Favorite Forte Scratched, Dick Jerardi's Top Longshot Picks for Kentucky Derby

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Don Shapiro
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Gambling911.com has your 2023 Kentucky Derby morning odds.  View live odds here as the situation Saturday morning was fluid.


Since the post time draw on Monday there have been a total of four scratches.

Continuar, one of the Japanese horses in the Derby, is the third horse to be scratched on Thursday. 

With Skinner later scratched, this year's Kentucky Derby field has dwindled down to 19.

The scratch deadline was 9 a.m. EDT Friday, so no other horses can be added to the field.

Well, on Saturday morning more bad news as it was announced that the favorite, Forte, had been scratched.

The decision to remove Forte was made following a Saturday morning workout, with trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole seen meeting with a state racing commission veterinarian afterward.

It was not immediately clear why Forte had been scratched.

This year's Kentucky Derby field is now down to 18 as a result.

2023 Kentucky Derby Morning Odds

Forte    3-1     
Tapit Trice    5-1  
Angel of Empire    8-1   
Derma Sotogake    10-1   
Practical Move    SCR  
Kingsbarn    12-1  
Two Phil's     12-1   
Mage    15-1   
Verifying     15-1  
Confidence Game    20-1   
Mandarin Hero    20-1   
Skinner    SCR    
Cyclone Mischief    30-1   
Disarm    30-1   
Hit Show    30-1   
Lord Miles    SCR    
Rocket Can    30-1   
Continuar    SCR  
Jace's Road    50-1   
King Russell    50-1   
Raise Cain    50-1   
Sun Thunder    50-1   
Reincarnate    50-1   

- Don Shapiro, Gambling911.com

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