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Kentucky Derby 2022 Lineup: Full Race Guide for All Horses and Jockeys

Few jockeys have won the Kentucky Derby as many times as John Velazquez. And none have competed in the Run for the Roses as frequently as Mike Smith. They’ll both be among the 20-strong field looking to race to victory during the 2022 Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Velazquez is one of only 11 jockeys to have three or more Derby victories. He won in 2011 (Animal Kingdom), 2017 (Always Dreaming) and 2020 (Authentic). And he briefly won the 2021 Kentucky Derby before Medina Spirit was disqualified for a failed drug test. This year, Velazquez will be aboard Messier in the hunt for his fourth.

Smith will be competing in the Derby for the 28th time when he rides Taiba on Saturday. The 56-year-old has two previous wins in the Run for the Roses—in 2005 (Giacomo) and in 2018 (Justify, who won the Triple Crown).

If either Velazquez or Smith is going to notch another Derby victory, Messier or Taiba will have to beat the betting favorites, Zandon (3-1) and Epicenter (7-2).

Here’s a look at the full 2022 Kentucky Derby lineup, along with the trainers and jockeys for each horse.

2022 Kentucky Derby Lineup

1. Mo Donegal (10-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2. Happy Jack (30-1)
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano

3. Epicenter (7-2)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Joel Rosario

4. Summer Is Tomorrow (30-1)
Trainer: Bhupat Seemar
Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

5. Smile Happy (20-1)
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Corey Lanerie

6. Messier (8-1)
Trainer: Tim Yakteen
Jockey: John Velazquez

7. Crown Pride (20-1)
Trainer: Koichi Shintani
Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

8. Charge It (20-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Luis Saez

9. Tiz the Bomb (30-1)
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr.

10. Zandon (3-1)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Flavien Prat

11. Pioneer of Medina (30-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Joe Bravo

12. Taiba (12-1)
Trainer: Tim Yakteen
Jockey: Mike Smith

13. Simplification (20-1)
Trainer: Antonio Sano
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

14. Barber Road (30-1)
Trainer: John Alexander Ortiz
Jockey: Reylu Gutierrez

15. White Abarrio (10-1)
Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

16. Cyberknife (20-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Florent Geroux

17. Classic Causeway (30-1)
Trainer: Brian Lynch
Jockey: Julien Leparoux

18. Tawny Port (30-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

19. Zozos (20-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Manuel Franco

20. Rich Strike (99-1)
Trainer: Eric R. Reed
Jockey: Sonny Leon

Lines via KentuckyDerby.com

Messier and Taiba aren’t the only horses who will be ridden by former Kentucky Derby-winning jockeys. There are several others in the field who have a good bit of experience and have previously been successful in the Run for the Roses.

Flavien Prat will be the jockey for betting favorite Zandon, and he’ll be aiming to win his second Derby in four years. However, Prat has never actually been on the horse that has crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs.

When Prat won the Derby on longshot Country House in 2019, it was because Maximum Security had been disqualified for interference, giving the victory to Country House, who crossed the line second. This year, Prat is hoping he can ride Zandon to a clear win, although he does have a concern.

“I think the talent is there, the potential to win the race is there. It’s just his running style. I don’t know if he fits the way the race has been [won] the last few years,” Prat said, per David Grening of Daily Racing Form. “As far as talent and potential, he’s definitely capable.”

Since 2017, Prat has finished in the top three at the Kentucky Derby four times. That includes a second-place finish while riding Hot Rod Charlie last year.

Epicenter also has an experienced jockey for Saturday’s race. Joel Rosario has competed in the Kentucky Derby 10 times, including in 2013, when he rode Orb to victory. However, that’s the only time that Rosario has finished in the top three at the Derby.

Rosario has been Epicenter’s jockey for all three of the colt’s races in 2022, notably triumphing at the Louisiana Derby in March. A month earlier, Epicenter won the Risen Star Stakes, a race in which Zandon finished third.

If Rosario can ride Epicenter to victory on Saturday, it will mark the first Kentucky Derby win for trainer Steve Asmussen, who had previously entered 23 horses into the illustrious race.

At this point, Rosario has been impressed with Epicenter’s continued improvement.

“He has won on the lead, he has won coming from behind horses, so we’ll see how he handles it,” Rosario said, per Art Wilson of The Press-Enterprise. “He has matured, it seems. In the beginning, I had to ride him a little more. But now he’s running and grabs the bridle a bit more. It’s what you want to see.”

While one of these experienced jockeys could ride to victory, it’s also possible that one who hasn’t competed in the Kentucky Derby much (or at all) may end up in the winner’s circle. Anything can happen during “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”

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2022 Kentucky Derby odds, predictions: Expert who nailed last year’s Derby Day winner reveals picks

When is the Kentucky Derby 2022? The Kentucky Derby date is Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs

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The 148th Run for the Roses will take place on Saturday at Churchill Downs, where the headlines have been dominated by a trainer who won’t be in attendance. Bob Baffert is serving a suspension from the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission after Medina Spirit tested positive for a banned substance last year. That forced several changes for two 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders, as Messier and Taiba were transferred to long-time Baffert assistant Tim Yakteen’s barn. Taiba beat Messier in the Santa Anita Derby, but Messier is 8-1 in the 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, while Taiba is at 12-1. Zandon is the 3-1 favorite coming off his win at the Blue Grass Stakes, while Epicenter is 7-2 after leading the Road to the Kentucky Derby standings. The 2022 Kentucky Derby post time is 6:57 p.m. ET. With the Kentucky Derby 2022 featuring the largest field in North American racing, you’ll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Kentucky Derby picks.

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Few people in racing are as connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders’ Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.

She also has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, she nailed 11-1 long shot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1.

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Since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in six of 12 races, including the exacta in the Breeders’ Cup Classic.  On Friday, she nailed the 2022 Kentucky Oaks winner, Secret Oath. Anyone who has followed her is way up.

Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, made her picks and constructed her bets. Click here to see them.

Top 2022 Kentucky Derby predictions

One surprise: Yu is tossing Messier, even though he is one of the top 2022 Kentucky Derby favorites at 8-1. In fact, Yu says Messier barely cracks the top 10. One of the knocks on Messier is his performance when he is not setting the pace or among the horses that are.

2022 Kentucky Derby odds, horses, post positions

Even though Messier has received positive reviews for his workouts heading into the Kentucky Derby 2022, other horses like Epicenter, Zandon, and Zozos have all drawn the same or better Beyer Speed Figures in their most recent ratings. Taiba, who snatched a win away from Messier in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9, also nearly matched his previous speed figure of 103 while taking the victory. Taiba’s performance showed that even if Messier is the one setting the pace, that doesn’t guarantee a win.

Instead, Yu is high on Cyberknife, even though he is a 20-1 long shot. Brad Cox grew up just two blocks from Churchill Downs and started his own stable at 42, but he’s broken through in recent years. He earned the Eclipse Trainer of the Year award after winning four Breeders’ Cup events in 2020 and won again in 2021 after guiding Mandaloun to a Kentucky Derby win, Essential Quality to a Belmont victory, and Knicks Go to a Breeders’ Cup Classic win.

Cox will have three entries in the 2022 Kentucky Derby field, but Cyberknife might be the best of the bunch coming off a win at the Arkansas Derby. Sired by Gun Runner, who won 10 graded-stakes races, including the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic, Cyberknife can be a little finicky in training, but he’s oozing with talent and came from off the pace to win by 2 3/4 lengths at Oaklawn Park.

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Yu’s top pick is an overlooked horse who has the “speed to press and has top connections.” Yu is also high on an enormous long shot who is her “must-use-in-exotics horse.” She said this colt “has shown race after race that he belongs in the Kentucky Derby.” She is including these horses in her 2022 Kentucky Derby bets, and so should you. She’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby? Which enormous long shot is a must-back? Check out the Kentucky Derby odds 2022 below, then visit SportsLine to see Yu’s picks for the Kentucky Derby, all from the expert who nailed last year’s winner on Derby Day.

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Kentucky Derby 2022: Your guide to the 148th Run for the Roses

Whatever you call it, Kentucky Derby 148 is happening Saturday and after a couple of strange years, it’s mostly back to normal.

So what do you need to know to prepare for Louisville’s big day?

The races

The Kentucky Derby is always the first Saturday in May, which this year is May 7. There are 14 races, which start at 10:30 a.m., with the actual Kentucky Derby race at 6:57 p.m.

Just prior to the big race, the contenders walk from the barn to the Paddock around 6:09 p.m. The “Riders Up” call, which will be performed by Louisville rapper Jack Harlow, signals the jockeys to mount their horses, and that happens around 6:37 p.m.

To see the full schedule, click here.

The horses

Zandon was the morning line favorite as of the pill pull.

  1. Mo Donegal, Irad Ortiz Jr.
  2. Happy Jack, Rafael Bejarano
  3. Epicenter, Joel Rosario
  4. Summer Is Tomorrow, Mickael Barzalona
  5. Smile Happy, Corey Lanerie
  6. Messier, John Velazquez
  7. Crown Pride (JPN), Christophe Lemaire
  8. Charge It, Luis Saez
  9. Tiz the Bomb, Brian Hernandez Jr.
  10. Zandon, Flavien Prat
  11. Pioneer of Medina, Joe Bravo
  12. Taiba, Mike Smith
  13. Simplification, Jose Ortiz
  14. Barber Road, Rey Gutierrez
  15. White Abarrio, Tyler Gaffalione
  16. Cyberknife, Florent Geroux
  17. Classic Causeway, Julien Leparoux
  18. Tawny Port, Ricardo Santana Jr.
  19. Zozos, Manny Franco
  20. Ethereal Road, Luis Contreras | Rich Strike

How to bet

Betting for the Kentucky Oaks can be done online through TwinSpires.com or on their app. There’s also information about how to bet and who the experts are picking. Click here for more information on betting.

The purse is $3 million.

Traffic restrictions

Several roads will be closed and traffic patterns will change leading up to the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Find them here:

What to bring and what to leave at home

Each guest is permitted one bag no larger than 12″ x 6″ x 12″.

You can’t bring your own alcohol, backpacks, banners, tents, coolers, pets, selfie sticks, tripods, wagons or weapons. Full list here. You also can’t bring umbrellas, but you can bring a poncho.

You can bring boxed lunches in clear plastic bags and two 24 oz. bottles of water that are sealed.

Weather

A few morning light showers and drizzle will start Derby Day on a damp note. Heading through the afternoon, we’ll top out in the cooler 60s and trend drier. A few peeks of sunshine will be possible by the time the Kentucky Derby race goes off.

How to watch the races

Need tickets? Click here to get them.

You can also watch it on NBC Sports.

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When is Kentucky Derby 2022: Time, post positions, start, date, distance, race coverage info

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most iconic sporting events in the world. Every year, millions of fans tune into NBC to watch top race horses from around the globe compete in “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports.” At this year’s race, there are high expectations on Epicenter (7-2), trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Asmussen has never won the Derby in 23 attempts. Zandon, trained by Chad Brown, opened as the early favorite at 3-1.

NBC is home to the 148th Kentucky Derby, providing comprehensive race coverage and analysis live on TV, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock before, during and after. Coverage begins on Saturday, May 7 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and moves to NBC from 2:30 to 7:30.

NBC will also broadcast the 2022 Kentucky Oaks, 2022 Preakness Stakes and 2022 Belmont Stakes.

RELATED: Kentucky Derby 2022 post positions, odds announced

What is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby, traditionally held on the first Saturday in May, is one of the most well known Grade 1 Thoroughbred stakes races in the world. First run in 1875, this 1 1/4-mile (10 furlongs) race kicks off the American Triple Crown of horse racing.

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When is Kentucky Derby 2022: Time, post positions, start, date, distance, race coverage info

The Kentucky Derby is one of the most iconic sporting events in the world. Every year, millions of fans tune into NBC to watch top race horses from around the globe compete in “The Most Exciting Two Minutes In Sports.” At this year’s race, there are high expectations on Epicenter (7-2), trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen. Asmussen has never won the Derby in 23 attempts. Zandon, trained by Chad Brown, opened as the early favorite at 3-1.

NBC is home to the 148th Kentucky Derby, providing comprehensive race coverage and analysis live on TV, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock before, during and after. Coverage begins on Saturday, May 7 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and moves to NBC from 2:30 to 7:30.

NBC will also broadcast the 2022 Kentucky Oaks, 2022 Preakness Stakes and 2022 Belmont Stakes.

RELATED: Kentucky Derby 2022 post positions, odds announced

What is the Kentucky Derby?

The Kentucky Derby, traditionally held on the first Saturday in May, is one of the most well known Grade 1 Thoroughbred stakes races in the world. First run in 1875, this 1 1/4-mile (10 furlongs) race kicks off the American Triple Crown of horse racing.

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When is the 2022 Kentucky Derby?

The 148th running of the Kentucky Derby is set for Saturday, May 7, 2022 on NBC, PeacockNBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.

The weekend kicks off with the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6 from 1 tp 5 p.m. ET on Peacock before moving to USA Network from 5 to 6. On Derby Day, coverage runs from 12 to 2:30 p.m. on USA Network and gallops over to NBC from 2:30 to 7:30.

Where is the 2022 Kentucky Derby?

The Derby is held on the dirt track at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., where it has been held since its inaugural running in 1875.

How can I watch the 2022 Kentucky Derby?

NBC is home to the 148th Kentucky Derby, providing comprehensive race coverage and analysis live on TV, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock before, during and after. NBC will also broadcast the 2022 Kentucky Oaks, 2022 Preakness Stakes and 2022 Belmont Stakes.

RELATED: America’s Day to Wager: The experts weigh in on betting the 2022 Kentucky Derby

How are horses picked for the Derby?

Only three-year-old Thoroughbreds can qualify for the Kentucky Derby. Eligible horses compete in the Road to the Kentucky Derby, a series of prep races around the world. Horses win points for finishing in the top four spots, and the 20 horses with the most points at the end of the series gain entry into the Derby. (However, sometimes horses will scratch, giving another the opportunity to run in the Derby.)

RELATED: Kentucky Derby Contender Epicenter: Descended from Donuts and the American Dream

Kentucky Derby 2022 post positions, horses

1. Mo Donegal
2. Happy Jack
3. Epicenter
4. Summer Is Tomorrow
5. Smile Happy
6. Messier
7. Crown Pride
8. Charge It
9. Tiz the Bomb
10. Zandon
11. Pioneer of Medina
12. Taiba
13. Simplification
14. Barber Road
15. White Abarrio
16. Cyberknife
17. Classic Causeway
18. Tawny Port
19. Zozos
20. Ethereal Road21. Rich Strike

Who won the 2021 Kentucky Derby?

On Monday, February 21, Brad Cox’s colt Mandaloun was named the official winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby when the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission stripped Bob Baffert’s Medina Spirit of the title due to a failed post-race drug test.

Medina Spirit surprised at Churchill on the first Saturday in May with a wire-to-wire win, giving Baffert a record seventh victory in the race.

Just days later, Baffert, who has a contentious history with positive drug tests, publicly announced that the colt had failed his postrace drug test. Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone in his system, and though a picogram is a trillionth of one gram, it was still double the legal threshold to race in Kentucky. It was later revealed that the betamethasone came from a topical antifungal ointment called Otomax that was used to treat dermatitis.

Churchill Downs later suspended Baffert from racing at its facility, and the New York Racing Association followed suit.

Medina Spirit went on to race in the Preakness under strict conditionsfinishing third. He raced three more times, winning the Shared Belief and Awesome Again (G1) and taking second in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

Exactly one month after his final race, Medina Spirit collapsed and died after a workout at Santa Anita on Dec. 6. He was posthumously named a finalist for 2021 Eclipse Award for Champion 3-Year-Old Male.

Juddmonte-owned Mandaloun was second to the wire with Florent Geroux in the irons. He’s since picked up wins in the Pegasus Stakes (Listed) and the Haskell Stakes (G1) (elevated to first after Hot Rod Charlie was disqualified for interference) at Monmouth, as well as the Louisiana Skates (G3) at Fair Grounds.

What are the biggest Kentucky Derby traditions?

Formal yet bold outfits for both men and women are synonymous with the Kentucky Derby. Celebrities and fans a like go all out, donning creative and colorful hats, bright colors and wild patterns. In fact, hats and outfits are such a big part of the Kentucky Derby that the Derby Museum has a whole exhibit for the most lavish fashions. The Mint Julep, made with Kentucky bourbon, is the signature drink of the Derby.

Kentucky’s state song “My Old Kentucky Home” is played during the pre-race post parade. The song, written by Stephen Foster in the 1850s, depicts slavery in the pre-Civil War South, and the song’s exact origins and intentions have been subject to debate and varying interpretations over the last 170 years. There have been renewed calls to re-examine the song’s place – on Derby Day and in American society at large – in recent years. After the race, the champion horse is given the iconic garland of roses in the winner’s circle.

Betting and horse racing go hand in hand. There will be a whole weekend of stacked racing cards at Churchill Downs, but the Kentucky Derby takes the betting cake.

Watch the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7 on NBC, NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app and Peacock from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET.

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Kentucky Derby 2022 Lineup: Full Race Guide for All Horses and Jockeys

Few jockeys have won the Kentucky Derby as many times as John Velazquez. And none have competed in the Run for the Roses as frequently as Mike Smith. They’ll both be among the 20-strong field looking to race to victory during the 2022 Kentucky Derby on Saturday.

Velazquez is one of only 11 jockeys to have three or more Derby victories. He won in 2011 (Animal Kingdom), 2017 (Always Dreaming) and 2020 (Authentic). And he briefly won the 2021 Kentucky Derby before Medina Spirit was disqualified for a failed drug test. This year, Velazquez will be aboard Messier in the hunt for his fourth.

Smith will be competing in the Derby for the 28th time when he rides Taiba on Saturday. The 56-year-old has two previous wins in the Run for the Roses—in 2005 (Giacomo) and in 2018 (Justify, who won the Triple Crown).

If either Velazquez or Smith is going to notch another Derby victory, Messier or Taiba will have to beat the betting favorites, Zandon (3-1) and Epicenter (7-2).

Here’s a look at the full 2022 Kentucky Derby lineup, along with the trainers and jockeys for each horse.

2022 Kentucky Derby Lineup

1. Mo Donegal (10-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

2. Happy Jack (30-1)
Trainer: Doug O’Neill
Jockey: Rafael Bejarano

3. Epicenter (7-2)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Joel Rosario

4. Summer Is Tomorrow (30-1)
Trainer: Bhupat Seemar
Jockey: Mickael Barzalona

5. Smile Happy (20-1)
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Corey Lanerie

6. Messier (8-1)
Trainer: Tim Yakteen
Jockey: John Velazquez

7. Crown Pride (20-1)
Trainer: Koichi Shintani
Jockey: Christophe Lemaire

8. Charge It (20-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Luis Saez

9. Tiz the Bomb (30-1)
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Jockey: Brian Joseph Hernandez Jr.

10. Zandon (3-1)
Trainer: Chad Brown
Jockey: Flavien Prat

11. Pioneer of Medina (30-1)
Trainer: Todd Pletcher
Jockey: Joe Bravo

12. Taiba (12-1)
Trainer: Tim Yakteen
Jockey: Mike Smith

13. Simplification (20-1)
Trainer: Antonio Sano
Jockey: Jose Ortiz

14. Barber Road (30-1)
Trainer: John Alexander Ortiz
Jockey: Reylu Gutierrez

15. White Abarrio (10-1)
Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

16. Cyberknife (20-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Florent Geroux

17. Classic Causeway (30-1)
Trainer: Brian Lynch
Jockey: Julien Leparoux

18. Tawny Port (30-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.

19. Zozos (20-1)
Trainer: Brad Cox
Jockey: Manuel Franco

20. Rich Strike (99-1)
Trainer: Eric R. Reed
Jockey: Sonny Leon

Lines via KentuckyDerby.com

Messier and Taiba aren’t the only horses who will be ridden by former Kentucky Derby-winning jockeys. There are several others in the field who have a good bit of experience and have previously been successful in the Run for the Roses.

Flavien Prat will be the jockey for betting favorite Zandon, and he’ll be aiming to win his second Derby in four years. However, Prat has never actually been on the horse that has crossed the finish line first at Churchill Downs.

When Prat won the Derby on longshot Country House in 2019, it was because Maximum Security had been disqualified for interference, giving the victory to Country House, who crossed the line second. This year, Prat is hoping he can ride Zandon to a clear win, although he does have a concern.

“I think the talent is there, the potential to win the race is there. It’s just his running style. I don’t know if he fits the way the race has been [won] the last few years,” Prat said, per David Grening of Daily Racing Form. “As far as talent and potential, he’s definitely capable.”

Since 2017, Prat has finished in the top three at the Kentucky Derby four times. That includes a second-place finish while riding Hot Rod Charlie last year.

Epicenter also has an experienced jockey for Saturday’s race. Joel Rosario has competed in the Kentucky Derby 10 times, including in 2013, when he rode Orb to victory. However, that’s the only time that Rosario has finished in the top three at the Derby.

Rosario has been Epicenter’s jockey for all three of the colt’s races in 2022, notably triumphing at the Louisiana Derby in March. A month earlier, Epicenter won the Risen Star Stakes, a race in which Zandon finished third.

If Rosario can ride Epicenter to victory on Saturday, it will mark the first Kentucky Derby win for trainer Steve Asmussen, who had previously entered 23 horses into the illustrious race.

At this point, Rosario has been impressed with Epicenter’s continued improvement.

“He has won on the lead, he has won coming from behind horses, so we’ll see how he handles it,” Rosario said, per Art Wilson of The Press-Enterprise. “He has matured, it seems. In the beginning, I had to ride him a little more. But now he’s running and grabs the bridle a bit more. It’s what you want to see.”

While one of these experienced jockeys could ride to victory, it’s also possible that one who hasn’t competed in the Kentucky Derby much (or at all) may end up in the winner’s circle. Anything can happen during “the most exciting two minutes in sports.”

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