2022 Kentucky Derby horses, top contenders, odds, date: Expert who nailed 9 Derby-Oaks Doubles makes picks

2022 Kentucky Derby horses, top contenders, odds, date: Expert who nailed 9 Derby-Oaks Doubles makes picks

One of the most important factors bettors will look at before the 2022 Kentucky Derby is a horse’s speed figure. If you love fast horses, then you should be a fan of Tiz the Bomb, who had the top Equibase Speed Figure of any horse in the 2022 Kentucky Derby field. Tiz the Bomb topped out at 109 at the Jeff Ruby Steaks, but that race was on a synthetic surface. Messier and Zandon own the top Equibase Speed Figures on dirt after they each posted a 107 during their 2022 Kentucky Derby prep races. Zandon is 8-1 in the latest 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, while Messier also carries single-digit odds at 7-1. With most of his success coming on non-dirt surfaces, Tiz the Bomb is a 25-1 long shot ahead of Saturday’s Kentucky Derby 2022 from Churchill Downs. The 2022 Kentucky Derby post time is 6:57 p.m. ET. With so much to consider, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s Jody Demling has to say before entering any 2022 Kentucky Derby picks or horse racing predictions of your own.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling has been on-point with his horse racing bets. He hit the exacta in the Wood Memorial in April. Last year, he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Belmont Stakes. This is the same handicapper who hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 13 years. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but four times in his last 13 tries.

In addition, at one point in 2020, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby, and Belmont Stakes. On Friday, he nailed the exacta in the 2022 Kentucky Oaks. Anyone who has followed him on these races is way up.

Now, with the 2022 Kentucky Derby lineup locked in, Demling is sharing his picks and predictions over at SportsLine. Go here to see them.

Top 2022 Kentucky Derby predictions

One of Demling’s surprising 2022 Kentucky Derby picks: He is fading Epicenter, saying one of the top favorites barely even cracks the top three. Trainer Steve Asmussen has been trying to win the Kentucky Derby for decades, but he has not been able to get over the hump. Epicenter could have a tough time breaking from the No. 3 post with 17 horses to his outside. He has the speed to win the Kentucky Derby 2022, but it could be difficult from his post position.

Asmussen has trained several other standout Kentucky Derby horses, including Gun Runner, who finished third in 2016. Epicenter could be the latest example of why there is more to horse racing than just talent, especially against a field this large. Demling does not like Epicenter’s price on Saturday night, so he is suggesting that you look elsewhere with your 2022 Kentucky Derby bets.

Another stunner: Demling is high on Mo Donegal, even though he’s almost a double-digit long shot and will race from the inside post. No horse has won the Kentucky Derby from the No. 1 post since Ferdinand in 1986, but the position has produced eight winners and there are certain horses that seemed better equipped for the rail.

Mo Donegal appears to be one of them, having won from the inside at the Remsen Stakes and Wood Memorial. Sired by legendary graded-stakes winner Uncle Mo, a Kentucky Derby contender in 2011 before illness forced him to be withdrawn, Mo Donegal is a physically-imposing horse who has excelled in traffic in his career. That’s what it will take for him to make use of the shortest trip around Churchill Downs and his odds dropped from 10-1 to 8-1 already on race day.

How to make 2022 Kentucky Derby picks, bets

Demling is especially high on an evening bigger double-digit long shot who has “been training great at Churchill Downs,” and is set to hit the board hard. Demling is sharing which horse it is, along with his entire projected leaderboard, over at SportsLine.

Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby 2022? And which huge underdog is a must-back? Check out the latest 2022 Kentucky Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling’s picks for the Kentucky Derby, all from the expert who nailed nine Derby-Oaks doubles and six straight races.

2022 Kentucky Derby horses, odds


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