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Harian Update 2021

Post positions and morning-line odds were announced for the Kentucky Derby. Zandon is the 3-1 favorite. (AP Photo/Gregory Payan)

It’s officially Kentucky Derby week, as the post-position draw and morning-line betting odds were announced Monday at Churchill Downs.

Zandon replaced Epicenter as betting favorite on the morning line at odds of 3-1. Zandon drew the 10th post, and he’ll have Flavien Prat on board as jockey in the 148th “Run for the Roses.” As for Epicenter, he drew an inside post position (third) and may have to show his speed early.

“I would be very surprised if (Epicenter) wasn’t in the first flight, off of his ability and where he’s been in all of his previous races,” said trainer Steve Asmussen.

Here are the post positions, betting odds, jockeys, and trainers for all 20 horses competing in the 2022 Kentucky Derby:

2022 Kentucky Derby Field: Post Positions, Odds, Jockeys, Trainers

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

Morning-line odds are simply a prediction by track handicappers of what each horse’s price will be. They have no bearing on the odds a bettor ultimately receives on a bet. With pari-mutuel wagering, odds are determined by the amount of money bet on each entry, and closing odds are the prices at which each bet is effective.

Expert Derby Insights From A Horse Racing Oddsmaker

Gaming Today previously spoke with Circa’s Paul Zilm, a veteran oddsmaker in horse racing.

Zilm said that Circa took sharp action on Zandon in advanced wagering last month. Zandon was then being offered at +2500 (or 25-1) before his win in the Bluegrass Stakes on April 9.

“(They) got down on good numbers with us right before his win in the Bluegrass in Lexington,” Zilm said. “A couple of sharp bettors that we respect took a good number, and now we’re not Zandon’s biggest fans. Although it’s not going to be a huge loss, it’s certainly a liability there.”

Zilm touted Charge It, who drew the eighth post position and was listed at +2000 (or 20-1) on the morning line today.

Charge It’s second-place finish in The Florida Derby gained him entry into the Kentucky Derby. The lightly-raced horse is trained by Todd Pletcher and has never finished worse than second in three career starts.

“I think at the end of the Triple Crown season, or certainly the summer, he may be the best of the bunch,” Zilm said. “He’s a horse that I might take a flyer on in the Derby. He might be a superstar or a freak.”

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