Kentucky Derby Horses Lineup: 2023 Field, Expert Rankings & More

The Kentucky Derby is loaded with the top three-year-olds in racing. See how the horses rank leading up to the race on Saturday.

May 6, 2023 • 06:40 ET • 3 min read
The field of horses running in the 147th Kentucky Derby in 2021.
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The Run for the Roses returns to its familiar place during the first weekend in May, with the 2023 Kentucky Derby scheduled for today, Saturday, May 6.

Our horse racing experts will rank all the horses and provide analysis on which horse has the best odds to win the Kentucky Derby.

Who is running in the 2023 Kentucky Derby?

Horses still compete to qualify for this year’s “Run for the Roses.”

A maximum of 20 horses can be in the first jewel of the 2023 Triple Crown for three-year-old thoroughbreds.

2023 Kentucky Derby horses

Position Horse Morning Line Odds Fanduel  bet365 
1 Hit Show 30/1 30/1 28/1
2 Verifying 15/1 15/1 14/1
3 Two Phils 12/1 12/1 11/1
4 Confidence Game 20/1 20/1 33/1
5 Tapit Trice 5/1 5/1 5/1
6 Kingsbarns 12/1 12/1 10/1
7 Reincarnate 50/1 50/1 25/1
8 Mage 15/1 15/1 16/1
10 Disarm 30/1 30/1 33/1
11 Jace's Road 15/1 50/1 33/1
12 Sun Thunder 50/1 50/1 50/1
13 Angel of Empire 8/1 8/1 6/1
14 Forte 3/1 3/1 10/3
15 Raise Cain 15/1 50/1 66/1
16 Derma Sotogake (Japan) 10/1 10/1 8/1
17 Rocket Can 15/1 30/1 40/1
19 Cyclone Mischief 30/1 30/1 40/1
20 Mandarin Hero (Japan) 20/1 20/1 18/1
23 (AE) King Russell 50/1 50/1 50/1

Morning Line Odds as of May 1 / Live Odds as of May 6.

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How horses qualify for the Kentucky Derby

A series of qualifying races for eligible three-year-old horses, also known as the Road to the Kentucky Derby, begins in September and runs until early April. These races are mostly held in the United States. However, there are qualifying races in Japan and the United Kingdom. 

These races are part of a points system that will decide the starting field for the Kentucky Derby, with some races worth more points than others. Horses are awarded points based on their performances in these qualifying events. The top 18 horses in the points standings (if the top points horses from Japan and UK opt-in) are awarded starting spots in the Kentucky Derby. 

Kentucky Derby prep races

There are 48 total prep races for the 2023 Kentucky Derby, starting with the Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on September 17, 2022, and wrapping at the Lexington at Keeneland on April 15, 2023.

  • Iroquois: Sep. 17, 2022
  • Juddmonte Royal Lodge: Sep. 24, 2022
  • Alan Smurfit Memorial Beresford: Sep. 24, 2022
  • Champagne: Oct. 1, 2022
  • Qatar Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere: Oct. 2, 2022
  • American Pharoah: Oct. 8, 2022
  • Breeders' Futurity: Oct. 8, 2022
  • Vertem Futurity Trophy: Oct. 22, 2022
  • Breeders' Cup Juvenile: Nov. 4, 2022
  • Kentucky Jockey Club: Nov. 26, 2022
  • Cattleya: Nov. 26, 2022
  • Remsen: Dec. 3, 2022
  • Zen-Nippon Nisai Yushun: Dec. 14, 2022
  • Los Alamitos Futurity: Dec. 17, 2022
  • Springboard Mile: Dec. 17, 2022
  • Gun Runner: Dec. 26, 2022
  • SMar.ty Jones: Jan. 1, 2023
  • Jerome: Jan. 7, 2023
  • Sham: Jan. 8, 2023
  • Lecomte: Jan. 21, 2023
  • Southwest: Jan. 28, 2023
  • Holy Bull: Feb. 4, 2023
  • Robert B. Lewis: Feb. 4, 2023
  • Withers: Feb. 11, 2023
  • Sam F. Davis: Feb. 11, 2023
  • El Camino Real Derby: Feb. 11, 2023
  • Risen Star: Feb. 18, 2023
  • Hyacinth: Feb. 19, 2023
  • Rebel: Feb. 25, 2023
  • Patton: Mar. 3, 2023
  • Fountain of Youth: Mar. 4, 2023
  • Gotham: Mar. 4, 2023
  • San Felipe: Mar. 4, 2023
  • John Battaglia Memorial: Mar. 4, 2023
  • Tampa Bay Derby: Mar. 11, 2023
  • Road to the Kentucky Derby Condition Stakes: Mar. 15, 2023
  • UAE Derby: Mar. 25, 2023
  • Louisiana Derby: Mar. 25, 2023
  • Jeff Ruby Steaks: Mar. 25, 2023
  • Fukuryu: Mar. 25, 2023
  • Sunland Derby: Mar. 26, 2023
  • Florida Derby: Apr. 1, 2023
  • Arkansas Derby: Apr. 1, 2023
  • Cardinal Condition Stakes: Apr. 1, 2023
  • Wood Memorial: Apr. 8, 2023
  • Blue Grass: Apr. 8, 2023
  • Santa Anita Derby: Apr. 8, 2023
  • Lexington: Apr. 15, 2023

Types of Kentucky Derby horses

The Kentucky Derby isn’t open to just any horse. The “Run for the Roses” is limited to thoroughbred colts and fillies racing as three-year-olds.

Thoroughbred

Thoroughbred horses are predominantly used for racing, as they have a taller and slimmer build and are more athletic than standardbred horses, which are muscular and used in harness racing. Thoroughbred horses are able to sustain speeds over longer distances, with the Kentucky Derby raced at a 1 ¼ miles. 

Age of horses

Three-year-old horses can be considered teenagers in terms of growth, nearly fully developed but not quite at the maturity or muscle build of the four-year-old horse. Limiting the field to three-year-old horses allows for only a handful of prep races and adds an aura of mystery to the Kentucky Derby field, serving as a coming-out party for the next generation of elite race horses. 

Where can I bet on the Kentucky Derby?

Several legal horse racing betting sites allow you to wager on the Kentucky Derby, but not every sportsbook is allowed to offer Derby odds. We have created a guide outlining the best Kentucky Derby betting sites available in your area.

Which states have legal betting on the Kentucky Derby?

While sports bettors can enjoy some form of online or retail wagering in 34 states (+ DC), horse racing enthusiasts have even more legal options. Refer to our list of legal states for betting on horse racing to see if horse race betting is legal in your state via the FanDuel Racing app.

Canada (excluding Ontario)

Almost all sports betting sites offer fixed-odds betting on horse racing. Check out the best sports betting sites in Canada or sign up now with one of our top partners, bet365, and earn up to $200 in bet credits!

Ontario

Following the changes to the iGaming regulations on April 4, 2022, horse racing betting is no longer available at sportsbooks. Those in Ontario who are looking to bet on the Kentucky Derby will need to sign up at one of Woodbine's two online offerings, HPIbet and Dark Horse Bets.

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