2023 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Entries, Odds and Predictions: Lord Miles

2023 Kentucky Derby Post Positions, Entries Odds and Predictions: Lord Miles

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

The road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) was a little bumpy, but Lord Miles won a three-horse battle in the stretch to take the Wood Memorial (G2) and earn a spot in the Run for the Roses.

It was a major surprise as Lord Miles was sent off at 59-1 odds. He edged Hit Show by a nose and withstood an inquiry for the victory as the leaders were so close there was a bit of jostling going on.

All of which has trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr., ready to saddle his third Derby starter.

A Wood win was worth 100 Derby qualifying points, giving the son of two-time Horse of the Year Curlin 105 points for sixth place on the leaderboard.

Coming off a sixth in the Holy Bull (G3) and a fifth in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3), the bay colt is likely to go off at long odds again in the 1 ¼-mile Derby.

A little history: The last Wood winner to go on and capture the Derby was Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000.

Lord Miles won his first career start easily, then closed fast for third in his next start, the Mucho Macho Man. Things did not go well in the Holy Bull and Tampa Bay Derby. In each of those races, he broke from the rail, could not find room to run, dropped back early, and failed to finish in the money.

In the Wood, with Paco Lopez in the irons as he was in the Tampa Bay Derby, Lord Miles was able to gain a favorable stalking position from post 7 and then hold on for the big win.

2023 Kentucky Derby Entries: Lord Miles

Post position: 19

Odds: 30-1

Trainer: Saffie A Joseph, Jr.

Jockey: Paco Lopez

Owners: Vegso Racing Stable (Peter and Anne Vegso)

Career record: 5-2-0-1

Career earnings: $451,100

Derby qualifying points: 105 (6th)

Best Equibase speed figure: 100

Pedigree: Curlin-Lady Esme, by Majestic Warrior

Color: Bay

Running style: Closer

Notes: This will be Ocala-based owner Peter Vegso’s first Derby starter … Vegso is an entrepreneur who was involved with publishing the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book series … Joseph is from Barbados and began training in South Florida in 2011 … Lopez, a top rider at Monmouth Park, has more than 3,500 career wins. His mounts were unplaced in two previous Derby starts.

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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