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2022 Kentucky Derby Post Positions

Kentucky Derby

The May 7th running of the 2022 Kentucky Derby will be the 148th time that the race has been held since the first derby horses raced down the track in Louisville in 1875.

This year, post positions were drawn on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 11AM ET -- as morning line odds, horses, positions, trainers and jockeys for this year's Run for the Roses were officially announced.

2022 Kentucky Derby post positions

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
1 Mo Donegal Irad Ortiz Jr Todd Pletcher 10-1
2 Happy Jack Rafael Bejarano Doug O’Neill, 30-1
3 Epicenter Joel Rosario Steve Asmussen, 7-2
4 Summer Is Tomorrow Mickael Barzalona Bhupat Seemar 30-1
5 Smile Happy Corey Lanerie Kenny McPeek 20-1
6 Messier John Velazquez Tim Yakteen 8-1
7 Crown Pride Christophe Lemaire Koichi Shintani 20-1
8 Charge It Luis Saez Todd Pletcher 20-1
9 Tiz the Bomb Brian Hernandez Jr Kenny McPeek 30-1
10 Zandon Flavien Prat, Chad Brown 3-1
11 Pioneer of Medina Joe Bravo Todd Pletcher 30-1
12 Taiba Mike Smith Tim Yakteen 12-1
13 Simplification Jose Ortiz Antonio Sano 20-1
14 Barber Road Reylu Gutierrez John Ortiz 30-1
15 White Abarrio Tyler Gaffalione Saffie Joseph Jr., 10-1
16 Cyberknife Florent Geroux Brad Cox 20-1
17 Classic Causeway Julien Leparoux Brian Lynch 30-1
18 Tawny Port Ricardo Santana Jr. Brad Cox 30-1
19 Zozos Manny Franco Brad Cox 20-1
20 Ethereal Road- scratched Luis Contreras D. Wayne Lukas 30-1
21 Rich Strike Sonny Leon Eric Reed 30-1

Picking a Derby winner

To choose the winner you need to know the pedigree of the horse and his past history in the Stakes races. How the horse handles various track conditions can mean the difference between a win or an also-ran.

Who trains and rides the colt is another fact that handicappers look at. Pros can also look back on patterns of past Kentucky Derby winners and use that knowledge to predict the outcome.

Since 2000, only three of the horses who were favorites at the start of the Kentucky Derby finished in the money. In 2000 Fusaichi Pegasus won and in 2004 Smarty Jones won. Empire Maker placed in 2003. Harlan's Holiday (2002), Bellamy Road (2005) and Sweetnorthernsaint (2006) all heavy favorites finished seventh.

The sweetheart of the odds makers in 2001, Point Given, ended his race in fifth place. In spite of all of the best guesses from odds makers, the final verdict can only be decided by the horse and rider when the winner crosses the finish line.

also see -> Tips on betting the Kentucky Derby

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