2023 Los Alamitos Derby: Reincarnate goes gate-to-wire

Bob Baffert maintained his dominance of the Los Alamitos Derby with his eighth successive victory in the race as Reincarnate produced a dominant performance off the front to win his first race since capturing the 2023 Sham Stakes at the start of the year. Here the 2023 Los Alamitos Derby recap!

Breeders Cup Odds

Los Alamitos Derby

Stakes, One mile and an eighth. Open to three-year-old horses. Total prize pool: $125,000

  1. Reincarnate +100
  2. Skinner +125
  3. Prince Abu Dhabi +1600

Winning time: 1:48.72

Just five runners were entered in the 2023 Los Alamitos Derby with legendary trainer Bob Baffert seeking an eighth successive victory in the race.

In what was a tight betting heat, it was his charge, Reincarnate who was sent off as the slim favorite. Making his first appearance since finishing well down the field in the Kentucky Derby, the return to Californian soil clearly suited as he won this contest in smart fashion.

Breaking smartly, Reincarnate’s jockey Juan Hernandez had no issues in sending his mount to the front. Able to dictate the early going, Hernandez and Reincarnate were both happy to gradually wind up the fractions.

With the race well and truly on, Hernandez loosened the reigns as he approached the home turn and asked Reincarnate to go and win his race.

Despite pressure from Prince Abu Dhabi on his outside, he could never quite get on terms as Reincarnate kept up his relentless gallop.

Before the race much of the focus was on the John Shirreffs trained Skinner, but despite Mike Smith’s urgings, Skinner timed his charge too late, and despite making up some late ground couldn’t close the gap.

With his rivals blown away by his frenetic pace, Reincarnate would go onto win this year’s Los Alamitos Derby by three lengths. With this success under his belt, Baffert confirmed his next stop is likely to be the Grade 1 Travers Stakes.

2023 Los Alamitos Derby Payouts

2Skinner $2.40

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