Kentucky Derby 2022 Entry List and Odds of winning

The 2022 Kentucky Derby (officially, the 2022 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve) will be the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby. It will take place on May 7, 2022, the first Saturday in May, in Louisville, Kentucky. The race is open to 20 horses, who qualified for the race by earning points on the 2022 Road to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is a Grade I stakes race for three-year-old Thoroughbreds at a distance of 1+14 miles (2.0 km) and has been run at Churchill Downs racetrack since its inception in 1875. The purse for 2022 will be US$3 million.

The race will be broadcast by NBC, with coverage of undercard races beginning at 12:30 pm EDT on USA Network and main network coverage of pre-race activities starting at 2:30 pm EDT. It will also be livestreamed on The projected post time is 6:57 pm.

Churchill Downs front entrance gate By Jainrajat11 in 2008, Public Domain, https

Entries were taken on May 2 followed by the post position draw. The field is considered one of the deepest in recent history, with leading contenders coming from several different racing circuits across the country:

  • Epicenter – winner of the Risen Star Stakes and Louisiana Derby. top point earner on the Road to the Kentucky Derby. drew an inside post position, potentially a tactical disadvantage in the large field of the Derby
  • Zandon – winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, second in the Risen Star and Remsen Stakes
  • Taiba – winner of the Santa Anita Derby. the Kentucky Derby will be only his third lifetime start
  • Smile Happy – second in the Blue Grass Stakes. won the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at age two
  • White Abarrio – winner of the Holy Bull Stakes and Florida Derby
  • Mo Donegal – winner of the Wood Memorial and Remsen Stakes
  • Messier – second in the Santa Anita Derby
  • Cyberknife – winner of the Arkansas Derby

The number before the horse’s name is their individual number.

  1. Mo Donegal 8-1
  2. Happy Jack 21-1
  3. Epicenter 5-1
  4. Summer Is Tomorrow 33-1
  5. Smile Happy 15-1
  6. Messier 6-1
  7. Crown Pride 19-1
  8. Charge It 13-1
  9. Tiz the Bomb 27-1
  10. Zandon 7-1
  11. Pioneer of Medina 51-1
  12. Taiba 5-1
  13. Simplification 42-1
  14. Barber Road 49-1
  15. White Abarrio 13-1
  16. Cyberknife 12-1
  17. Classic Causeway 80-1
  18. Tawny Port 77-1
  19. Zozos 45-1
  20. Ethereal Road has been Scratched
  21. Rich Strike 99-1


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