Kentucky Derby 2024: Forever Young Horse Racing Profile

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Written By Brett Gibbons | Last Updated
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Forever Young is Japan’s latest rising horse racing star to grace Kentucky Derby odds. However, the Yoshito Yahagi-trained colt is unbeaten in five starts. Forever Young secured his spot in the Kentucky Derby with a victory at the UAE Derby. Following that impressive showing, he closed at 10-1 – the shortest among international horses and fourth shortest overall – in the final Derby futures pool. Watch for sky-high expectations and heavy backing for the next Japanese horse in a long line of international KY Derby hopefuls.

Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet Resilience in the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Forever Young Horse Racing Profile

Record: 5-0-0 (5)

Owner: Susumu Fujita

Jockey: Ryusei Sakai

Trainer: Yoshito Yahagi

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 100 (6th)

Running Style: Stalker

Last race: Won UAE Derby (GII)

Sire/Dam: Real Steel/Forever Darling

Post position: 11

Morning line odds: 10-1

Forever Young Past Performances

The lyrics of Jay-Z’s “Young Forever” featuring Mr. Hudson are a microcosm of any racehorse’s life:

sitting in a sandpit, life is a short trip.

After these five victories, a win in the Kentucky Derby would bring H.O.V.A’s lyrics to life:

Fear not die, I’ll be alive for a million years, bye bye’s
Are not for legends, I’m Forever Young, my name shall survive

DateRaceLengthFinish
3/30/24UAE Derby (G2)1 3/16 miles1st
2/2/24Saudi Derby (G3)1 mile1st
12/13/23Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun (LS)1 mile1st
11/3/23JBC Nisai Yushun (LS)1 1/8 miles1st
10/14/23Newcomer1 1/8 miles1st

The Word On Forever Young

Mar. 30: Sat just back of the lead in a crowded field at the UAE Derby. Closed the deal in the final 400m, beating out Auto Bahn in a sprint by about two lengths.

Apr. 7: Closed at 10-1 in April’s futures pool 6, behind only three horses (Sierra Leone, Fierceness, Catching Freedom).

Apr. 12: Two more chances for Japan to win the Kentucky Derby in 2024.

Apr. 24: Worked six furlongs in 1:19.60 on Wednesday with company.

Apr. 27: Opened at 10-1 on the morning line, running out of Post 11.

*Quotes courtesy of Churchill Downs Communications

Kentucky Derby Odds 2024

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.

For example, if you bet on Forever Young at 8-1 to win, but he winds up at 10-1 when the race starts, your ticket is at 10-1 odds.

Post PositionHorseMorning line oddsUpdated Kentucky
Derby odds
TrainerJockey
1.Dornoch20-122-1Danny GarganLuis Saez
2.Sierra Leone3-15-1Chad BrownTyler Gaffalione
3.Mystik Dan20-116-1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez
4.Catching Freedom8-18-1Brad CoxFlavien Prat
5.Catalytic30-132-1Saffie JosephJose Ortiz
6. Just Steel20-122-1D. Wayne LukasKeith Asmussen
7.Honor Marie20-113-1Whit BeckmanBen Curtis
8.Just A Touch10-110-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux
9. EncinoScratchedScratchedBrad CoxAxel Concepcion
10.T O Passowrd (JPN)30-147-1Daisuke TakayanagiKazushi Kimura
11.Forever Young (JPN)10-16-1Yoshito YahagiRyusei Sakai
12.Track Phantom20-140-1Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario
13.West Saratoga50-123-1Larry DemeritteJesus Castanon
14.Endlessly30-147-1Michael McCarthyUmberto Rispoli
15.Domestic Product30-128-1Chad BrownIrad Ortiz
16. Grand Mo The First50-145-1Victor BarbozaEmisael Jaramillo
17.Fierceness5-27-2Todd PletcherJohn Velazquez
18.Stronghold20-135-1Philip D’AmatoAntonio Fresu
19.Resilience20-129-1Bill MottJunior Alvarado
20.Society Man50-146-1Danny GarganFrankie Dettori
21.Epic Ride50-144-1John EnnisAdam Beschizza
22. MugatuScratchedScratchedJeff EnglerJoseph Talamo

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