What is the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Winner Record in the Kentucky Derby?

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Dan Shapiro
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One of 2023 Kentucky Derby favorite Forte's wins was at the 2022 Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

That's not always a good thing, as Gambling.com points out here:

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile: (Nov. 4, 2022, Keeneland): With its lofty status and $2 million purse, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile field usually includes several of the nation’s top 2-year-old colts and automatically deserves our attention. So keep an eye on Forte, who rallied from mid-pack to win the 2022 edition. But remember that Street Sense (2006) and Nyquist (2015) are the only two horses to win the Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby. Amazingly, none of the 11 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile runners in 2021 even made it to the Kentucky Derby field. Breeders’ Cup Juvenile points distribution is 30-12-9-6-3.


Forte, the 3-1 early favorite to win the Kentucky Derby, has more than just the Breeders' Cup Juvenile under his belt. In that sense he resembles Nyquist, who also won the Florida Derby his Kentucky Derby winning year.

A Florida Derby victory should override any Breeders' Cup Juvenile "curse".

Two dozen Kentucky Derby winners have been winners of the Florida Derby between the years 1953 and 2017 (65 years).

Early Odds to Win the 2023 Kentucky Derby

Forte                            3-1

Tapit Trice                    13-2

Angel of Empire            8-1

Derma Sotagake            10-1

Practical Move              10-1

Kingsbarns                    12-1

Verifying                       12-1

Mage                            20-1

Two Phil's                     25-1

Skinner                         28-1

Confidence Game         33-1

Continuar                     33-1

Disarm                         33-1

Hit Show                       33-1

Lord Miles                    40-1

Reincarnate                  40-1

Rocket Can                   40-1

Jace's Road                   50-1

Raise Cain                     66-1

Sun Thunder                 66-1

Wild On Ice                   100-1

- Dan Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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