Previewing the 2022 Kentucky Derby
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The 148th Kentucky Derby is scheduled for a post time of 6:57 pm Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and official betting on the race began Friday.
As of 5 pm on Saturday, the Derby favorite is again Epicenter, winner of the Louisiana Derby in his last start. Epicenter and Taiba are both at 5-1 and have been trading favorite status for most of the day. Epicenter has the lead in the win pool with $2,770,866 compared to Taiba’s $2,663,619. Santa Anita Derby winner Taiba is making just his third career start.
Messier, who finished second to Taiba last time out, was next at 6-1, with Blue Grass Stakes winner Zandon at 7-1. Zandon was the 3-1 morning-line favorite. Wood Memorial winner Mo Donegal is 9-1. Arkansas Derby winner Cyberknife is at 12-1, and Florida Derby winner White Abarrio rounds out the top tier of favorites at 13-1 odds.
As of 5 pm Saturday, there was over $20 million in the win pool.
(This story will be updated regularly with the latest Derby odds).
Updated Kentucky Derby odds
As of 5 pm Saturday with $21,820,676 in the win pool.
1. Mo Donegal—9-1
2. Happy Jack—19-1
4. Summer Is Tomorrow—32-1
5. Smile Happy—15-1
7. Crown Pride—17-1
8. Charge It—14-1
9. Tiz the Bomb—26-1
11. Pioneer of Medina—50-1
13. Simplification — 35-1
14. Barber Road—51-1
15. White Abarrio—13-1
17. Classic Causeway—76-1
18. Tawny Port—76-1
21. Rich Strike—90-1
Note: Ethereal Road, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, was scratched from the Derby on Friday morning.
Check out the chart below for jockey and trainer information, along with each contender’s morning-line odds before the betting began.
This story was originally published May 6, 2022 4:12 PM.