Dana: 5 things about the longshot horse who just won 2023 Kentucky


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  • 2023 Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2023.
  • Madge, ridden by Javier Castellano, won the race.
  • The field fell to 18 after five horses were scratched from the race.

The 149th Kentucky Derby will go down in the history books, for better or worse. May 6 was the incident celebrities attended , patrick And Brittany Mahomes, Jack Harlow, Chris Pine, Daniel Birkhead, And bobby flay — and regular folk, all gathered to see which horse would come out on top after “The Fastest Two Minutes in Sports.” After a few days of dark clouds – metaphorically – the race kicked off with literal rain clouds as eighteen purebred horses hit the track at Churchill Downs. In the end, it was Dana who beat seventeen other horses to win the day. It was a close race in the end, with Madge pulling away and winning in a dramatic finish!

It was an amazing race that, for a moment, took away the tragedy and drama that surrounded this year’s race. For more on the winner and what they had to do to make it to the winner’s circle, read on to Whip Up Another Mint Julep.

Dana wins 2023 Kentucky Derby

Dana would be considered a “cheater” in terms of horse racing. he only ran three races Before the 2023 Derby: Florida Derby (where he finished second), Fountain of Youth Derby (finished fourth), and Maiden Derby (which he won.)

He was trained by Gustavo Delgado and is partly owned by Ramiro Restrepo of South Florida. He is one of five owners – five owners whose horse has recently won the Kentucky Derby!

His jockey is Javier Castellano

The win caps off an incredible career for him Javier Castellano, The 45-year-old rider began racing horses in his native country of Venezuela in 1996. He is a second generation jockey and racing runs in the family, His father, uncle and brother have all been jockeys. Javier was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in 2017.

His career includes wins in the Preakness Stakes in 2006 and 2017, the Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2004, and the Kentucky Oaks in 2016. He was on cloud computing when he won the Preakness in 2017 and rode such horses as Shaman Ghost, Honor Code, among others. and Bellamy Road.

The odds were not in his favor.

With so much drama in the race — including the odds-on favorite dropping out, more on that soon — the odds for the 2023 Kentucky Derby were in total chaos until Saturday morning’s finale. Here are the odds for the winner and the rest of the field, per CNN, (However, after the win Madge’s odds were listed as 15-1. Which means that even though he was a longshot, his odds improved.)

  1. hit show 26/1
  2. Verification of 17/1
  3. to fill 7/1
  4. confidence game 16/1
  5. Tapit Tris 9/2
  6. Kingsburns 10/1
  7. reincarnation 13/1
  8. Dana 17/1*
  9. disarm 24/1
  10. Jess Road 32/1
  11. Sun Thunder 30/1
  12. Angel of Empire 9/2
  13. Raise Can 30/1
  14. derma sotogke 7/1
  15. Rocket Can 27/1
  16. cyclone caper 32/1
  17. Mandarin Hero 21/1
  18. Raja Russell 32/1

He won the Derby with the most scratches in almost 90 years.

If the above didn’t make it clear, the 2023 Kentucky Derby ran with a total of 18 horses, down from the usual field of 20. This reduced field comes after Forte, the 3-1 favorite to win, became the fifth horse to ‘scratch’ – aka ​to withdraw – from the race. Churchill Downs said Forte co-owner Mike Repole attributed the injury to the right leg to concerns from state veterinarians, per Washington Post,

Practical move was called off due to high temperature. Was consistently pulled due to lack of fitness. Skinner pulled out due to a high temperature, and Lord Miles was pulled into the trainer section. Saifi Joseph Jr. Being suspended indefinitely – and more He in a bit. These scratches allowed Cyclone Mischief, Mandarin Hero and King Russell to compete in the Kentucky Derby, but the field was still reduced to 18 horses. Overall, this is the most scratches in the Kentucky Derby since 1936.

The derby with the most scratches is believed to be from 1933. In the last twenty-three years, only ten races have been run with the entire field.

…But all the horses coming out of the 2023 Derby are winners.

Racehorse trainer Saifi Joseph Jr. was suspended indefinitely on 4 May after two horses he trained died suddenly, at the time of publication, of undisclosed causes. “The suspension bars Joseph, or any trainer employed directly or indirectly by Joseph, from entering horses in races or applying for stall occupancy. [Churchill Downs Inc.]-famous racetrack,” the organization said in a statement on Thursday, per CNN, “The CDI’s decision has been made following the highly unusual sudden deaths of two horses trained by Joseph at Churchill Downs Racetrack: Parent’s Pride on Saturday and Chasing Artie on Tuesday.”

This is the reason why Lord Miles was thrown out of the race. CDI had “reasonable concern about his horse’s condition,” and suspended him “pending analysis and understanding of the details.”

Unfortunately parent Pride and Chasing Artie were not the only horses killed in the lead-up to the Kentucky Derby. were there Six Confirmed deaths in the race. Wild On Ice, another Kentucky Derby contender, was injured during training on April 27. Tech in charge Briana was injured during a race on May 2. Churchill Downs claimed that both had been euthanized “for humanitarian reasons”.

Chloe’s Dream was injured during an undercard race on Saturday. Trainer Jeff Hills said, “He made a bad move there.” associated Press, “They could do the same thing running in the field that they could do on the track. So it’s very unfortunate. We deal with it.

The racehorse Freezing Point was also injured during his undercard race and was euthanized. Racegoer Joe Conforto said, “It doesn’t make me happy to see a horse euthanized.” AP, “But I think that is very unfortunate. Most racehorses are better taken care of than humans.”

The deaths and suspensions come just weeks before horse racing’s governing body is due to introduce new anti-doping and drug rules. Notoriously, Medina Spirit crossed the finish line first in the 2021 Kentucky Derby, but was stripped of the win after failing a post-race drug test. Medina Spirit died later that year after a workout at a track in Southern California. npr,