Kentucky Derby Horses 2023: Trainers, Jockeys, Owners

The 2023 Kentucky Derby marks the 149th running of the prestigious race and is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 at 6:57 p.m. ET. The iconic event will once again be held at the famous Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s race features a talented lineup of 20 thoroughbred horses, each vying for a place in the annals of horse racing history.

In the 2022 Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike defied the odds with an astounding victory as an 80-1 longshot. This incredible win stands as the second-longest odds for any horse in the Derby’s history, surpassed only by Donerail (91-1) in 1913.

This year, several trainers, jockeys, and owners are preparing to take center stage with their horses. Notably, trainer Brad Cox, who won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer in 2020 and 2021, has four horses competing in the race. Among them are Hit Show, Verifying, Jace’s Road, and Angel of Empire. Cox’s impressive lineup showcases his skills as a trainer and his ability to develop winning thoroughbreds.

Another notable trainer is Todd Pletcher, an eight-time Eclipse Award winner. Pletcher has three starters in the 2023 Kentucky Derby, including the betting favorite Forte. Pletcher’s other horses are Tapit Trice and Kingsbarns. With an outstanding training career and numerous wins to his name, Pletcher is no stranger to the excitement and pressure that comes with competing in the Derby.

The jockeys play a crucial role in the race, with their experience and skill guiding the horses to victory. This year’s lineup features seasoned jockeys such as John Velazquez, Jose Ortiz, and Irad Ortiz Jr., as well as up-and-coming talent like Tyler Gaffalione, Manny Franco, and Flavien Prat. Each jockey brings their unique style and expertise to the race, making for a thrilling and unpredictable event.

The owners of these horses have invested time, effort, and resources in their pursuit of victory. Many partnerships and syndicates are involved in this year’s Kentucky Derby, including West Point Thoroughbreds, Albaugh Family Stables, and Spendthrift Farm, among others.

These owners and their teams work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure their horses are prepared and in peak condition for the race.

Kentucky Derby Horses 2023

The following is a list of the horses scheduled to participate in the race and their respective jockeys, trainers, and owners:

Hit ShowManny FrancoBrad CoxGary and Mary West
VerifyingTyler GaffalioneBrad CoxWesterberg, Susan Magnier, Jonathan Poulin, Derrick Smith, and Michael Tabor
Two Phil’sJareth LoveberryLarry RivelliPatricia’s Hope and Phillip Sagan
Confidence GameJames GrahamKeith DesormeauxDon’t Tell My Wife Stables and Ocean Reef Racing
Tapit TriceLuis SaezTodd PletcherWhisper Hill Farm and Gainesway Stable
KingsbarnsJose OrtizTodd PletcherSpendthrift Farm
ReincarnateJohn VelazquezTim YakteenSF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables, Robert Masterson, Stonestreet Stables, Jay Schoenfarber, Waves Edge Capital, and Catherine Donovan
MageJavier CastellanoGustavo DelgadoOGMA Investments, Ramiro Restrepo, Sterling Racing, and CMNWLTH
SkinnerJuan HernandezJohn ShirreffsC R K Stable
Practical MoveRamon VazquezTim YakteenLeslie Amestoy, Pierre Jean Amestoy Jr., and Roger Beasley
DisarmJoel RosarioSteve AsmussenWinchell Thoroughbreds
Jace’s RoadFlorent GerouxBrad CoxWest Point Thoroughbreds and Albaugh Family Stables
Sun ThunderBrian Hernandez Jr.Ken McPeekR.T Racing Stable and Cypress Creek Equine
Angel of EmpireFlavien PratBrad CoxAlbaugh Family Stables
ForteIrad Ortiz Jr.Todd PletcherRepole Stable and St. Elias Stable
Raise CainGerardo CorralesBen ColebrookAndrew and Rania Warren
Derma SotogakeChristophe LemaireHidetaka OtonashiHiroyuki Asanuma
Rocket CanJunior AlvaradoBill MottFrank Fletcher Racing Operations
Lord MilesPaco LopezSaffie Joseph Jr.Vegso Racing Stable
ContinuarRyusei SakaiYoshito YahagiLion Race Horse Co.

As the 2023 Kentucky Derby approaches, excitement builds around the talented lineup of horses, trainers, jockeys, and owners. With a blend of seasoned professionals and rising stars, the race promises to be an unforgettable event filled with heart-pounding action, dazzling performances, and a new champion etching their name in the history books.