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

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

Trainers Todd Pletcher and Brad Cox have Kentucky Derby victories under their belts and will have three chances to add another at the 2022 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Pletcher won in 2010 with Super Saver and in 2017 with Always Dreaming. In the 2022 Kentucky Derby he will dispatch Mo Donegal (10-1), Charge It (20-1) and Pioneer of Medina (30-1) in the 148th Run for the Roses. Brad Cox won with Mandaloun a year ago after Medina Spirit was disqualified, and he’ll have Cyberknife (20-1), Tawny Port (30-1) and Zozos (20-1) in the Kentucky Derby field 2022. Zandon is the 3-1 favorite, while Epicenter (7-2) and Messier (8-1) are the only two other Kentucky Derby 2022 horses with single-digit Kentucky Derby 2022 odds. 2022 Kentucky Derby release date 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. Epicenter is one of the only horses in the 2022 Kentucky Derby to have both Beyer and Brisnet speed figures of 100 or higher. However, Epicenter’s second-place finish at the Lecomte Stakes in January gives the pundit pause.

“I was really hoping he would be the favorite so I could get a better price on my first two,” Demling told SportsLine. “The only race in Epicenter where he didn’t finish first or second was at Churchill Downs in his first match. He won in leading and stalking and has really good speed numbers. I can see him capturing the roses, but I’m going somewhere else.”

Another stunner: Demling is high on Mo Donegal, even though he is a double-digit long shot and will run from the inside post. Mo Donegal is the son of Uncle Mo, one of the legitimate contenders for the Kentucky Derby in 2011 before illness forced him to retire from racing. Mo Donegal has reached the board in all five of his starts, with notable wins at the Remsen Stakes as a two-year-old and at Wood Memorial last month.

Mo Donegal clinched the No. 1 position in the 2022 Kentucky Derby draw, which produced eight all-time winners, tied for third in all positions, but none since 1986, when Ferdinand rode the rail towards victory. However, Mo Donegal has experience there, winning the No.1 position at Remsen and Wood Memorial. Irad Ortiz Jr. will be in the mount on Saturday.

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Demling is particularly high on a bigger double-digit evening long shot who “trained 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.

2022 Kentucky Derby horses, odds

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