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

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

The 2022 Kentucky Derby will take place on Saturday at Churchill Downs. No horse has won from the No. 1 post since Ferdinand in 1986, but if any horse is equipped to take advantage of the rail, it may be Mo Donegal. The Todd Pletcher-trained colt already has a pair of wins from the rail, including an impressive run at the Wood Memorial last month. Mo Donegal is 10-1 in the latest 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, while Zandon is the 3-1 favorite and Epicenter is next at 7-2 among the 2022 Kentucky Derby horses. The two other Pletcher entries in the 2022 Kentucky Derby field, Charge It and Pioneer of Medina, are 20-1 and 30-1, respectively. 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 finished first in the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby standings by way of wins in the Gun Runner Stakes, Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby. But trainer Steve Asmussen has had a rough history in the Kentucky Derby, failing to get the job done in his first 23 tries.

Jockey Joel Rosario has a Kentucky Derby win on Orb in 2013, but he is coming off an extremely disappointing 16th-place finish on Rock Your World last year. Owners Joan and Ron Winchell are winless in eight tries at the Kentucky Derby and speed could be an issue with several Kentucky Derby closers joining the fracas.

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 drew the inside rail post position. Eight winners have broken from post No. 1 in Kentucky Derby history, but it hasn’t been a favorable spot over the past few decades since 1986 was the last time a horse won from there.

Mo Donegal, however, has hit the board in all five of his career races and is coming off a first-place finish at the Wood Memorial in early April. Demling isn’t concerned about the colt getting pushed back early because he believes he has the speed to make a run from behind. “He should be right there, running in the stretch,” Demling told SportsLine, making him a strong choice for 2022 Kentucky Derby bets.

How to make 2022 Kentucky Derby picks, bets

Demling is especially high on an evening bigger double-digit long shot who has “been training great at Churchill Downs,” and is set to hit the board hard. Demling is sharing which horse it is, along with his entire projected leaderboard, over at SportsLine.

Which horse wins the Kentucky Derby 2022? And which huge underdog is a must-back? 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 nailed nine Derby-Oaks doubles and six straight races.

2022 Kentucky Derby horses, odds

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