The late Medina Spirit, "winning" the 2021 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.
The late Medina Spirit, "winning" the 2021 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.@KentuckyDerby on Twitter

2023 Kentucky Derby: Expert Makes Prediction

Jody Demling has had a knack for picking the big races and he likes a longshot in the Derby.

Tapit Trice's last race was a thrilling success, with Luis Saez leading the horse to victory in an impressive show of decision-making. Looking forward to the 2023 Kentucky Derby season beginning.

With only weeks until Churchill Downs' big day on May 6, this win in the Bluegrass Stakes indicates that Tapit Trice and his team will be ready for anything - no margin for error here as we look ahead to one exciting gallop down the stretch.

Tapit Trice is listed as 8-1 for the Derby, with dark horse Verifying at 36-1; both are behind frontrunner Forte who is still favored at odds of 3-1. It'll be an exciting finish when they head out onto the track.

Before you get your Kentucky Derby picks for 2023, check out SportsLine's Jody Demling -- the expert with a knack for picking winners. See his must-have horse racing predictions and future odds to increase your chances of winning big on race day.

Demling has cemented himself as one of the leading figures in the horse racing world. Over his impressive career, he's had success picking out winners at some of their biggest events - like four Belmont Stakes races over five years and Flightline's Breeders' Cup Classic win last year! Now, all eyes will be on him ahead of next month's Kentucky Derby.

Demling is the go-to handicapper for the biggest races in horse racing, like 2023's Kentucky Derby. His unmatched streak of 10 out of 14 winning predictions on Churchill Downs' big race makes him one to watch as we approach next year's event.

His knack for Preakness winners is unparalleled, with a 9-for-18 record in the past few years. On top of that, he nailed an incredible trifecta at this year's edition! Suffice it to say: anyone who has followed his predictions can count themselves among some serious luck makers.

Top 2023 Kentucky Derby predictions

Demling's surprising 2023 Kentucky Derby pick? Fading Forte! Although the favorite holds an impressive winning streak, there are doubts about whether he can conquer the major stage - since his sire never raced in any of these signature events.

Forte started off as a strong favorite at the Florida Derby, but it wasn't until late in the race that he surged ahead to take home victory. On May 6, Forte will be up against the fiercest competition of his career. With an inexperienced jockey in tow and top horses from around the country, it'll take more than luck for him to win at Kentucky Derby 2023 - let alone justify his current betting odds.

Demling is predicting that Forte will make a strong showing in the Kentucky Derby 2023, but his odds aren't favorable enough to invest in when compared with other potential contenders. Demling is pulling for a dark horse here: Two Phils, with odds at 88-1. Recent form suggests he could be the one to net big payouts if you're brave enough – as his win in the Jeff Ruby Stakes shows this thoroughbred knows how to heat up.

Although he may not have secured many victories in the past, this horse is one of only a few to be featured in next year's Kentucky Derby, with an impressive top career Beyer Speed Figure. He could well prove to be the dark horse when it comes time for race day.

Despite some vocal skeptics, Two Phil's proved his mettle at the Jeff Ruby race. The powerful horse powered through from start to finish and made a strong case for why early speed is key in any contest - proving that lightning-quick starts can translate into long-lasting success.

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