Coach Tim Yakteen will be looking to win the Kentucky Derby for the first time in his career when he sends the Santa Anita Derby’s top two finishers, Taiba and Messier, to Saturday’s 2022 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The Southern California-based yactus, whose horses have won more than 1,900 races and more than $12.2 million since starting his stable in 2004, has never started a horse in the Kentucky Derby lineup before this year. At the end of March he took over the training of Taiba and Messier from Bob Baffert, who is not allowed to walk horses during his suspension at Churchill Downs. Messier is 8-1 at the 2022 Kentucky Derby odds, while Taiba is 12-1 as the sixth pick in the 20-horse field for the 2022 Kentucky Derby. Post time is 6:57 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 7, the date of the 2022 Kentucky Derby. Before you make a selection for the 2022 Kentucky Derby, you need to see what legendary handicapper Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg has to say.
Former horse racing analyst for ESPN and NBC, Goldberg became a legendary handicapper by going straight to the source. In 2004, before the Belmont Stakes, he had dinner with trainer Nick Zito at a pizza joint in Queens. The dinner saw Goldberg play against Zito’s 36-1 monster long shot Birdstone to win, and on top of his exacta, trifecta, and superfecta bets. When Birdstone shocked the world, Goldberg won $24,000.
His success continues at SportsLine. At the March 2020 San Felipe Stakes, Hammer dealt a $20 exacta that paid 9-1. At the 2020 Belmont Stakes, Goldberg was right there with Tiz the Law, who clinched a convincing win in the first Triple Crown race of the year. Hammer also nailed the Exacta in the Blue Grass Stakes, Haskell Stakes, and Pacific Classic that year.
And last year he beat Essential Quality hot rod Charlie Exacta in the Belmont Stakes. Now, Goldberg has researched the 2022 Kentucky Derby horses and shared his tips and analysis only with SportsLine.
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A surprise: Goldberg throws Zandon out completely, despite being the 3-1 favorite on the morning line. Zandon, bred by former Kentucky Gov. Brereton C. Jones, has had one of the strongest performances at the 2022 Kentucky Derby prep races. He was relegated to last place in the Blue Grass Stakes before weaving through opponents to win by 2 1/2 lengths. It was that performance that catapulted him above Epicenter as a favorite on the morning line.
But Zandon needs a clean run due to his running style coming from behind. That’s always risky in a field with 20 horses. At 3-1 on the morning line, Hammer doesn’t think Zandon has any value, so he won’t use him in any 2022 Kentucky Derby picks.
Another shocker: Hammer is up to 20-1 Long Shot Smile Happy. Owned by the Louisville-based Mackin family, who will have at least 70 family members at the 2022 Kentucky Derby, Smile Happy has two wins and two seconds in four career starts. He became the Kentucky Derby favorite in early 2022 after winning the Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs in November.
Despite losing to Zandon in Blue Grass, Smile Happy ran further than Zandon that day. On Saturday, Smile Happy moved into Zandon and this time has a chance to save ground. “Coach Ken McPeek called me and said that Smile Happy is giving him his best chance of winning the Kentucky Derby,” Hammer told SportsLine. “McPeek really likes this horse.” Goldberg uses Smile Happy prominently in his bets on the 2022 Kentucky Derby.
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Hammer’s first choice is a horse that “can save ground from its post position.” He’s also high on a big double-digit long shot that “has the speed to avoid a ton of trouble.” Goldberg is including these horses in his 2022 Kentucky Derby bets, and so should you. He shares his predictions for the top candidates for the 2022 Kentucky Derby here.
Who will win the 2022 Kentucky Derby? Which big double-digit longshot is a must-back? And how did Goldberg design his bets? Check out the latest 2022 Kentucky Derby odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Goldberg’s 2022 Kentucky Derby picks, all from the legendary pundit who has nailed Triple Crown races.
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