Forte Kentucky Derby Horse Odds, History and Predictions (Race Favorite Aims for Sixth Straight Win)

Forte odds, history and predictions for the 2023 Kentucky Derby.
Forte odds, history and predictions for the 2023 Kentucky Derby. / (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Kentucky Derby Week is finally here. In just a few short days, 20 of the world's best horses will participate in the 149th Run for the Roses and aim for eternal glory.

One Kentucky Derby betting contender everyone has their eyes on ahead of this race is Forte, who enters with an impressive win streak. Here's everything you need to know about this colt before he vies for the 2023 Kentucky Debry crown.

Forte Kentucky Derby Odds and Post Position

Forte currently owns 3-1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby after drawing the #15 post position. That mark is the best among the entire field after 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders were announced Monday afternoon. It's no surprise to see the dark bay colt favored to win, as he leads all contenders in qualifying points at 190, 30 more than the next Derby hopeful.


Odds to Win 2023 Kentucky Derby

Post Position




Forte Horse Trainer and Jockey

Forte is trained by the renowned Todd Pletcher. The Hall of Famer has two Kentucky Derby wins to his name after training eventual champions Super Saver (2010) and Always Dreaming (2017). Pletcher's work has earned him eight Eclipse Award honors as well. This year's Derby field also features three other Pletcher-trained horses (Tapit Trice, Kingsbarns, Major Dude).

Forte's jockey for the 2023 Kentucky Derby is Irad Ortiz Jr. The accomplished racer is looking to finally break through in this event after going 0-6 over his previous starts here. Ortiz's best finish was with Improbable in 2019, earning fourth after Maximum Security's disqualification.

Forte Race History

Forte has a career record of 7 starts and 6 wins with zero second- or third-place finishes all-time. He enters the Debry on a five-race win streak that started on Sept. 5, 2022. Forte's won both of his races in 2023, taking first at Gulfstream Park in March and April.




April 1, 2023

Gulfstream Park


March 4, 2023

Gulfstream Park


Nov. 11, 2022



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Sept. 5, 2022



July 16, 2022



May 27, 2022

Belmont Park


Forte Kentucky Derby Prediction and Pick

Fotre is the favorite ahead of the 2023 Kentucky Derby for a reason. His results speak for themselves, as the colt has won in a variety of ways and in different types of races during his current hot streak. He's posted blazing speed figures in the lead up to the Derby, which allow him to get out to commanding starts. This burst has also allowed him to make up ground down the stretch of races and capture come-from-behind victories.

Backing the favorite isn't the most exciting wager, but bettors should want at least some exposure to a horse like this.

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