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Forte Ends As Favorite For Inaugural 2023 Preakness Stakes Future Wager, But Can He Enter?
Forte (Pat McDonogh/Eclipse Sportswire)

Forte Ends As Favorite For Inaugural 2023 Preakness Stakes Future Wager, But Can He Enter?

Juvenile champion Forte, who scratched as the morning line favorite from the 2023 Kentucky Derby (G1) the morning of that race, ended as the 4/1 favorite for the inaugural 2023 Preakness Stakes (G1) Future Wager. The pool closed approximately 1 hour prior to the running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 6.

However, on Monday, May 8, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission (KHRC) released the following statement that puts Forte’s eligibility for the Preakness Stakes in doubt:

“The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission has the following update on Forte:

Forte was scratched from the Kentucky Derby by KHRC veterinarians following Saturday’s routine soundness checks. As is the case with all KHRC veterinary scratches related to soundness, and pursuant to HISA Rule 2241(a), this places Forte on a mandatory 14-day veterinary list. After 14 days, the requirements for removal from the list include a satisfactory workout performed for a state regulatory veterinarian and a negative blood sample result.”

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The final results of the 2023 Preakness Stakes Future Wager are below:

All Other 3-Year-OldsN/A8/113/1
Angel of EmpireBrad Cox12/19/1
Blazing SevensChad Brown50/121/1
Chase the ChaosEd Moger Jr.99/160/1
Confidence GameKeith Desormeaux50/125/1
ContinuarYoshito Yahagi70/1N/A
Cyclone MischiefDale Romans50/150/1
Derma SotogakeHidetaka Otonashi10/113/1
DisarmSteve Asmussen35/140/1
First MissionBrad Cox15/16/1
ForteTodd Pletcher4/14/1
Hit ShowBrad Cox30/145/1
Instant CoffeeBrad Cox50/140/1
Jace’s RoadBrad Cox60/160/1
KingsbarnsTodd Pletcher15/120/1
Lord MilesSaffie Joseph Jr.60/170/1
MageGustavo Delgado30/122/1
Mandarin HeroTerunobu Fujita20/118/1
Practical MoveTim Yakteen10/119/1
Raise CainBen Colebrook60/170/1
Red Route OneSteve Asmussen50/130/1
ReincarnateTim Yakteen / Bob Baffert50/150/1
Rocket CanBill Mott50/150/1
SkinnerJohn Shirreffs20/140/1
Sun ThunderKenny McPeek60/180/1
Tapit TriceTodd Pletcher6/112/1
Two Phil’sLarry Rivelli40/125/1
VerifyingBrad Cox15/130/1

The 2023 Preakness Stakes is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 20, at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland.