Mage, the 3-year-old colt trained by Gustavo Delgado and ridden by Javier Castellano, emerged as the triumphant winner of the 2023 Kentucky Derby. In a stunning display of skill and determination, Mage defied the odds and clinched victory by a length over Two Phil’s, capturing the hearts of spectators and enthusiasts alike. Bred in Kentucky by OGMA Investments, Ramiro Restrepo, Sterling Racing, and CMNWLTH, Mage showcased his exceptional abilities on the grand stage of Churchill Downs.
Despite having only three prior starts, Mage had already proven his mettle by securing victories in two of his races. As the longest shot in the field, carrying 15-1 odds, Mage entered the Kentucky Derby with a sense of anticipation and the desire to exceed expectations.
The race took place on a fast track, with Mage breaking from the eighth post position.
During the race he was found sitting at the back of the pack but this was as though he was waiting for his perfect moment. As the final stretch arrived, Mage opened his legs and with a burst of pace and agility, he pushed up the pack.
With a burst of energy, Mage swiftly overtook Two Phil’s and Angel of Empire, galloping towards the finish line with unyielding determination. Crossing the wire with a length to spare, Mage secured a remarkable victory, surprising many and solidifying his status as a rising star in the world of horse racing.
Mage’s triumph was a testament to the tireless efforts and meticulous training of his dedicated connections. Their unwavering belief in his abilities, coupled with his own natural talent, propelled Mage to this remarkable achievement. The 2023 Kentucky Derby will forever be etched in the history books as the moment when Mage defied expectations and emerged as a deserving champion.