Expert Picks: Who Will Win the 2023 Kentucky Derby

The 149th running of the Kentucky Derby is just around the corner, and experts have already begun to weigh in on who they think will take home the win. With a field of contenders including Angel of Empire, Forte, Tapit Trice, Reincarnate, Kingsbarns, Derma Sotogake, Skinner and Confidence Game, it’s anyone’s guess who will come out on top.

Who Will Win the 2023 Kentucky Derby
Who Will Win the 2023 Kentucky Derby

Trainer: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Joel Rosario Odds: 30-1

One of the most talked about contenders for this year’s Kentucky Derby is Steve Asmussen’s horse Drape. He was one of the last horses to enter the race and has been given odds of 30-1 by many experts. While some may see this as an underdog pick, others are confident that with Joel Rosario in the saddle he could be a real threat to take home the win.

Other Contenders

Other contenders for this year’s race include Angel of Empire (8-1), Tapit Trice (5-1) and Forte (3-1). Practical Move was originally listed as a contender but has since been scratched from the lineup. SportsLine expert Jody Demling has made his picks for this year’s race and believes that Derma Sotogake is a strong contender to take home the win. He also likes Forte as a solid bet for place or show.

Big Race Showdown Picks

This week’s Big Race Showdown races are also taking place at Churchill Downs with both the 149th Longines Kentucky Oaks and 149th Kentucky Derby being held on Friday May 5th. The expert handicappers at TwinSpires have put together their picks for these two races with their top pick being Forte for both events. They also suggest fortifying one strong opinion on top here and building a case for a few of the logical prices to run well in each race.


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