The Kentucky Derby prep race that produced last year's longshot Derby winner returns on Saturday when the starting gate opens in the 2023 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky. Last year, Rich Strike finished third in the Jeff Ruby en route to winning the Derby at 80-1 odds. This year, the Todd Pletcher-trained Major Dude has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Jeff Ruby Steaks odds. Two Phil's, who is trained by Larry Rivelli, is the 7-2 second choice. Post time for the $700,000 race is 6:25 p.m. ET.
With a wide-open 12-horse field set to leave the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to hear what Louisville, Ky.,-based racing expert Jody Demling has to say before making any 2023 Jeff Ruby Steaks picks.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling has nailed the winner of the Belmont Stakes four of the last five years, as well as the exacta in 2022 with Mo Donegal and Nest. He also nailed Flightline's win at the Breeders' Cup Classic in November.
Demling is at his best in the biggest horse races in the country. In fact, he has hit 10 of the last 14 Oaks-Derby doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but four times in the last 14 years. He's also called nine of the last 18 Preakness winners and nailed the 2022 Preakness trifecta.
Now, Demling has handicapped the 2023 Jeff Ruby Steaks field, made his picks and constructed his bets.
One shocker: Demling is high on Wadsworth, who is the fifth choice on the morning line, at 8-1. "Any horse out of the Brad Cox barn is dangerous," Demling told SportsLine. Demling is using Wadsworth prominently in his wagers.
Morever, Demling's top pick is a horse who is exhibiting the "sign of a winner." Demling also is high on a double-digit longshot who "has a real shot" to win. Demling is including these horses in his exactas and trifectas, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see who they are before locking in your picks for the 2023 Jeff Ruby Steaks.
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