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

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

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 Team

Kingsbarns is unbeaten and under the radar in the buildup to the Kentucky Derby (G1).

A winner in all three of his career starts – he did not race as a 2-year-old – this son of Uncle Mo is one of three Derby colts trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher.

His stablemates Forte and Tapit Trice are the more celebrated of Pletcher’s Derby squad, but Kingsbarns has been working as well as any of them in the final weeks before the Run for the Roses.

Winner of the Louisiana Derby (G2) at the Fair Grounds on March 25, Kingsbarns is 3-0 in 2023. He worked 4 furlongs in 48.60 seconds at Churchill Down on Saturday, April 29.

“I’m super happy with all three of them,’’ Pletcher said.

On Kingsbarns, he said: “He’s only had three starts, and the Louisiana Derby was his coming out party. He hasn’t been on the Triple Crown radar for a long time so that’s likely why he’s under the radar.”

After breaking his maiden at Gulfstream on Jan. 14, he went on to win at 1 mile, 40 yards at Tampa Bay Downs on Feb. 12 before his breakthrough in the 1 3/16-mile Louisiana Derby.

Derby history does not favor unraced-as-2-year-olds. Apollo in 1882 was the only Derby winner unraced at 2 until Justify did it, too, in 2018.

As for unbeatens winning the Derby, nine of the 34 who ran with a perfect record came out on top since 1937. The most recent was Justify, 3-0 entering the 2018 Derby. Maximum Security was unbeaten entering the 2019 Derby, but after finishing first he was disqualified for interference and placed 17th.

2023 Kentucky Derby Entries: Kingsbarns

Post position: 6

Odds: 12-1

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Owner: Spendthrift Farm LLC

Career record: 3-3-0-0

Career earnings: $657,300

Derby qualifying points: 100 (8th)

Best Equibase speed figure: 100

Pedigree: Uncle Mo-Lady Tapit, by Tapit

Color: Bay

Running style: Front-runner

Notes: Spendthrift purchased Kingsbarns for $800,000 at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2-year-olds in training sale … This will be Pletcher’s 23rd Derby – he’s 62-2-4-4. His winners were Super Saver in 2010 and Always Dreaming in 2017 … He’s had five starters two times; four starters five times.

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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