Update Kentucky Derby Odds: 2023 Road to the Roses

Update Kentucky Derby Odds: 2023 Road to the Roses

We are one month away from the Run for the Roses, the 2023 Kentucky Derby. The first Saturday in May is cemented in sports as the day attention turn to Churchill Downs, As we enter April, MyBookie has updated odds on the horses expected to contend for the title at the 2023 Kentucky Derby. 

Check out four bold predictions for the 2023 Kentucky Derby so you can plan ahead your bets and place them on the Kentucky Derby odds.


2023 Road to the Roses: Updated Kentucky Derby Odds

Kentucky Derby Race Info:
When: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Where: Churchill Downs; Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Distance: 1+1⁄4 miles | 10 furlongs; 2 kms


Forte is the Favorite

The favorite as April approaches is Forte, trained by Todd Pletcher, who won the Derby in 2010 and 2017. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. won the Belmont Stakes last year on Mo Donegal and is a four-time Jockey of the Year winner. 

Forte is +300 to win the Derby as a pretty big favorite, with no other horses under +800. Forte was the Breeders Cup Juvenile winner last year as a two-year-old, and they have kept him from overuse so far this year. 

Forte won the Fountain of Youth Stakes on March 4th and has five wins in six starts. Forte has also won on four different tracks with three Grade 1 wins, showing why he’s the favorite heading into the Derby


Tapit Trice a Contender

The second favorite at MyBookie is Tapit Trice at +800, also trained by Pletcher. Tapit Trice is a late-running colt who may excel in the longer race at Churchill Downs as a come-from-behind winner. 

In four starts, Tapit Trice is 3-0-1 in the Win-Place-Show standings with a win at the Tampa Bay Derby March 11. The other wins came at Gulfstream Park in February and at Aqueduct in December. 


Mid of the Pack Horses

At MyBookie, there are a pair of horses in the mid-range odds to keep an eye on. The first of those is Practical Move at +1000, and the other is Kingsbarns at +1200. 

Practical Move is trained by Tim Yakteen, and he’s 3-1-2 in six starts. Two wins have come in a row, with a victory at the Santa Anita G2 San Felipe Stakes on March 4 and December 17 at the Los Alamitos Futurity. Practical Move lost to +3300 National Treasure at Del Mar last September. 

Kingsbarns has made a lot of noise lately, and his odds have plummeted down to +1200. He is trained by Pletcher and has won all three starts, including a dominating win by more than seven lengths at the Tampa Bay Downs in February. Kingsbarns also took the Louisiana Derby on March 25 to gain momentum for the Derby. 


Longshots That Can Win 

There are a pair of horses at +3300 that have had success in the pre-Derby races. One of those is the aforementioned National Treasure, who won at Del Mar in September, beating other Derby contenders. Originally trained by the suspended Bob Baffert, 

National Treasure was transferred to Yakteen to be eligible at Churchill Downs. National Treasure is 1-1-2 in four starts and finished third in the Breeders Cup as a juvenile. 

The other horse at +3300 to take a look at is Reincarnate, who was also transferred from Baffert to Yakteen to be eligible for the Derby. Reincarnate won the Grade 3 Sham Stakes on January 8 and is 2-3-1 in six starts. 


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Race information

Race typeThoroughbred
Distance1+1⁄4 miles (10 furlongs; 2 km)
Record1:59.40, Secretariat (1973,1+1⁄4 miles)
2:34.50, Spokane (1889,1+1⁄2 miles)
WeightColt/Gelding: 126 lbs (57.2 kg)
Filly: 121 lb (55 kg)
PurseUS$3 million
1st: $1,860,000

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