Kentucky Derby odds: Forte is consensus futures favorite

Kentucky Derby odds: Forte is consensus futures favorite
Photo: Caesars Entertainment

Whether they are fixed odds in Las Vegas or the national pari-mutuels, Todd Pletcher stablemates Forte and Tapit Trice ran away from the rest of the futures market and established themselves as the top two choices for Kentucky Derby 2023.

Once the dust settled on the announcement that former favorite Arabian Knight was off the Derby trail, Fountain of Youth (G2) winner Forte shortened to 3-1 odds at both Caesars Sportsbook and Circa Sports.

Forte, Wet Paint are pari-mutuel favorites for Derby, Oaks.

Also offering yes-no propositions on its top four choices, Circa made Forte minus 380 not to win the Derby, meaning a winning $380 bet that any other horse would win May 6 would pay $100.

Forte also was the 3-1 favorite Sunday night when pool 5 of the nationwide Kentucky Derby Future Wager closed at Churchill Downs.

Thanks to his come-from-behind victory Saturday in the Tampa Bay Derby (G3), Tapit Trice was cut from 15-1 to 8-1 at Caesars and from 12-1 to 6-1 at Circa, where his “no” price was minus 850. He also closed at 8-1 in the KDFW win pool.

San Felipe (G2) winner Practical Move was cut from 18-1 to 14-1 at Circa and from 15-1 to 12-1 at Caesars. The colt, who has been with trainer Tim Yakteen for all his races, is priced at 1-24 in the “no” pool at Circa. He was 12-1 in the KDFW.

Instant Coffee, the Lecomte (G3) winner whom Brad Cox is working back for a probable start March 25 in the Louisiana Derby (G2), held firm at 15-1 at Circa and was cut from that price to 14-1 at Caesars. Circa showed him at 1-26 to miss out on winning the Derby. He finished at 19-1 in the KDFW.

Arabian Knight, the 2-for-2 Southwest (G3) winner who was transferred last month from Bob Baffert to Yakteen, was 5-1 at Caesars and Circa and 6-1 in the KDFW when owner Amr Zedan said Saturday night that he would be taken out of consideration for the Derby. “Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work,” Zedan said.

Caesars put two new names in its Derby futures and dropped three, giving bettors 71 choices. It cut the odds for 18 horses and drifted them for two others.

Circa added one horse and dropped 28 from its futures, leaving 85 on its list. It shortened the odds for 49 of them and went longer with 23.

The 39 individual choices in the KDFW were among those still on the boards in Nevada. The “all other 3-year-olds” not singled out on its list closed at 10-1.

These were the combined 98 individual horses listed at Caesars, Circa and the KDFW with their best prices shown in bold type:

Kentucky Derby 2023CaesarsCircaKDFWTrainer
Forte    3-1    3-1    3-1Todd Pletcher
Tapit Trice    8-1    6-1    8-1Todd Pletcher
Practical Move  12-1  14-1  12-1Tim Yakteen
Instant Coffee  14-1  15-1  19-1Brad Cox
Confidence Game  24-1  30-1  30-1Keith Desormeaux
Geaux Rocket Ride  25-1  30-1  30-1Richard Mandella
Red Route One  22-1  30-1  24-1Steve Asmussen
Reincarnate  18-1  30-1  24-1Tim Yakteen
Verifying  22-1  32-1  36-1Brad Cox
Awesome Strong  40-1  Jorge Delgado
Hit Show  40-1  30-1  28-1Brad Cox
Rocket Can  40-1  40-1  42-1Bill Mott
Angel of Empire  45-1  50-1  38-1Brad Cox
Henry Q  50-1  35-1 Todd Fincher
Kingsbarns  50-1  40-1  43-1Todd Pletcher
Skinner  45-1  50-1  45-1John Shirreffs
Disarm  50-1  55-1  60-1Steve Asmussen
National Treasure  15-1  60-1  53-1Tim Yakteen
Worcester  65-1  Bob Baffert
Litigate  35-1  55-1  66-1Todd Pletcher
Dreamlike   70-1 Todd Pletcher
Raise Cain  50-1  70-1  66-1Ben Colebrook
Blazing Sevens  45-1  75-1  66-1Chad Brown
Classic Legacy  60-1  75-1 Bill Mott
Curly Jack  60-1  75-1 Tom Amoss
Echo Again  75-1  Steve Asmussen
Slip Mahoney  60-1  75-1 Brad Cox
Victory Formation  60-1  65-1  82-1Brad Cox
Classic Car Wash   75-1  85-1Mark Casse
Hejazi  70-1  85-1  53-1Tim Yakteen
Sun Thunder  65-1  60-1  85-1Kenny McPeek
Cyclone Mischief  60-1  75-1  89-1Dale Romans
Tapit's Conquest  50-1  40-1  90-1Brad Cox
Cairo 100-1  75-1Aidan O'Brien
Corona Bolt100-1  Brad Cox
Gulfport100-1  Steve Asmussen
Jace's Road  70-1100-1 Brad Cox
Mage100-1  75-1  75-1Gustavo Delgado
Mo Strike100-1  Brad Cox
Scoobie Quando 100-1 Ben Colebrook
Two Phil's  50-1100-1  88-1Larry Rivelli
Dubyuhnell100-1110-1 Danny Gargan
Arthur's Ride125-1125-1 Bill Mott
Shopper's Revenge125-1100-1 Steve Asmussen
Tapit Shoes125-1125-1 Brad Cox
Banishing  50-1150-1 Brendan Walsh
Bishops Bay135-1150-1 Brad Cox
Bo Cruz 150-1 Al Stall Jr.
Congruent  60-1150-1  94-1Antonio Sano
Crupi100-1150-1 Todd Pletcher
General Jim135-1150-1  65-1Shug McGaughey
Giant Mischief  60-1150-1 Brad Cox
Gold Magic150-1  Kevin Attard
Kangaroo Court (g)125-1150-1 Tim Yakteen
Point Proven100-1150-1 Todd Pletcher
Super Chow150-1  Jorge Delgado
Wildatlanticstorm150-1  Ray Ashford
Bourbon Bash175-1  D. Wayne Lukas
Demolition Duke175-1  Brad Cox
Fort Bragg125-1175-1 Tim Yakteen
General Banker150-1175-1 Jimmy Ferraro
Powerful175-1  Steve Asmussen
Protégé175-1  Ron Moquett
Cagliostro 100-1189-1Cherie DeVaux
Arabian Lion125-1200-1179-1Tim Yakteen
Arctic Arrogance150-1200-1 Linda Rice
Classic Catch125-1200-1179-1Todd Pletcher
Continuar 200-1 Yoshito Yahagi
Denington 200-1241-1Kenny McPeek
Derma Sotogake 200-1 Hidetaka Otonashi
Eyeing Clover 200-1 Brad Cox
First Defender175-1200-1 Steve Asmussen
Fort Warren125-1200-1 Brittany Russell
Gun Pilot125-1200-1 Steve Asmussen
Mandarin Hero 200-1116-1Terunobu Fujita
Mr. Ripple  75-1200-1 Saffie Joseph Jr.
Perrière 200-1  59-1Yoichi Kuroiwa
Shadow Dragon 200-1 Bill Mott
Uncle Jake 200-1 Brittany Russell
Event Detail 225-1 Paulo Lobo
Bromley150-1250-1 Paulo Lobo
Carmel Road 250-1 Tim Yakteen
Harlocap125-1250-1 Steve Asmussen
Two Eagles River150-1150-1270-1Chris Hartman
Funtastic Again 300-1 Wesley Ward
Genius Jimmy 300-1 Michael McCarthy
Giroovin 300-1 Genaro García
Howgreatisnate 300-1 Andy Simoff
Invulnerable 300-1 Joe Sharp
Jungfrau150-1300-1 Bill Mott
Lord Miles150-1300-1 Saffie Joseph Jr.
Lugan Knight 300-1 Michael McCarthy
Major Dude150-1300-1141-1Todd Pletcher
Neural Network 300-1 Chad Brown
Prairie Hawk 300-1 Saffie Joseph Jr.
Recruiter 300-1 Cathal Lynch
Single Ruler 300-1 Keith Desormeaux
Uncorrelated 300-1 Chad Brown
*All other 3-year-olds    10-1 
(g) gelding    
*KDFW only   

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