Angel of Empire: 2023 Kentucky Derby Horse Odds, History & Predictions

The 2023 Kentucky Derby contender's field has been announced, along with post position and initial morning line odds.

The 2023 Kentucky Derby contender's field has been announced, along with post position and initial morning line odds.

The legendary horse race will take place on Saturday, May 6th, at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Some of the best three-year-old Thoroughbreds will begin their journey to make history as the 149th winner of the Triple Crown, and Angel of Empire has emerged as one of the favorites.

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Angel of Empire Kentucky Derby Odds and Post Position

Angel of Empire currently has 8-1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby in 2023.

That has him as one of the top contenders to win. Angel of Empire drew the #15 post position for the Derby -- right next to top odds pick Forte.

Angel of Empire Horse Trainer and Jockey

Angel of Empire is trained by Brad Cox. Aside from Angel of Empire, Cox has three other contenders in the Kentucky Derby: Hit Show, Verifying, and Jace's Road.

In just five years, he's won two Eclipse Awards for outstanding trainer, two Kentucky Oaks, and a Kentucky Derby. Jockey Flavien Prat got his Derby win in 2019 when first-place finisher Maximum Security was disqualified due to interference, and his mount Country House was elevated from second to first.

Angel of Empire Race History

Angel of Empire has an impressive career record of six starts with four wins and a second-place finish.

He comes into the Derby with 154 total Kentucky Derby points -- the top of the leaderboard. His notable finishes in the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby include first-place finishes at Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Keeneland on Nov. 4, 2022, and he also secured a win in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, which helped him regain the top spot in the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard.

Angel of Empire Prediction and Pick

Angel of Empire has a legendary trainer looking for his second Kentucky Derby win and loading up on his ongoing career win count of over 2,000.

With an Equibase Speed Figure of 106, Angel of Empire is the best odds favorite and should have the aggressiveness to finish strong.

Angel of Empire should receive a lot of support from bettors based on his encouraging pattern of improvement, and if he gets a clear path in the stretch, look for him to be making up ground fast under Flavien Prat and put his trainer’s trust to the test in a bid for a career-defining victory.