What Are the Payout Odds of Angel of Empire Winning the Kentucky Derby?

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Don Shapiro
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Angel of Empire pays a sweet $80 for every $10 bet and had the third shortest odds of winning this year's Kentucky Derby.


Why Angel of Empire Should Win The Kentucky Derby

Angel of Empire won the Arkansas Derby, Risen Star and finished 2nd in the Smarty Jones before that.

The Arkansas Derby has produced three Kentucky Derby winners including Sunny's Halo in 1983, Smarty Jones in 2004 and American Pharoah in 2015.

Mandaloun gave Angel of Empire trainer Brad Cox his first Derby win in 2021.  Granted that win occurred after Medina Spirit's disqualification for doping.

Jockey Flavien Prat has four starts in the Kentucky Derby win one win.

Post Position Draw Rating

14 - Two winners

Some Food for Thought

No winner of the Risen Star Stakes has gone on to win the Kentucky Derby.

That race had already secured Angel of Empire a spot in his year's Derby.

Trainer Cox won his second consecutive Arkansas Derby.

"It was a big run," he said after that victory. "We always saw him as a mile-and-a-quarter, mile-and-an-eighth horse, and now he's won twice at a mile-and-an-eighth. His sire won this race and I think he'll do better with more distance."

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

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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