Kentucky Derby Odds: Zandon on the drift as Taiba sees early money

Bob Baffert has no horses in the Derby but two of his former three-year-olds are seeing a big market move
Bob Baffert has no horses in the Derby but two of his former three-year-olds are seeing a big market move

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The Kentucky Derby Pools are open and we’ve seen some big movers as the 3-1 Morning Line favorite Zandon has not been seeing early money and has drifted down to the joint fourth choice at 8-1.

Epicenter also has drifted to 5-1 but now carries the favorite moniker but not on his own. Santa Anita Derby winner Taiba for Tim Yakteen and piloted by veteran Mike Smith has come all the way in to 5-1 from 12s on the Morning Line. That is a big move and indicates that he's going to be very short come Post Time.

The other Yakteen horse (which of course was initially trained by Bob Baffert) has also seen money as Messier has moved into 7-1 from 8-1. Mo Donegal has the inside post and following Secret Oath’s win in the Oaks from that position has also seen a move in - from 10s to 8-1.

Here is an updated look at the live pool as of early Saturday morning. Odds will of course fluctuate throughout the day but clearly the bettors like the former Baffert boys and to be honest - I’m not surprised. As for Zandon’s collapse - could he now be super value at 8-1 if he sticks at such a price?

1. Mo Donegal - 8-1 

2. Happy Jack - 22-1 

3. Epicenter - 5-1 

4. Summer Is Tomorrow - 42-1 

5. Smile Happy - 14-1 

6. Messier - 7-1 

7. Crown Pride - 17-1 

8. Charge It - 13-1 

9. Tiz the Bomb - 24-1 

10. Zandon - 8-1 

11. Pioneer of Medina - 47-1 

12. Taiba - 5-1 

13. Simplification - 41-1 

14. Barber Road - 40-1 

15. White Abarrio - 11-1 

16. Cyberknife - 15-1 

17. Classic Causeway - 68-1 

18. Tawny Port - 67-1 

19. Zozos - 40-1 

21. Rich Strike - 99-1

*Note - #20 Ethereal Road was scratched on Sunday morning allowing #21 Rich Strike to be moved into the field of 20.

Our Kentucky Derby Race Card is below with Morning Line Prices attached to compare.

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Kentucky Derby 2022 Racecard

10
PP 10

Zandon

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Prat /
  • Trainer: C. Brown /
Morning Line Odds
3
PP 3

Epicenter

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Rosario /
  • Trainer: S. Asmussen /
Morning Line Odds
6
PP 6

Messier

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Velazquez /
  • Trainer: T. Yakteen /
Morning Line Odds
1
PP 1

Mo Donegal

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: I. Ortiz Jr. /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /
15
PP 15

White Abarrio

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: T. Gaffalione /
  • Trainer: S. Joseph Jr. /
12
PP 12

Taiba

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: M. Smith /
  • Trainer: T. Yakteen /
8
PP 8

Charge It

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: L. Saez /
  • Trainer: T. Pletcher /
13
PP 13

Simplification

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: J. Ortiz /
  • Trainer: A. Sano /
7
PP 7

Crown Pride

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: C. Lemaire /
  • Trainer: K. Shintani /
16
PP 16

Cyberknife

  • Age: 3 /
  • Jockey: F. Geroux /
  • Trainer: B. Cox /
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