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

Bob Baffert’s six Kentucky Derby wins are tied for most of any coach in history and it looked like he had set a new record with his seventh last year. However, Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance after crossing the line first and was later disqualified. Baffert will not be allowed to compete in the 2022 Kentucky Derby on Saturday while serving a suspension, but he will still have his fingerprints on the race with two of the 2022 Kentucky Derby horses he trained at Churchill Downs. Both Messier and Taiba moved to the barn of longtime Baffert assistant Tim Yakteen and own four of Beyer’s top five speed figures in the 2022 Kentucky Derby champ. Messier is 8-1 and Taiba is 12-1 in the 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, but Zandon is the 3-1 favorite. 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 your own 2022 Kentucky Derby picks or your own horse racing predictions.

A staple of the horse racing world who has been writing, speaking and betting on races for years, Demling has been on point with his horse racing betting. He hit the exacta at Wood Memorial in April. Last year he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Belmont Stakes. It’s the same handicapper who has pulled off the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs nine times in the last 13 years. That means he’s held a ticket with the winners of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby nearly four times in his last 13 tries.

Additionally, at some point in 2020, he picked the winners of six consecutive 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 those runs is up there.

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

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One of Demling’s surprising picks for the 2022 Kentucky Derby: He’s fading Epicenter, claiming one of the top favorites barely makes the top three. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Epicenter will have experience on his side after having competed in six races at two and three years old. However, he was not dominant and you would be hard pressed to find anyone who had less luck in the Kentucky Derby than Asmussen.

The winningest trainer in North American horse racing history, Asmussen is a staggering 0 for 23 in the Kentucky Derby. Epicenter finished sixth in his first race at Churchill Downs as a two-year-old when a sloppy track contributed heavily to his failures. Track conditions could still be a factor on Saturday with rain falling Friday in Louisville.

Another stunner: Demling is high on Mo Donegal, although he is a long shot in double figures and will run from the inside post. Mo Donegal is one of the few horses in the 2022 Kentucky Derby to have defeated Zandon, as he did by winning the Remsen Stakes. On his last outing, Mo Donegal displayed his unrivaled closing speed, as he ran the last three-eighths of a mile in the Wood Memorial Stakes in 35.61 seconds to win that race.

Every horse in the 2022 Kentucky Derby field had the last three eighths of a mile in their last timed prep run, and Mo Donegal beat them all. In fact, his 35.61 seconds is the fastest of any Kentucky Derby runner since 2016. The second-fastest time over that span was achieved by Maximum Security in the 2019 Florida Derby, and the horse has won the Kentucky Derby that year before being disqualified due to interference. Mo Donegal is in a league of his own when it comes to his final kick, and with Derby’s most experienced coach in Todd Pletcher at his side, he has plenty of value for Kentucky Derby 2022 betting.

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Demling is particularly high on a bigger double-digit long shot of the evening who “practiced very well at Churchill Downs”, and is ready to hit the board hard. Demling shares which horse it is, along with his entire projected ranking, on SportsLine.

Which horse wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby? And which huge underdog is a must-have? 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 had nine Derby-Oaks doubles and six consecutive runs.

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