Kentucky Derby 2022 post positions, odds announced


Blue Grass Stakes winner Zandon will break from the No. 10 post in the 148th Kentucky Derby as the favorite with 3-1 opening odds.

7-2 Epicenter is starting in the third post and 8-1 Messier is in post No. 6.

The 2022 Kentucky Derby will air on Saturday, May 7 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Coverage is also available to stream live on, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.

NBC Sports will also air the Kentucky Oaks the day before on Friday, May 6th from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET on USA Network, and the NBC Sports app.

Related: What to know about the 2022 Kentucky Derby

Below are the post positions for the 2022 Kentucky Derby, including current odds and full list of horses as of May 2.

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

2. Happy Jack (30-1)
Trainer: Doug F. 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 G. McPeek
Jockey: Corey Lanerie

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

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

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

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

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

11. Pioneer of Medina (30-1)
Trainer: Todd A. 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 A. Ortiz
Jockey: Reylu Gutierrez

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

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

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

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

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

20. Ethereal Road (30-1)
Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas
Jockey: Luis Contreras

21. Rich Strike (30-1)
Trainer: Eric R. Reed
Jockey: Sonny Leon

Read more: Handicapping the 2022 Kentucky Derby | Behind the scenes of betting at the Derby

Watch the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7 from 12 to 2:30 p.m. ET on USA Network and from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Full coverage is also available on, the NBC Sports app and Peacock.

Forte works out, waits for Belmont Stakes clearance

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NEW YORK — Forte, the early Kentucky Derby favorite who was scratched on the day of the race, worked out in preparation for a possible start in the Belmont Stakes on June 10.

Under regular rider Irad Ortiz Jr., Forte worked five-eighths of a mile for Hall of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher. It was the colt’s second workout since being scratched from the Derby on May 6.

“It seems like he’s maintained his fitness level,” Pletcher said. “It seems like everything is in good order.”

Forte was placed on a mandatory 14-day veterinary list after being scratched from the Derby because of a bruised right front foot. In order to be removed from the list, the colt had to work in front of a state veterinarian and give a blood sample afterward, the results of which take five days.

“There’s protocols in place and we had to adhere to those and we’re happy that everything went smoothly,” Pletcher said. “We felt confident the horse was in good order or we wouldn’t have been out there twice in the last six days, but you still want to make sure everything went smoothly and we’re happy everything did go well.”

Pletcher said Kingsbarns, who finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby, will miss the Belmont. The colt is showing signs of colic, although he is fine, the trainer said.

Another Pletcher-trained horse, Prove Worthy, is under consideration for the Belmont. He also has Tapit Trice, who finished seventh in the Derby, being pointed toward the Belmont.

Judge grants Churchill Downs’ request for summary judgment to dismiss Bob Baffert’s lawsuit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A federal judge has granted Churchill Downs’ motion for summary judgment that dismisses Bob Baffert’s claim the track breached due process by suspending the Hall of Fame trainer for two years.

Churchill Downs Inc. suspended Baffert in June 2021 after his now-deceased colt, Medina Spirit, failed a postrace drug test after crossing the finish line first in the 147th Kentucky Derby. The trainer’s request to lift the discipline was denied in February, keeping him out of the Derby for a second consecutive May.

U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings ruled in a 12-page opinion issued Wednesday that Churchill Downs’ suspension of Baffert did not devalue his Kentucky trainer’s license. It cited his purse winnings exceeding $1 million at Keeneland in Lexington and stated that his argument “amounts to a false analogy that distorts caselaw.”

Jennings denied CDI’s motion to stay discovery as moot.

The decision comes less than a week after Baffert-trained colt National Treasure won the Preakness in his first Triple Crown race in two years. His record eighth win in the second jewel of the Triple Crown came hours after another of his horses, Havnameltdown, was euthanized following an injury at Pimlico.

Churchill Downs said in a statement that it was pleased with the court’s favorable ruling as in Baffert’s other cases.

It added, “While he may choose to file baseless appeals, this completes the seemingly endless, arduous and unnecessary litigation proceedings instigated by Mr. Baffert.”

Baffert’s suspension is scheduled to end on June 2, but the track’s release noted its right to extend it “and will communicate our decision” at its conclusion.