2023 UAE Derby morning-line odds, picks, post time: Racing reporter offers best bets for Saturday's Kentucky Derby prep race
The road to the Kentucky Derby travels to the United Arab Emirates on Saturday when 13 horses leave the starting gate in the 2023 UAE Derby at Meydan Racecourse. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Cairo is the 5-2 favorite in the 2023 UAE Derby odds. The Bob Baffert-trained Worcester is the 5-1 second choice in the 2023 UAE Derby field, while Dura Erede (6-1), Goraiko (8-1), Derma Sotogake (10-1) and Tall Boy (10-1) round out the top six. Post time is 9:50 a.m. ET.
With 13 lightly raced 3-year-olds set to enter the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2023 UAE Derby picks.
Few people in racing are as well-connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders' Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.
Since joining SportsLine in November 2021, her picks have cashed in the 2021 and '22 Breeders' Cup Classics, Kentucky Oaks, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes, among other races.
And last month she crushed the Saudi Cup, riding a 15-1 winner for an $840 score.
Now, Yu has handicapped the 2023 UAE Derby field, given her horse-by-horse analysis, made her picks and constructed her wagers.
One surprise: Yu's top pick is not Cairo, even though he is the 5-2 morning-line favorite! "You can never count out Ballydoyle in these spots though I would watch him closely as there is an indication he could come unglued the night of the race," Yu told SportsLine. She is using Cairo only sparingly in her 2023 UAE Derby bets.
Instead, Yu's top choice is a double-digit longshot who is an "up-and-comer." She also is high on another longshot who will turn heads on Saturday! She is including these horses in her 2023 UAE Derby bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own.
So which double-digit longshot wins the UAE Derby 2023? And what does Yu think of every horse in the race? ... Join SportsLine right now to get Michelle Yu's 2023 UAE Derby horse-by-horse analysis and picks, all from the insider who crushed last month's Saudi Cup for $840!
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