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

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

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

Let’s begin at the top of the charts with the likely favorite for the 149th running of the $3 million Kentucky Derby (G1).

Forte has been a picture of perfection over the past eight months, including victories in the Florida Derby (G1) and the Fountain of Youth (G2), both at Gulfstream Park.

With 190 Derby qualifying points, the 3-year-old colt is No. 1 on the Derby points leaderboard, and his impressive victories – he also was voted 2-year-old champion following his win in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) — marks him as the horse to beat.

Owned by New Yorker Mike Repole, trained by Hall of Famer Todd Pletcher, and ridden by the nation’s leading jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., Forte seems to be getting better with each race.

The Violence colt arrived at Churchill Downs on April 17 after a 14-hour van ride from Florida. Four days later, he breezed 5 furlongs in 1:02 under Ortiz, running outside of stablemate Bright Future. He galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:14.40.

“If you look at Forte’s progression numbers wise, he’s made that progression forward in each start,’’ Pletcher said. “He is a very straightforward horse to train. He’s pushbutton. When Irad asked him to sit just off of his workmate this morning he did just that.

When you press ‘go’, he quickly accelerated to put a head in front of his workmate.”

He’s already experienced being bumped early on in some races, and being forced to run wide in others, but he’s come through nearly every time in seven career starts (he’s 6-for-7).

Pletcher has two other strong Derby contenders in Tapit Trice (Grade 1 Blue Grass winner) and Kingsbarn (Grade 2 Louisiana Derby winner).

2023 Kentucky Derby Contenders: Forte

Post position: 15

Odds: 3-1

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Owner: Repole Stable (Mike Repole), St. Elias Stable (Vincent Viola)

Career record: 7-6-0-0

Career earnings: $2,409,830

Derby qualifying points: 190 (1st)

Best Equibase speed figure: 106

Pedigree: Violence-Queen Carolina, by Blame

Color: Bay

Running style: Stalker/closer

Notes: Pletcher is looking for his third Derby win – his others are Super Saver (2010) and Always Dreaming (2017) … Ortiz is 0-for-6 in the Derby, his best finish being fourth aboard Improbable in 2019 … Repole is 0-for-7 in the Derby, 0-for-3 as sole owner, and 0-for-4 as co-owner. His best finisher was fifth with Mo Donegal (co-owner with Donegal Racing) … Repole’s Uncle Mo, among the expected betting favorites, was scratched the morning of the 2011 Derby due to a serious stomach ailment.


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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