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Can any horse beat Forte in the 2023 Kentucky Derby, or will this monster horse become the latest triple crown winner?

Triple crown horses have come along like buses on Manhattan streets: you wait forever for one, and then all of a sudden, two or three come in near succession.

There have been 13 horses that have been able to win the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes: three came in the 1930s, four more in the 1940s, and three more in six years in the 1970s.

Then, a lot of nothing for a long time, until American Pharoah finally did it in 2015. Justify is the last horse to accomplish the feat, winning the triple crown in 2018.

2015 Kentucky Derby
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But could we have a new name added to that list in 2023?

Forte will be heading into the 149th Kentucky Derby, with post time of 6:57 p.m. EDT on Saturday, May 6, as the heavy favorite to win. If he can win the first race, his odds in the Preakness, which many horses will skip as they try to prepare for the longer Belmont Stakes in June, will be significantly lower, and the triple crown might be on this season.

Here is a look at Forte’s statistics, ahead of what could be a huge month for the superhorse as per

Age: 3

Runs: 7

Wins: 6

Total Career Winnings: $2,409,830

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Last Race: Grade 1 Florida Derby, 1st place, April 1, 2023 (Gulfstream Park)

As you can see, it is going to take a lot to beat Forte, who will most likely see his odds drop closer to even money before the race goes on May 6.

But there will be 19 other horses trying to do just that, and it is not always the best horse that wins the Kentucky Derby: with so much traffic on the dirt, it can be a daunting task.

Here are futures odds and offer from betMGM NJ sportsbook on the 149th run for the roses. Will Forte be able to stay strong and pick up the first jewel of the triple crown?

Current Kentucky Derby Betting Odds

  • Forte @ 5/2
  • Tapit Trice @ 6/1
  • Angel Of Empire @ 8/1
  • Derma Sotogake @ 10/1
  • Kingsbarns @ 10/1
  • Practical Move @ 10/1
  • Verifying @ 14/1
  • Mandarin Hero @ 16/1
  • Two Phils @ 20/1
  • Mage @ 20/1
  • Hit Show @ 25/1
  • Lord Mile @ 25/1
  • Skinner @ 33/1
  • Confidence Game @ 33/1

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