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

After three abnormal editions of the Kentucky Derby in a row, horse racing fans are excited to return to tradition for the 2022 Kentucky Derby. There will be a new horse crowned at Churchill Downs on Saturday after 20 thoroughbreds race for the title. The 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders include Zandon, Epicenter and Messier. Zandon is the 3-1 favorite in the latest 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, while Epicenter is 7-2. Taiba (12-1) is trying to win the 148th Run for the Roses in just his third career start and will race from post No. 12. The 2022 Kentucky Derby post time is 6:57 p.m. ET. 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 12 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 Messier, even though he is one of the top 2022 Kentucky Derby favorites at 8-1. In fact, Yu says Messier barely cracks the top 10. Messier ran his fastest race two starts ago in the Robert B. Lewis Stakes. However, he was unable to match Taiba in the Santa Anita Derby. Messier will need a major improvement if he wants to beat out a loaded 2022 Kentucky Derby field on Saturday.

There have only been two Canadian-bred horses that have won the Kentucky Derby, the most recent being Sunny’s Halo in 1983. Messier also had to switch barns following Bob Baffert’s suspension, which could have played a role in his shortcomings at the Santa Anita Derby. Messier is posing plenty of questions heading into the Kentucky Derby 2022, so Yu will avoid the colt in her 2022 Kentucky Derby bets.

Instead, Yu is high on Cyberknife, even though he is a 20-1 long shot. The three-year-old is coming off an impressive victory at the Arkansas Derby for his third win in four races. The expert notes that veteran horse trainer Brad Cox changed up Cyberknife’s routine.

“Owner Al Gold told me trainer Brad Cox changed Cyberknife’s bit for the last two races, and the switch has obviously helped,” Yu told SportsLine. “In the mornings, you wouldn’t know that this horse is a bad actor in the afternoons; he looks like a complete pro, and his last two works at Churchill have been impressive both visually and on the clock. His pedigree is perfect, and he’s got a great story.”

How to make 2022 Kentucky Derby picks, bets

Yu’s top pick is an overlooked horse who has the “speed to press and has top connections.” Yu is also high on an enormous long shot who is her “must-use-in-exotics horse.” She said this colt “has shown race after race that he belongs in the Kentucky Derby.” She is including these horses 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, post positions

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