Kentucky Derby 2023: Mage Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 5, 2023

Mage is a lightly-run horse who’s gone head-to-head with 2023 Kentucky Derby favorite Forte multiple times. Despite the competitive prep races, he closed as a 46-1 longshot on Churchill Downs’ futures pool. He’s recorded two 100+ Beyer speed figures (BSF) in three races, a strong indicator of strong Derby performances. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Mage Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 1-1-0 (3)

Owner: Multiple owners

Jockey: TBA

Trainer: Gustavo Delgado

Color: Chestnut

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 50 (16th)

Running Style: Closer

Last race: Placed in Florida Derby (G1)

Sire/Dam: Good Magic/Puca

Post position: 8

Morning line odds: 15-1

Mage Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
5/6/23Kentucky Derby (G1)1 1/4 miles1051st
4/1/23Florida Derby (G1)1 1/8 miles992nd
3/4/23Fountain of Youth (G2)1 1/16 miles954th
1/28/23MSW7 furlongs1011st

The Word On Mage

April 29: “…turned in a six-furlong work in 1:16.80 for trainer Gustavo Delgado.”

April 30: “A final timed breeze…raised hopes in his team that he just might have the magic needed to win the Derby next Saturday.

“This workout was much like his previous workouts, but it was slower and he covered more ground,” said Gustavo Delgado Jr., assistant trainer to his father, Gustavo Delgado. “That was the plan. And it was mission accomplished, as you might say.”

“We already know that he’s a fast horse, but now we’re training him for stamina,” Delgado Jr. said. “That’s pretty much the plan. The way he was traveling, he gave us a good feeling that he likes the track.”

“[The exercise rider] said he liked everything about it, the track, the work, the way he came back, all are good signs,” Delgado Jr. said. “He’ll walk [Sunday], and Monday he’ll jog and we’ll bring him to the gate. We’ll probably bring him back to the gate either Thursday or Friday. Pretty much the heavy work is done.

“A talented horse that’s feeling good, it’s all you need for the race,” he added. “We believe that he’s building the stamina needed for a mile-and-a-quarter.”

May 1: Drew post position 8 and opened with 15-1 morning line odds.

May 5: “We’re pleased with the way he has been training for the race,” said Delgado Jr. “He’s ready.”

*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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