2023 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Entries, Odds and Predictions: Disarm

2023 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Entries, Odds and Predictions: Disarm

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.

By US Racing Staff

Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen has won the Preakness (G1) twice (with Curlin in 2007 and Rachel Alexandra in 2009), the Belmont Stakes (G1) once (Creator in 2016) and the Kentucky Derby (G1) … well, let’s just say it’s not for lack of trying.

In 23 tries, he’s 0-3-2, and almost got off the schneid last year, when favorite Epicenter took the lead with a quarter-mile to go but couldn’t hold off the late charge from 80-1 Rich Strike. “What just happened?” he asked in shock after the finish. “How?”

Asmussen is back this year with Disarm, a look-alike son of Gun Runner who sidled into the Derby field on April 15 with a third-place finish in the Lexington at Keeneland. He’d entered the Lexington ranked 26th on the leaderboard with 40 points after finishing second in the Louisiana Derby (G2).

“He’s a horse we missed time with over the winter,” said Asmussen of Disarm, 18th on the Derby leaderboard with 46 points. “He ran solid in the Louisiana Derby [and] he needed the points. He’s a very durable horse. There’s a lot to him.

“We have not gotten his best race, but everybody has seen his potential. … I believe in the horse.”

Does he believe in himself?

“I’m ridiculously optimistic,” he said, which isn’t surprising, as he leads all North American trainers with more than 10,000 career victories and ranks second (to Todd Pletcher) with about $410.8 million in purses earned.

Asmussen still hasn’t gotten over last year’s stunning loss, but as he says, he never gets over anything.

“The anxiousness of not winning the Derby, Epicenter’s close defeat last year, I think has heightened the want-to to do it,” he said.

2023 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Disarm

Post position: 11

Odds: 30-1

Trainer: Steve Asmussen

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC

Career record: 5-1-2-2

Career earnings: $327,850

Derby qualifying points: 46 (17th)

Best Equibase speed figure: 95

Pedigree: Gun Runner-Easy Tap, by Tapit

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Mid-pack

Notes:  Disarm breezed 5 furlongs on April 24 in 1:00.00, fastest of 18 at the distance, and will breeze again Monday (May 1), said Asmussen … Winchell Thoroughbreds, which owned Epicenter, is a partnership of Joan Winchell and her son, Ron, who are continuing the operation of Joan’s husband and Ron’s dad, Verne.


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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