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

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

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

If Florida Derby (G1) runner-up Mage gets off to a good start in the Kentucky Derby (G1), he just might have a chance to wind up wearing the garland of roses.

Big Brown, the maternal grandsire of Mage (we know it’s a reach but keep reading) blew away the field in the 2008 Florida Derby by 5 lengths, then won the Kentucky Derby by 4 ¾ lengths.

Like Big Brown, Mage is lightly raced – both horses made their third career starts in the Florida Derby.

The results weren’t the same, but Mage was racing last until the turn, when he blazed into contention, took the lead in the stretch but couldn’t hold off expected Derby favorite Forte in the final strides.

It was a gallant effort, and if bloodlines mean anything Mage is worth a look in your wagering.

The runner-up effort boosted the Gustavo Delgado-trainee into Derby contention with 40 qualifying points.

After the race, Delgado’s son, Gustavo Delgado Jr., said: “We expected a better break from the gate. That was key. It happened again (he hit the gate at the start of the Fountain of Youth); it can’t happen in a race like the Derby. Other than that, what else can you ask?”

Luis Saez was aboard in the Florida Derby, but the younger Delgado said Javier Castellano will be aboard on Derby Day (the Hall of Famer rode him in the Fountain of Youth).

Mage, a son of 2017 2-year-old champion Good Magic, arrived at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, April 25, after a long van ride from Florida, and went out for 1 ¼-mile gallop.

“He’s a pretty laid-back horse,” Delgado, Jr. said. “He gave us the impression that he enjoys the track, so far, so good.”

2023 Kentucky Derby Entries Odds and Predictions: Mage

Post position: 8

Odds: 15-1

Trainer: Gustavo Delgado

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Owners: OGMA Investments LLC, Restrepo, Sterling Racing LLC, CMNWLTH

Career record: 3-1-1-0

Career earnings: $247,200

Derby qualifying points: 50 (16th)

Best Equibase speed figure: 102

Pedigree: Good Magic-Puca, by Big Brown

Color: Chestnut

Running style: Front-runner/stalker

Notes: In his three starts, Mage won his debut at Gulfstream Park, finished fourth to Forte in the Fountain of Youth, and second by a length to Forte in the Florida Derby … This will be the third Derby starter for Venezuelan Delgado – Bodexpress ran 13th in 2019, and Majesto ran 18th in 2016 … Castellano is 0-for-15 in the Derby; his best finish was third aboard Audible in 2018.


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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