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Last updated: May 8, 2022 at 5:22 p.m. EDT

Odds for the 2022 Kentucky Derby are a sought after barometer for horse-players and the public alike, because Morning Line odds help provide details of class and value among the field of Kentucky Derby runners.

  • Short odds refers to odds that are closer to even money or ‘1,’ such as ‘4-5.’
    • The shorter the horse’s odds, the better the horse can be perceived to be compared among racing peers.
  • Long odds refers to odds that move further away from even money or ‘1,’ such as ’30-1.’
    • The longer the horse’s odds, the less talent a horse could have among the Derby starters.

Where can I Find 2022 Kentucky Derby odds?

Return to this page following the 2022 Kentucky Derby post position draw for morning line odds!

Official 2022 Kentucky Derby Morning Line Odds

With the 2021-22 Road to the Kentucky Derby concluded and the official field and post positions announced, find the official morning line odds for the 2022 Run for the Roses. The Chad Brown-trained Zandon, with two wins, a second-place finish and a third in four career starts.

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

Official morning line odds are selected by an odds line maker following the post position draw on Derby week. The odds maker determines, as best they can, what the odds of each horse will sit at by betting public interest and wagering action.

Any odds or lines that exist anywhere prior to the official Kentucky Derby draw on Derby week are either speculative, a bookmaker’s best guess and non official.

Morning Line vs Final Odds for Kentucky Derby Prep Race Winners

Below is a table that displays each Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race and that race’s winning horse, and what each winning horse’s morning line and final odds were going into those races.

  • What can we learn from the information on each Kentucky Derby North American prep race winner for the 2022 Kentucky Derby season?
  • With morning line odds and final odds side by side in the table below, which horses started as a near favorite and by start time, due to public money fluctuation, fell or gained public betting backing?
  • Will these Road to the Kentucky Derby prep race winners be favorites for the Kentucky Derby?
RTKD RaceWinning HorseML OddsFinal Odds
Iroquois StakesMajor General4-19-2
American Pharoah StakesCorniche6-52-5
Champagne StakesJack Christopher9-58-5
Breeders' FuturityRattle N Roll6-18-1
Breeders' Cup JuvenileCorniche5-27-5
Kentucky Jockey ClubSmile Happy12-19-2
Remsen StakesMo Donegal8-57-5
Los Alamitos FuturitySlow Down Andy5-15-1
Springboard MileMake It Big7-26-5
Gun RunnerEpicenter5-25-2
Smarty Jones StakesDash Attack12-17-1
Jerome StakesCourvoisier5-14-1
Sham StakesNewgrange2-15-2
Lecomte StakesCall Me Midnight20-128-1
Southwest StakesNewgrange2-13-2
Holy Bull StakesWhite Abarrio6-16-1
Withers StakesEarly Voting3-16-5
Robert B. Lewis StakesMessier6-53-5
Sam F. DavisClassic Causeway3-18-5
El Camino Real DerbyBlackadder7-27-2
Rebel StakesUn Ojo12-175-1
John Battaglia MemorialTiz the Bomb5-28-5
Risen Star StakesEpicenter4-17-2
Fountain of Youth StakesSimplification7-25-2
Gotham StakesMorello3-11-1
San Felipe StakesForbidden Kingdom8-51-1
Tampa Bay DerbyClassic Causeway8-54-5
UAE Derby
Louisiana Derby
Sunland Derby
Arkansas Derby
Jeff Ruby Steaks
Florida Derby
Wood Memorial
Blue Grass Stakes
Santa Anita Derby
Lexington Stakes

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How Kentucky Derby Morning-line Odds Are Made

Kentucky Derby odds are released during the Post Position Draw, a one-hour ceremony that determines starting positions. The Post Position Draw takes place on the Wednesday preceding the Kentucky Derby, which is held on the first Saturday in May. TwinSpires bettors know that we are the home for Kentucky Derby wagering – and these race odds being released are truly one of the most exciting pieces the Kentucky Derby wagering process.

Mike Battaglia, Churchill Downs’ odds maker since 1974, is responsible for both the Kentucky Derby and KDFW morning line odds. He reveals odds for the main event shortly after post positions are drawn.

KentuckyDerby.com streams the Post Position Draw ceremony and the event has been televised nationally on NBCSN and local affiliates.

A full field of 20 contenders can be expected every year for America’s most famous horse race. With the the maximum number of betting interests in other U.S. races sitting at 14, the Kentucky Derby offers the potential for great bet returns. Only four horses went off at less than 10-1 odds in the 2015 Kentucky Derby.

For live odds, you can log-in to TwinSpires for free or visit KentuckyDerby.com.

Churchill Downs also offers up to four installments of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager (KDFW) in the months leading up to the race. A November KDFW was introduced in 2013, and the remaining three pools are typically scheduled during February, March and April surrounding the important prep races. The morning line odds are released ahead of the weekend and the unique betting opportunity lasts Friday through Sunday.

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