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2022 Kentucky Derby odds, predictions: Expert who called last year’s Derby Day winner discloses picks

The road to the 2022 Kentucky Derby rolls through Gulfstream Park and Oaklawn Park on Saturday for the Florida Derby and Arkansas Derby. With just five weeks remaining until the Kentucky Derby 2022 on Saturday, May 7, the Ken McPeek-trained Smile Happy is the favorite in the 2022 Kentucky Derby odds at 6-1. He is scheduled to make his final pre-Derby start in the Blue Grass Stakes on April 9. The Richard Mandella-trained Forbidden Kingdom, who will next run in the Santa Anita Derby, is 7-1 among the 2022 Kentucky Derby horses. With the Kentucky Derby 2022 featuring the largest field in North American racing, you’ll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Kentucky Derby picks.

Few people in racing are as 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.

She also has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, she nailed 11-1 long shot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1.

Since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in six of nine races, including the exacta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. Anyone who has followed her is way up.

Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, made her picks and constructed her bets. Click here to see them.

Top 2022 Kentucky Derby predictions

One surprise: Yu is tossing Forbidden Kingdom, even though he is one of the top favorites at 7-1. A son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, Forbidden Kingdom is a perfect two-for-two in 2022. Both wins came in frontrunning fashion.

However, Yu doesn’t believe Forbidden Kingdom can stretch his speed out to win the Kentucky Derby 2022. “Speed is dangerous in the Derby, as long as those speed horses can finish,” she told SportsLine. “‘Kingdom slows down as he stretches out.” Yu is not using Forbidden Kingdom in her 2022 Kentucky Derby bets.

How to make 2022 Kentucky Derby picks, bets

Instead Yu is high on three horses, including an enormous long shot you need to see. Yu says this long shot has “the right connections and the right pedigree” to pull off an epic upset. She is including this horse in her 2022 Kentucky Derby bets, and so should you. She’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby? Which enormous long shot is a must-back? Check out the Kentucky Derby odds 2022 below, then visit SportsLine to see Yu’s picks for the Kentucky Derby, all from the expert who nailed last year’s winner on Derby Day.

2022 Kentucky Derby odds, horses, futures

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