Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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

Medina Spirit was originally the winner of last year’s Kentucky Derby, but he was later disqualified after failing a drug test. His trainer, Bob Baffert, was subsequently suspended from the 2022 Kentucky Derby. With Baffert’s horses having to switch barns, will that create value on other 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders? Zandon is the 3-1 favorite in the latest 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, while Epicenter is second at 7-2. Saturday’s 1 1/4-mile race will mark the 148th edition of the Run for the Roses in Louisville, so who should you backing with your 2022 Kentucky Derby predictions? 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. 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. Epicenter’s five-furlong workout on May 1 at Churchill Downs didn’t do much to move the needle, and he actually ran slower than his last workout of the same length. If Epicenter can’t break quickly out of the gate on Saturday, the 2022 Kentucky Derby field is likely to bury him after the first turn, making it difficult to make up ground.

The 2022 Kentucky Derby lineup doesn’t appear to be the paciest group overall, and a potentially wet track after rain on Thursday and Friday could bog things down, even for horses like Epicenter that are known to finish well.

Another stunner: Demling is high on Mo Donegal, even though he’s a double-digit long shot and will race from the inside post. Mo Donegal should give his owners a chance for their first Kentucky Derby winner after they placed third in both 2010 (Paddy O’Prado) and 2012 (Dullahan). He comes from a strong pedigree, as his father also sired 2016 Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist. His dam is the daughter of Island Sand, who was the runner-up in the 2004 Kentucky Oaks.

Mo Donegal used a late burst to hold off Zandon to win the Remsen Stakes in December, so he has shown the ability to beat the favorite. He also picked up a win at the Wood Memorial Stakes last month. Demling believes Mo Donegal has what it takes to win Saturday’s Kentucky Derby 148.

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