-position draw is Monday, May 1. Profiles will be updated with post positions and odds following the draw.

2023 Kentucky Derby Profile: Confidence Game

By US Racing Team

A $25,000 bargain purchased by Kirk Godby’s Don’t Tell My Wife Stables at the Keeneland yearling sale, Confidence Game pulled off an 18-1 upset in the Rebel Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn to gain entry into the Kentucky Derby (G1).

Trained by Keith Desormeaux, Confidence Game has shown some versatility during his career, winning two of his three races going wire-to-wire, then rallying from fifth while taken four wide for his 1-length win in the 1 1/16-mile Rebel over a sloppy track.

He comes into the Derby off a longer than usual layoff for contenders — 10 weeks.

James Graham has been aboard the Candy Ride colt in six of seven races, and has the mount again in the Derby, where he’s 0-fo-2.

After the Rebel, Graham said: “He wasn’t doing too much too soon. He had a ton left down the lane. I’m just so happy for everyone involved and especially this horse. He keeps maturing and doing things the right way. I think the sky is the limit for him.”

2023 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Confidence Game

Post position: 4

Odds: 20-1

Trainer: Keith Desormeaux

Jockey: James Graham

Owner: Don’t Tell My Wife Stables (Kirk Godby)

Career record: 7-3-1-2

Career earnings: $785,525

Derby qualifying points: 57 (12th)

Best Equibase speed figure: 104

Pedigree: Candy Ride-Eblouissante, by Bernardini

Color: Bay

Running style: Front-runner/stalker

Notes: Desormeaux the brother of Hall of Fame rider Keith will be saddling his fourth Derby horse, his best finish second with Exaggerator (Kent was aboard) in 2016 … Don’t Tell My Wife Stables is based in Fort Worth, emerged in 2022 and Confidence Game’s Rebel win was the group’s first stakes score.

Kentucky Derby 2023 Odds

PP Horse Jockey Trainer Owner Odds
1 Hit Show Franco Brad H. Cox West, Gary and Mary 30-1
2 Verifying Gaffalione Brad H. Cox Poulin, Jonathan, Westerberg, Magnier, Mrs. John, Smith, Derrick and Tabor, Michael B. 15-1
3 Two Phil’s Loveberry Larry Rivelli Patricia’s Hope LLC and Sagan, Phillip 12-1
4 Conficence Game Graham J. Keith Desormeaux Don’t Tell My Wife Stables 20-1
5 Tapit Trice Saez Todd A. Pletcher Whisper Hill Farm, LLC and Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck) 5-1
6 Kinkngbarns J. Ortiz Todd A. Pletcher Spendthrift Farm LLC 12-1
7 Reincartnate Velazquez Tim Yakteen SF Racing LLC, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables LLC, Masterson, Robert E., Stonestreet Stables LLC, Schoenfarber, Jay A., Waves Edge Capital LLC and Donovan, Catherine 50-1
8 Mage Castellano Gustavo Delgado OGMA Investments, LLC, Restrepo, Ramiro, Sterling Racing LLC and CMNWLTH 15-1
SCR Skinner Hernandez John A. Shirreffs C R K Stable 20-1
SCR Practical Move Vazquez Tim Yakteen Amestoy, Jr., Pierre Jean, Amestoy, Leslie A. and Beasley, Roger K. SCR
9 Disarm Rosario Steven M. Asmussen Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC 30/1
10 Jace’s Road Geroux Brad H. Cox West Point Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables LLC 15-1
11 Sun Thunder Hernandez Jr Kenneth G. McPeek R.T Racing Stable and Cypress Creek Equine 30-1
12 Angel Of Empire Prat Brad H. Cox Albaugh Family Stables LLC 8-1
13 Forte I. Ortiz JR. Todd A. Pletcher Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable 3-1
14 Raise Can Corrales Ben Colebrook Warren, Andrew and Warren, Rania 15-1
15 Derma Sotogake Lemaire Hidetaka Otonashi Hiroyuki Asanuma 10-1
16 Rocket Can Alvarado William I. Mott Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc. 15-1
SCR Lord Miles Lopez Todd A. Pletcher Vegso Racing Stable 30-1
17 Continuar Sakai Yoshito Yahagi Lion Race Horse Co. Ltd. 50-1
18 Cyclone Mischief J. Rosario D. Romans Albaugh Family Stables LLC and Castleton Lyons. 30-1
19 Mandarin Hero Kazushi Kimura Terunobu Fujita Hiroaki Arai. 20-1
20 King Russell Rafael Bejarano Ron Moquett Jones, Brereton C. and Naber Racing, LLC 50-1
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