Kentucky Derby 2023: Confidence Game Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 5, 2023
Confidence Game

Confidence Game is a well-run horse that showed marked improvement during the 2023 Kentucky Derby prep circuit. He won enough points to qualify for the Run for the Roses with a victory on a messy track at the Rebel Stakes in February and hasn’t ran since. He closed a 40-1 longshot on Churchill Downs’ futures odds board and should remain a longshot moving to race day. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Confidence Game Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 3-1-2 (7)

Owner: Don’t Tell My Wife Stables

Jockey: James Graham

Trainer: J. Keith Desormeaux

Color: Dark Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 57 (12th)

Running Style: Stalker

Last race: Won Rebel Stakes (G2)

Sire/Dam: Candy Ride/Eblouissante

Post position: 4

Morning line odds: 20-1

Confidence Game Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
2/25/23Rebel Stakes (G2)1 1/16 miles951st
1/21/23Lecomte (G3)1 1/16 miles873rd
11/26/22Alwoc1 1/16 miles921st
10/12/22Alwoc1 1/16 miles822nd
9/17/22Iroquois (G3)1 1/16 miles755th
8/13/22MSW6 furlongs801st
7/2/22MSW6 furlongs713rd

The Word On Confidence Game

April 29: “…worked five furlongs in :59 for trainer Keith Desormeaux, a move that was the fastest of 54 at the distance.
‘That beautiful breeze you saw was his last real preparation,’ Desormeaux said. ‘And it was awesome. I heard he galloped out one mile and one-sixteenth in 1:43. He walked back to the barn with steady controlled breathing and he was relaxed cooling out. We just need to keep him happy and limber, school him in the paddock this week, enjoy the process and we’re ready.'”

May 1: Will race out of Gate 4 and opened with 20-1 morning line odds.

May 5: “It seems simple to me. In my mind, it’s simple. Our post position is determined. Hopefully there’s speed on the outside, surely. They’re going to be sending their horses. They are going to overdo it and they’re going to come down on us. But, that pace is going to be rapid and if James Graham can just get him out on the rail, do a Calvin Borel special and get him on the rail and comfortable. And, hopefully the Red Sea opens when it’s time to go. But yeah, simple. Get on the rail and pray.” -Trainer Keith Desormeaux

*Quotes courtesy of Churchill Downs Communications

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Kentucky Derby Odds 2023

Morning line odds are now available. Unlike fixed odds betting, odds for the Kentucky Derby will continue to move until post time, even if you place your bet today. Most odds movement occurs day-of and minutes prior to post.

Post Position NumberHorse NameKentucky Derby OddsMorning Line OddsClosing Line OddsTrainerJockey
1.Hit Show25-130-124-1Brad CoxManny Franco
2. Verifying15-115-114-1Brad CoxTyler Gaffalione
3. Two Phil's8-112-19-1Larry RivelliJareth Loveberry
4. Confidence Game17-120-121-1Keith DesormeauxJames Graham
5.Tapit Trice9-25-19-2Todd PletcherLuis Saez
6.Kingsbarns10-112-111-1Todd PletcherJose Ortiz
7.Reincarnate13-150-114-1Tim YakteenJohn Velazquez
8. Mage17-115-115-1Gustavo DelgadoJavier Castellano
9.SkinnerSCRSCRSCRJohn ShirreffsJuan Hernandez
10.Practical MoveSCRSCRSCRTim YakteenRamon Vazquez
11.Disarm24-130-127-1Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario
12.Jace's Road31-150-133-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux
13.Sun Thunder30-150-133-1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez Jr.
14.Angel of Empire4-18-14-1Brad CoxFlavien Prat
15.ForteSCR3-1SCRTodd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr.
16.Raise Cain31-150-133-1Ben ColebrookGerardo Corrales
17.Derma Sotogake8-110-17-1Hidetaka OtonashiChristophe Lemaire
18.Rocket Can27-130-128-1Bill MottJunior Alvarado
19.Lord MilesSCRSCRSCRSaffie Joseph Jr.Paco Lopez
20.ContinuarSCRSCRSCRYoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai
21.Cyclone Mischief29-130-129-1Dale RomansTBA
22.Mandarin Hero20-120-117-1Terunobu FujitaKazushi Kimura
23. King Russell31-150-132-1Ron MoquettRafael Bejarano

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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