3 Best Bets to Win the 2023 Kentucky Derby

3 Best Bets to Win the 2023 Kentucky Derby


It's time to Run for the Roses and get your bets in for the 2023 Kentucky Derby. The 149th edition looks like a more open affair, despite the presence of the two leading favorites Forte and Tapit Trice.

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Kentucky Derby 2023 Best Bets

You can read more coverage of the selected horses with picks and predictions on FanDuel Racing's Kentucky Derby coverage. Odds below are parimutuel opening odds and will adjust as more bets come in on the horses and race.

1. Derma Sotogake (10-1)

In searching for value and a dark horse who fits as a highly-rated win contender, look towards Japan's Derma Sotogake. His fast fractions and runway win in the 2023 UAE Derby make him a best bet to win the Run for the Roses and America's biggest horse race.

2. Tapit Trice (5-1)

The pace is only expected to be moderate in the 2023 Kentucky Derby, and Tapit Trice's jockey will hopefully keep this closer near mid-pack and find a good path to showcase his speed and strong late-pace performance figures. Tapit Trice is getting really good at the right time, and as a top projected in-the-money finisher, Tapit Trice is a best bet to storm down the stretch and win the Kentucky Derby.

3. Two Phil's (12-1)

While Kingsbarns looks like a threat as the only undefeated colt in the Derby (3-for-3), and Forte is the most proven horse as the Derby favorite (6-for-7), it's worth shooting for a bigger score to win the 2023 Kentucky Derby. Two Phil's should be pressing the pace among the leaders around the Churchill Downs track. His jockey and trainer have no experience in this Derby Day environment, but neither did the connections of last year's massive longshot winner Rich Strike, who also came out of the Jeff Ruby Steaks ahead of his shocking upset in the Kentucky Derby. Two Phil's is one of the few horses in the Kentucky Derby that has run two 9-furlong prep races. Couple that with his excellent balanced Energy Distribution Profile and his heavy route breeding, and Two Phil's could answer the bell and make a strong bid in the Run for the Roses.

After cashing in a 2022 Kentucky Derby win bet at 125/1 fixed odds on Rich Strike (80/1 parimutuel odds), Kingsbarns and Verifying are a couple of honorable mention horses and longshots to add to your FanDuel Racing Kentucky Derby bets.

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