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Mage roars to a win in the 149th Kentucky Derby

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Mage kicks it into high gear to edge out Two Phil’s in the final stretch at Churchill Downs and win the 149th Kentucky Derby.

Mage (15-1) storms down the final stretch and holds off Two Phil’s to claim victory in the 149th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

This is trainer Gustavo Delgado‘s first win at the Derby. Javier Castellano, a Hall of Fame jockey, wins his first Kentucky Derby. Both Delgado and Castellano are from Venezuela.

Delgado, who had run in two previous Kentucky Derby’s, had a good feeling about his three-year-old this year.

‘This time, I was sure that the horse was very, very good,” Delgado told NBC’s Britney Eurton.

Mage paid $32.42 to win, $14.58 to place and $9.08 to show. Two Phil’s (9-1) paid $10.44 to place and $6.52 to show. Angel of Empire (4-1) paid $4.70 to show.

Mage is likely to be pointed to the Preakness Stakes next. The second leg of the Triple Crown sets off from Pimlico in two weeks on Saturday, May 20.

Full order of finish in the 2023 Kentucky Derby:


  1. Mage
  2. Two Phil’s
  3. Angel of Empire
  4. Disarm
  5. Hit Show
  6. Derma Sotogake
  7. Tapit Trice
  8. Raise Cain
  9. Rocket Can
  10. Confidence Game
  11. Sun Thunder
  12. Mandarin Hero
  13. Reincarnate
  14. Kingsbarns
  15. King Russell
  16. Verifying
  17. Jace’s Road
  18. Cyclone Mischief
  19. Skinner - DNP (SCR)
  20. Forte - DNP (SCR)
  21. Continuar - DNP (SCR)
  22. Lord Miles - DNP (SCR)
  23. Practical Move - DNP (SCR)

Watch the Preakness on Saturday, May 20 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET on CNBC and from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage is also available on NBCSports.com and on the NBC Sports app.