Kentucky Derby 2023: Derma Sotogake Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 5, 2023
Derma Sotogake

Derma Sotogake is one of two international horses in the 2023 Kentucky Derby, coming from Japan (Continuar). He’s one of the few million-dollar winners in the field, taking a victory at the UAE Derby and showing in the Saudi Derby in 2023. He follows Crown Price, last year’s lone international horse (also out of Japan), who also won the UAE Derby and finished 13th in the Kentucky Derby. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Derma Sotogake Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 1-0-1 (2)

Owner: Hiroyuki Asanuma

Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

Trainer: Hidetaka Otonashi

Color: Chestnut

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 100 (7th)

Running Style: Frontrunner

Last race: Won UAE Derby (G2)

Sire/Dam: Mind Your Biscuits/Amour Poesie

Post position: 17

Morning line odds: 10-1

Derma Sotogake Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
3/25/23UAE Derby (G2)1 3/16 miles1st
2/25/23Saudi Derby (G3)1 mile3rd

The Word On Derma Sotogake

April 17: Fellow horse from Japan, Continuar, received an invite to race in the Kentucky Derby. He and Derma Sotogake will both race as international horses. Mandarin Hero stands 24th in derby points, so it’s unlikely we see an international trio, but not impossible. Check back for media notes from Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week.

April 19: “…breezed [four furlongs] in :49.60 Wednesday @Churchill Downs for the May 6 @KentuckyDerby.”

April 29: “…warmed up in the mile chute during the first harrow break of the morning and then galloped a mile before visiting the starting gate and the paddock with Masanari Tanaka aboard.”

May 1: Opened with 10-1 morning line odds – among the shortest for an international horse ever – and will run out of Gate 17.

May 2: “…breezed four furlongs in :49.60.”

May 5: “In the past, he has won from the middle and from the front,” [jockey Christophe] Lemaire said. “He can adapt to the conditions of the race and that is a big advantage for me.”

*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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