Kentucky Derby 2023: Sun Thunder Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 5, 2023
Sun Thunder

Sun Thunder is a qualifying race horse for the 2023 Kentucky Derby. He has among the most experience against other Derby participants, having recently run in the Blue Grass Stakes, Louisiana Derby, and Risen Star. He opened as a serious longshot – 50-1, tied for the longest odds – on the morning line odds and leading up to post. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Sun Thunder Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 1-1-1 (6)

Owner: R.T Racing Stable and Cypress Creek Equine

Jockey: Brian J. Hernandez Jr.

Trainer: Kenneth G. McPeek

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 54 (14th)

Running Style: Closer

Last race: Came in 4th in the Blue Grass Stakes

Sire/Dam: Into Mischief/Greenfield D’oro

Post position: 13

Morning line odds: 50-1

Sun Thunder Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBrisnet Speed FigureFinish
4/8/23Blue Grass Stakes (G1)1 1/8 miles954th
3/25/23Louisiana Derby (G2)1 3/16 miles895th
2/18/23Risen Star (G2)1 1/8 miles962nd
1/28/23Southwest Stakes (G3)1 1/16 miles864th
12/31/22MSW1 mile881st
11/26/22MSW7 furlongs843rd

The Word On Sun Thunder

April 26: “…breezed a half-mile in :48.60…” on Wednesday.

April 29: “He deserves a chance, and he can run well,” said trainer Kenny McPeek, who was battling a stomach virus for several days this week. “So much is out of your control, once you leg the rider up. Somebody said to me a long time ago, ‘Win like you’re used to it, and lose like you like it.’ That’s what we’ll do.”
“He raced here last fall, so he knows his way around,” McPeek said. “He needs to find another level with the blinkers on, fingers crossed, that it’s something that propels him forward. Every now and then, you get a horse where that makes a big improvement on, but we’re excited.”
“This race is always unique, in the sense that they have to handle the racetrack, they have to handle the adversity that the Kentucky Derby throws at them. This horse is capable of doing that, and it’s always interesting. That’s why we’re here.”

May 1: Will race out of Gate 13 and opened with the longest odds in the Derby (50-1), alongside Continuar (JPN) and Raise Cain.

May 2: “…clocked a half-mile in :47.80.”

*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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