Kentucky Derby 2022: Cash Purse, Latest Vegas Odds Payouts and More | Launderer’s report

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    The 2022 Kentucky Derby is upon us, and on Saturday fans will be treated to the best two minutes of sports.

    Naturally, the Derby is a major event in its own right, one of the sport’s biggest Tier 1 stakes races and a one-day celebration. It is also the first jewel of the Triple Crown, and the winning horse will earn a shot in history.

    We haven’t had a Triple Crown winner since Justify in 2018, and we’ve only had two (American Pharaoh) since the 1970s. The Triple Crown is the ultimate honor in American Thoroughbred racing and an award that trainers and breeders dream of achieving.

    But to win the Triple Crown, which also includes the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes, you must first win the Kentucky Derby. There are no singular overwhelming favorites in this year’s field of 20, so there should be plenty of drama leading up to and during the race.

    Here’s everything you need to know about the 148th running of the Kentucky Derby.

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    Or: Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky

    When: Saturday May 7

    Weather: 6:57 p.m. ET

    Television and live broadcast: NBC, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports app and Peacock

    Qualification: Three year old Thoroughbred

    Prize money: $3 million scholarship ($1.86 million payout to winner)

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    1. Mo Donegal 7-1

    2. Happy Jack 23-1

    3. Epicenter 9-2

    4. Summer is tomorrow 46-1

    5. Happy smile 14-1

    6. Messier 7-1

    7. Crown Pride 16-1

    8. Charge it 12-1

    9. Tiz the Bomb 25-1

    10. Zandon 8-1

    11. Pioneer of Medina 56-1

    12. Taiba 5-1

    13. Simplification 43-1

    14. Barber Road 40-1

    15. White Abarrio 10-1

    16. Cyberknife 16-1

    17. Classic Causeway 73-1

    19. Porto Tawny 69-1

    19. Zozos 39-1

    20. Rich Strike 99-1

    * Odds via official Kentucky Derby website and accurate as of Friday afternoon.

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    As mentioned earlier, there are no individual big favorites in this year’s race, but rather a group of favorites. Tabia has the best odds at 5-1, while Messier and Mo Donegal are close at 7-1. Zandon (8-1) and Epicenter (9-2) are also among Friday favorites.

    Tabia and Messier may stand out for some racing fans, as both were coached by Tom Yakteen. Yakteen took over from Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert, who is serving a two-year ban from Churchill Downs following Medina Spirit’s disqualification last year for the anti-inflammatory steroid betamethasone.

    “I think no matter how these horses run, they’ll be Bob’s,” fellow trainer D. Wayne Lukas said, according to John Cherwa of the Los Angeles Times. “Now the general public, many of them, won’t know the difference. [But] all the horse people will know they belong to Bob.”

    Lukas was supposed to have a horse in the Derby, but Ethereal Road was scratched on Friday morning. According to Jay Privman of the Daily Racing Forum, Lukas has not returned calls or commented on his withdrawal from Ethereal Road.

    Ethereal Road will be replaced in the lineup by Strike Rich, a horse trained by Eric Reed who last placed third in the Jeff Ruby Steaks Stakes at Turfway Park in early April. According to Churchill Downs PRRattle N Roll – another horse also eligible alongside Strike Rich – was also retired.

    While a changing field will impact the Derby, the weather could be an even bigger factor.

    “There is a traffic jam in the atmosphere later this week, and that will slow the progress of a storm system moving through the Ohio Valley around the time of the Kentucky Derby festivities,” said meteorologist Renee Duff. , according to Accuweather’s Mary Gilbert. .

    Botched conditions could spell trouble for some of the fastest horses, like Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post recently explained.

    “Historically, one-dimensional lead runners have not performed well in the mud of the Kentucky Derby. They have not touched the plateau – finishing first, second, or third – in any of the last four Kentucky Derbys contested on a track not fast, and don’t think you’re competitive here either,” Greenberg wrote.

    The mud could allow a long shot like Pioneer of Medina or Summer Is Tomorrow to stun on Saturday, and the weather will be worth watching before leaning too heavily on favorites.

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