Kentucky Derby 2023: Forte Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 5, 2023
Forte Kentucky Derby Profile

Forte is one of the most highly-acclaimed horses in the 2023 Kentucky Derby field. This three-year-old colt is a product of the iconic trainer Todd Pletcher, who has two Kentucky Derby victories under his belt. Forte closed with 5-2 odds in Derby futures, the favorite in that pool offered by Churchill Downs. He also closed less than even money at some of his prep races, namely the Florida Derby at an astounding 1-5 odds.

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

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Forte Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 6-0-0 (7)

Owner: Repole Stable and St. Elias Stable

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Trainer: Todd A. Pletcher

Color: Dark Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 190 (1st)

Running Style: Stalker

Last race: Won Florida Derby (G1)

Sire/Dam: Violence/Queen Carolina

Post position: 15

Morning line odds: 3-1

Forte Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
4/1/23Florida Derby (G1)1 1/8 miles1001st
3/4/23Fountain of Youth (G2)1 1/16 miles1031st
11/4/22Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1)1 1/16 miles1001st
10/8/22Breeders' Cup Futurity (G1)1 1/16 miles961st
9/5/22Hopeful (G1)7 furlongs1011st
7/16/22Sanford (G3)6 furlongs854th
5/27/22MSW5 furlongs891st

The Word On Forte

April 14: Forte closed as the points leader after prep races with 190 points. He posted historically-short odds in some of the prep races like the Florida Derby and expects to be a strong favorite from the morning line odds to close. Check back for media notes from Churchill Downs during Kentucky Derby week.

April 21: “…breezes [five furlongs] in 1:02…” during a Friday workout at Churchill Downs.

April 30: Was one of 12 horses to post a final workout Saturday. “… worked a half-mile in 49.80 over a fast track…”

May 1: Forte opens at 3-1 as the morning line odds favorite. He will run out of gate 15.

*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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