2023 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds, Post Positions

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 5, 2023
Morning line odds

Churchill Downs unveiled morning line odds and post positions for all 20 horses in the 2023 Kentucky Derby field Monday. From now until the gates open, Derby odds will continue to shift fervently, likely with major changes the morning of the race. Forte expectedly opened as the favorite at 3-1, followed by Tapit Trice (5-1) and Angel of Empire (8-1). Check out the post draw and morning line odds below.

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Kentucky Derby Morning Line odds

Odds below are only reflective of morning line odds on May 1 at 2 p.m. ET. Odds will continue to shift.

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

How Do Kentucky Derby Odds Work?

Unlike betting on fixed odds, horse racing odds continue to move until gates open. Perhaps you’re familiar with the scene of a frantic ticket counter with dozens of people clamoring each other to get their bets in – that’s a representation of a horse racing counter.

Even if you place your bet today, your odds will continue to move until post time. Oftentimes, sharp bettors will wait until the last minute to avoid tipping their hands and causing a flux of people to bet their horse and ultimately water down their odds. Keep this in mind for the May 6 Kentucky Derby. Large bets coming in on favorite Forte may water down his market and give you worse odds; as the history of Kentucky Derby favorites suggests, he may be a bad bet this year anyway.

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Morning Line Odds, Post Draw Notables

Favorite Forte will run out of Gate 15 while 30-1 longshot Hit Show draws Gate 1. The international horses, Derma Sotogake (JPN) and Continuar (JPN), drew Gates 17 and 20, respectively. (Editor’s note: Continuar scratched). We may see some sort of teamwork from those two opening so closely to each other and Japan threatening its first Kentucky Derby victory ever.

Continuar, Sun Thunder (Gate 13), and Raise Cain (Gate 16) hold the longest odds at 50-1, not helped particularly by their outside positioning.

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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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