Top Three Horses That Will Give Us the Next Triple Crown

Top Three Horses That Will Give Us the Next Triple Crown

After studying Kentucky Derby past performances, three horses stand out as possible Triple Crown winners. To be clear, a different horse in the race, like favorite Forte, could end up winning the crown but we feel confident that the three here have the best shot of taking the Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and the Belmont Stakes.

Keep reading to find out why Derma Sotogake, Tapit Trice, and Angel of Empire have the best horse racing betting lines to win the Triple Crown in 2023.


Top Three Horses That Will Give Us the Next Triple Crown

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Kentucky Derby: Saturday, May 6, 2023
Preakness Stakes: Saturday, May 20, 2023
Belmont Stakes: Saturday, Jun 10, 2023


Derma Sotogake

149th Kentucky Derby | The Run for the Roses
Trainer: Hidetaka Otanashi
Owner: Hiroyuki Asanuma
Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

Mind Your Biscuits was a sprinter-miler. Biscuits was as tough as it got going a mile or less. It turns out, his progeny Derma Sotogake prefers longer.

The Japanese horse won the 1 3/16 miles Grade 2 UAE Derby in his last. Derma Sotogake didn’t just win the UAE Derby, he dominated his foes. For sure, winning the Kentucky Derby won’t be as easy, but Derma has a high cruising speed that will allow him to lie right off Kingsbarns and Verifying and then go past the front runners around the final turn.

Don’t be surprised if Derma wins the Derby by holding off fast closing horses like Tapit Trice, Forte, and Angel of Empire. Winning the Preakness won’t be an issue because the second jewel is at the same distance as the UAE Derby.

Taking the Belmont will be difficult. Although Mind Your Biscuits was more of a sprinter, broodmare Amour Poesie calls Sunday Silence her grandsire and Neo Universe her sire. Neo Universe finished fourth in the 2003 1 ½ mile Grade 1 Japan Cup on the grass.


Tapit Trice

149th Kentucky Derby | The Run for the Roses
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Owner: Whisper Hill Farm, LLC and Gainesway Stable (Antony Beck)
Jockey: Luis Saez

Since a third place finish in his first lifetime start, Tapit Trice has been unbeatable. Todd Pletcher’s second Derby contender, Forte is his first, also won two Kentucky Derby prep races: the Grade 3 Tampa Bay Derby and the Grade 1 Bluegrass Stakes.

No doubt, Tapit Trice is the best bred horse in the race. Because Tapit is Trice’s sire, he’s a half-brother to 2022 Horse of the Year Flightline.

Tapit is also the only horse to sire four Belmont Stakes winners: Tonalist, Creator, Tapwrit, and Essential Quality. So if Tapit Trice wins the Derby and the Preakness, a victory in the Belmont should be all but assured.


Angel of Empire

149th Kentucky Derby | The Run for the Roses
Trainer: Brad Cox
Owner: Albaugh Family Stables LLC
Jockey: Flavien Prat

Like Tapit Trice, Angel of Empire won two Kentucky Derby prep races, the Grade 2 Risen Star and the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby. Angel of Empire’s breeding, sired by Classic Empire and from a To Honor And Serve broodmare, suggests he won’t struggle with any of the Triple Crown race distances.

What gives Angel of Empire an edge over his competition, and the reason he might be the horse among the three to back to win the Triple Crown, is his amazing turn of foot.

Angel can cruise as close to the pace as required before unleashing a devastating turn of foot that leaves his competition in his wake. By devastating, we mean once Angel of Empire gets going he can keep going for up to a mile.

An elongated turn of foot make Angel of Empire a legit Crown contender.

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2023 Kentucky Derby Field: Post Positions, Betting Odds, Jockeys, Trainers

#Post PositionQualifying PointsTrainerJockeyOdds
1. Hit Show60Brad CoxManny Franco30-1
2. Verifying54Brad CoxTyler Gaffalione15-1
3. Two Phil’s123Larry RivelliJareth Loveberry12-1
4. Confidence Game57Keith DesormeauxJames Graham20-1
5. Tapit Trice150Todd PletcherLuis Saez5-1
6. Kingsbarns100Todd PletcherJose Ortiz8-1
7. Reincarnate45Tim YakteenJohn Velazquez50-1
8. Mage50Gustavo DelgadoJavier Castellano15-1
9. Skinner45John ShirreffsJuan Hernandez20-1
10. Practical Move160Tim YakteenRamon Vazquez10-1
11. Disarm46Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario30-1
12. Jace’s Road45Brad CoxFlorent Geroux50-1
13. Sun Thunder54Ken McPeekBrian Hernandez Jr.50-1
14. Angel of Empire154Brad CoxFlavien Prat8-1
15. Forte190Todd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr.3-1
16. Raise Cain64Ben ColebrookGerardo Corrales50-1
17. Derma Sotogake (JPN)100Hidetaka OtonashiChristophe Lemaire10-1
18. Rocket Can60Bill MottJunior Alvarado30-1
19. Lord Miles104Saffie Joseph, Jr.Paco Lopez30-1
20. Continuar (JPN)30Yoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai50-1
AE 21 Cyclone Mischief45Dale RomansJoel Rosario 30-1
AE 22 Mandarin Hero (JPN)40Terunobu FujitaKazushi Kimura20-1
AE 23 King Russell40Ron MoquettRafael Bejarano50-1
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