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Kentucky Derby 5/7/22 - Horse Racing Picks & Predictions

The run for the roses is getting ready to take off on Saturday evening for the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. Now, the posts positions have been released and it is a little bit on the shocking side where some of the horses have posted at. Still here is our horse by horse review of the field of 22. 

1. Mo Donegal 10-1

The last race for Mo Donegal was a first palce finish at the Wood Memorial. The last workout for the Todd Pletcher trained Mo Donegal was a 4 furlong run with a 57/133 rank. 

2.  Happy Jack 30-1

The last race for Happy Jack was a 3rd place finish at Santa Anita Derby. Happy Jack has run 4 races this year and finished with 1 win and 2 third place finishes. The last workout for the Doug O’Neill trained horse was at Keeneland and was a 1M run with a 1/1 rank.

3. Epicenter 7-2

Epicenter was the winner in the Louisiana Derby. In 2022 Epicenter has 3 races so far with 2 first place finishes and a second. Steven Asmussen is the trainer for Epicenter and the last workout was a 5 furlong run that seen Epicenter finish 3/6 rank.

4. Summer Is Tomorrow 30-1

The last race for Summer is Tomorrow was a 2nd place finish at the UAE Derby. This year Summer Is Tomorrow has run in 4 races with a first place and 2 second place finishes. The trainer is Bhupat Seemar and the last workout was a 4 furlong run that seen a rank of 6/21.

5. Smile Happy 20-1

Smile Happy in the last race finished 2nd in the Blue Grass Stakes. This year Smile Happy has run in 2 races and has 2 second place finishes. The trainer for Smile Happy is Kenneth McPeek and the last workout for Smile Happy was a 4 furlong at Churchill Downs with a 28/133 rank.

6. Messier 8-1

Messier was a second place finisher at the Santa Anita Derby. This year Messier has run in 2 races and finished in first and second place. Tim Yakteen is the trainer for Messier. The last workout for Messier was a 6 furlong run at Santa Anita and finished 1/1 rank.

7. Crown Pride 20-1

Crown Pride finished first in the UAE Derby in the last race. Crown Pride has run in 2 races this year and has 1 first place finish. The trainer for Crown Pride is Koichi Shintani. The last workout for Crown Pride, the Japanese horse, was a 4 furlong run at Churchill Downs and the rank was 1/30.

8. Charge It 20-1

Charge It finished second in the Florida Derby. Charge It has run in 3 races this year and has won a race and has 2 second place finishes. Todd Pletcher is the trainer for Charge It and in the last workout session was 9/133 in a 4 furlong workout at Churchill Downs.

9. Tiz The Bomb 30-1

Tiz The Bomb finished first in the Jeff Ruby Steaks. This year Tiz The Bomb has run in 3 races with 2 first place finishes. The trainer for Tiz The Bomb is Kenneth McPeek and the last workout was a 4 furlong run that seen a 28/133 rank.

10. Zandon 3-1

The last race for Zandon was a first place finish at the Blue Grass Stakes. Zandon has run in 2 races so far and has a first and third place finish this year. The trainer for Zandon is Chad Brown and in the last workout it took place at Churchill Downs and was a 5 furlong run and a 7/43 rank. 

11. Pioneer of Medina 30-1

The last race here was a 3rd place finish at the Louisiana Derby. Pioneer of Medina has started in 3 races this year and has a first and third place finish. The trainer is Todd Pletcher and in the last workout it was a 4 furlong run with a rank of 9/133.

12. Taiba 12-1

The last race for Taiba was a first place finish at the Santa Anita Derby. Taiba has run good in 2022 with 2 races and 2 wins. The trainer for Taiba is Tim Yakteen and the last workout was at Santa Anita and was a 1/4 finish in a 6 furlong run.

13. Simplification 20-1

Simplification last ran in the 2022 Florida Derby finishing 3rd. Coming here Simplification has run in 4 races with 2 first place, a second and a third place finish. The trainer is Antonio Sano and the last workout for Simplification was a 5 furlong run that was a 1/10 rank.

14. Barber Road 30-1

Barber Road last ran in the Arkansas Derby finishing in second place. This year Barber Road has run in 4 races with 3 second place and a third place finish. John Alexander Ortiz is the trainer for Barber Road and the last workout was a little bit of a disappointment in a 4 furlong run with a 70/133 rank.

15. White Abarrio 10-1

The last race for White Abarrio was a first place finish at the Florida Derby. In 2022 White Abarrio has run in 2 races and finished in first place in both. The trainer is Sadie A. Joseph Jr. The last workout for White Abarrio was a 4 furlong run that seen a rank of 1/3.

16. Cyberknife 20-1

The last race for Cyberknife was a first place finish at the Arkansas Derby. In 2022 Cyberknife has 3 races run and has 2 first place finishes. The trainer for Cyberknife is Brad Cox and the last workout for Cyberknife was a 6 furlong race that was a 1/4 rank.

17. Classic Causeway 30-1

The last race for Classic Causeway was an 11th place finish at the Florida Derby. In 2022 Classic Causeway has run in 3 races and has 2 first place finishes. The trainer for Classic Causeway is Brian A. Lynch and the last workout for Classic Causeway was a 6 furlong run and finished 3/4.

18. Tawny Port 30-1

Tawny Port finished 1st at the grade 3 Lexington race. In 2022 Tawny Port has run in 4 races and has 2 first and a second place finish. Tawny Port has been trained by Brad Cox and in the last workout at Churchill Downs with a 28/55 rank.

19. Zozos 20-1

The last race for Zozos was a 2nd place finish at the Louisiana Derby. In 2022 Zozos has run in 3 races and has 2 first place and 1 second place finish. The trainer for Zozos is Brad Cox as well and the last workout for Zozos was a 6 furlong run that was a 2/4 rank.

20. Ethereal Road 30-1

The last race for Ethereal Road was a 4th place finish at the grade 3 Lexington race. In 2022 Ethereal Road is coming in with 4 races and a first and second place finish. The trainer for Ethereal Road is D. Wayne Lukas. The last workout for Ethereal Road was a horrible outing with an 8/8 rank on only 5 furlongs. 

21. Rich Strike 30-1

The last race for Rich Strike was a 3rd place finish at the Jeff Ruby Steaks. Rich Strike is lucky to be here after a 2022 season that has 3 starts with 2 third place finishes. Eric Reed is the trainer for Rich Strike and the last workout was decent with a 5 furlong run and a 3/9 rank.

22. Rattle N Roll 30-1

The last race for Rattle N Roll was a 6th place finish at the Blue Grass Stakes. Rattle N Roll is coming in with 3 starts in 2022 this year and have not even had a sniff at a third place finish. The trainer is Kenneth McPeek and the last workout was a 70/133 rank with a 4 furlong run.

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