Kentucky Derby Field Comes Into Focus Ahead of Monday’s Post Position Draw
Posted on: Could 1, 2022, 08:08h.
Last updated on: May 1, 2022, 08:09h.
With significantly less than a week just before the Kentucky Derby, the field for the 148th operating of the classic race is virtually set.
On Sunday, Early Voting’s owner notified Churchill Downs the Wood Memorial runner-up would not run in next Saturday’s race. That opened up a spot for Pioneer of Medina, who was subsequent in line according to the Kentucky Derby points system.
Post positions for the race will be drawn Monday afternoon. With 20 horses in the field, the draw will most likely play a huge role in how bettors wager on the race. If a popular horse, like Epicenter or Messier, pulls an outdoors gate or the initial along the rail, it could cool interest in these horses.
Initial odds will be posted after the draw, with pari-mutuel wagering beginning Friday on the 1-1/4-mile race.
Fixed-odds futures wagering is offered at some Nevada sportsbooks, which includes Circa Sports and Baldini’s.
Likely Derby Preferred Holds Final Exercise
Epicenter, who is coming off a record-setting win in the Louisiana Derby, educated on the Churchill Downs track Sunday morning, finishing five furlongs in 1:01 more than a muddy track.
It was his final scheduled exercise before the Derby, and it was delayed by almost two hours because of overnight rains. Trainer Steve Asmussen, who seeks his first Kentucky Derby win, mentioned he was a little concerned about the weather, but he has complete self-confidence in his horse.
I am unbelievably excited to be performing this effectively with this considerably on the line,” he said. “I had a quite anxious drive last night with rain and thunderstorms for most of it, and if it is meant to be then it’s meant to be, but almost everything seems to be operating out completely.”
At Circa Sports, Epicenter is the +495 favourite (odds present as of Sunday afternoon ET), but the Las Vegas-based sportsbook only considers him a slight favourite over Blue Grass Stakes winner Zandon (+565), Santa Anita runner-up Messier (+590), and Santa Anita winner Taiba (+635).
Baldini’s at the moment lists Epicenter, Taiba, and Zandon at +600. Messier is the fourth choice for the Sparks-based sportsbook at +800.
Cyberknife Could Assist Cox Repeat
A single horse that has grabbed much more interest through his workouts has been Cyberknife. The Arkansas Derby winner didn’t get the identical buzz that Epicenter, Taiba, and Zandon did following winning their key prep races, but the Brad Cox-trained colt has place up some sharp instruction times in recent weeks.
Two weeks ago, he covered 5 furlongs in a minute. Final week, he covered six furlongs in 1:12.2, and in one more six-furlong coaching session Saturday, which Churchill Downs captured on video, Cyberknife cut a complete second off that.
“Things went really smooth this morning,” Cox stated following Cyberknife’s exercise Saturday.
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— Kentucky Derby (@KentuckyDerby) May 1, 2022
Cox became the very first Louisville native to win the Derby as a trainer thanks to stewards disqualifying Medina Spirit for a drug violation. With Tawny Port and Zozos, he has three horses probably in the field this year, and Cyberknife could be his greatest bet to lastly celebrate in the winner’s circle.
Cyberknife is currently offered at +1600 at Circa, whilst Baldini’s gives him at +1400.