Kentucky Derby 2022
Trainers Todd Pletcher and Brad Cox have both won the Kentucky Derby, and they will have three chances to win it again at Churchill Downs in 2022. Pletcher won with Super Saver in 2010 and Always Dreaming in 2017. In the 148th Run for the Roses in 2022, he'll send out Mo Donegal (10-1), Charge It (20-1), and Pioneer of Medina (30-1).
After Medina Spirit was disqualified a year ago, Brad Cox was granted the win with Mandaloun, and he'll have Cyberknife (20-1), Tawny Port (30-1) and Zozos (20-1) in the 2022 Kentucky Derby field. Zandon is the 3-1 favourite, with Epicenter (7-2) and Messier (8-1) being the only other horses in the 2022 Kentucky Derby with single-digit odds. The post time for the 2022 Kentucky Derby is 6:57 p.m. ET. With so much to consider, you'll want to check out SportsLine's Jody Demling's 2022 Kentucky Derby choices and horse racing predictions before making your own.
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Demling is fading Epicenter in the 2022 Kentucky Derby, claiming that one of the top favourites barely enters the top three. Epicenter is one of only two horses in the 2022 Kentucky Derby to have Beyer and Brisnet speed figures of 100 or higher. Epicenter's second-place finish in the Lecomte Stakes in January, though, gives the expert pause.
Demling told SportsLine, "I really thought he'd be the favourite so I could get a better deal on my top two." "Epicenter's only race where he didn't finish first or second was in his debut game at Churchill Downs. He's won on the lead and stalking, and his speed figures are impressive. I see him capturing the roses, but I'm off to do something different."
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Another surprise: Demling likes Mo Donegal, despite the fact that he's a double-digit longshot who will start from the inside post. Uncle Mo, the sire of Mo Donegal, was a legitimate Kentucky Derby contender in 2011 before being forced to withdraw due to sickness. Mo Donegal has won all five of his races, including the Remsen Stakes as a two-year-old and the Wood Memorial last month.
Mo Donegal was given the No. 1 post in the Kentucky Derby post draw for 2022, which has produced eight winners, tied for the third most of any post, but none since 1986, when Ferdinand rode the rail to victory. Mo Donegal, on the other hand, has won from the No. 1 position in the Remsen and Wood Memorial. On Saturday, Irad Ortiz Jr. will be in the saddle.