Angel of Empire Kentucky Derby Horse Odds, History and Predictions (Brad Cox-trained Colt is a Leading Contender)

Angel of Empire odds, history and predictions for the 2023 Kentucky Derby.
Angel of Empire odds, history and predictions for the 2023 Kentucky Derby. / David J. Phillip / Associated Press

It's finally time to bet on the Kentucky Derby. In just a few short days, 20 of the world's top 3-year-old horses will participate in the 149th Run for the Roses and aim for eternal glory.

One leading contender everyone has their eyes on ahead of this race is Angel of Empire, who enters with a ton of positive momentum. Here's everything you need to know about this Brad Cox colt before he vies for the 2023 Kentucky Debry crown.

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Angel of Empire Kentucky Derby Odds and Post Position

Angel of Empire currently owns 8-1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby after the post positions were announced on Monday. Angel of Empire drew post position 14, and a good spot just on the inside of Derby favorite Forte (15).


Odds to Win 2023 Kentucky Derby

Post Position

Angel of Empire



Angel of Empire Horse Trainer and Jockey

Angel of Empire is trained by Brad Cox, who was born and raised near Churchill Downs. He notably finished first with Mandaloun as well as third with Essential Quality during the 2021 Kentucky Derby as each horse was moved up one spot via a disqualification. The two-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer has three other horses featured in this year's Derby (Hit Show, Verifying, and Jace's Road).

Angel of Empire's jockey for the 2023 Kentucky Derby is Flavien Prat, who guided the horse to victory in the Arkansas Derby.

Quick quiz: which jockey (with a little help from track stewards) pulled off the second-biggest upset in the history of the Kentucky Derby to pay off bettors with a big bonus? The answer is Flavien Prat, the 30-year-old rider who guided 65-1 longshot Country House to victory via disqualification in the 2019 Run for the Roses. Prat also piloted top-three Kentucky Derby finishers Battle of Midway (2017) and Hot Rod Charlie (2021).

Angel of Empire Race History

Angel of Empire has won 4-of-6 starts including his two recent Road to the Kentucky Derby Championship Series prep races. The Classic Empire colt galloped out a 4-length winner in the Arkansas Derby to solidify his standing as one of the top win contenders in the 2023 Kentucky Derby.





April 1, 2023


Arkansas Derby


Feb.18, 2023

Fair Grounds

Risen Star Stakes


Jan. 1, 2023


Smarty Jones Stakes


Nov. 14, 2022

Horseshow Indianapolis



Sept. 8, 2022

Kentucky Downs



Aug. 9

Horseshoe Indianapolis



Angel of Empire Kentucky Derby Prediction and Pick

Angel of Empire has proven he is a horse worth being taken seriously in the Kentucky Derby. This deep closer cleaned up in the fast-paced Risen Star, and then showed another dimension when overcoming the sluggish middle portion of the Arkansas Derby but doing so with such authority displaying a brilliant turn of foot to win by more than 4-lengths.

Bettors looking for a horse to back should look no further than Angel of Empire, who should be passing horses and running on late. He brings a great degree of reliability in this race as the most likely closer to making his way into the top-4 and Superfecta payout.

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