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

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

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

A son of 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify, Verifying punched his ticket to the Kentucky Derby (G1) after a narrow loss to Tapit Trice in the Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland on April 8.

Purchased for $775,000 at the Keeneland Yearling Sale, the runner-up finish bolstered his Derby qualifying points to 54 from 14 points and up to 13th on the leaderboard.

Trainer Brad Cox said he expected Verifying to win. “I thought he ran a winning race (in losing by a neck). He got beat by a very good horse.” (Tapit Trice is expected to be one of the Derby favorites)

The colt’s debut came at Saratoga, where he won on Aug. 27. Next up was the Champagne (G1) at Aqueduct, where he finished second before closing out his 2-year-old campaign with a sixth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).

His 3-year-old season opened with an allowance victory at Oaklawn, followed by a fourth in the Rebel (G2) after getting caught up in traffic around the final turn and dropping back.

2023 Kentucky Derby Entries: Verifying

Post position: 2

Odds: 15-1

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Owners: Westerberg, Mrs. John Magnier, Jonathan Poulin, Derrick Smith, Michael B. Tabor

Career record: 6-2-2-0

Career earnings: $489,900

Derby qualifying points: 54 (13th)

Best Equibase speed figure: 102

Pedigree: Justify-Diva Delite, by Repent

Color: Bay

Running style: Press pace

Notes: The four Cox Derby contenders are: Angel of Empire, Hit Show, Verifying, and Jace’s Road … Verifying worked 5 furlongs in 1:01 at Churchill Downs on April 21 … Gaffalione will be riding in his fifth straight Derby; he finished 16th aboard White Abarrio in 2022.

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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