Kentucky Derby 2022: Barber Road Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022
Barber Road

Barber Road is one of the most experienced horses in the 2022 Kentucky Derby field. Having run eight races since August 2021, his team has capitalized on steady finishes rather than a marquee win or two. This article will lay out everything you need to know about Barber Road heading into the Run for the Roses on May 7.

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Barber Road Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 2-4-1 (8)

Owner: WSS Racing LLC

Jockey: Rey Gutierrez

Trainer: John A. Ortiz

Color: Gray

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 58 (12th)

Running Style: Closer

Last race: Placed in Arkansas Derby (G1)

Sire/Dam: Race Day/Encounter

Barber Road Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
5/7/22Kentucky Derby1 1/4 miles946th
4/2/22Arkansas Derby (G1)1 1/8 miles882nd
2/26/22Rebel Stakes (G2)1 1/16 miles833rd
1/29/22Southwest Stakes (G3)1 1/16 miles862nd
1/1/22Smarty Jones1 mile782nd
11/27/21Lively Shively6 1/2 furlongs842nd
11/10/21Str6 1/2 furlongs751st
10/14/21Mcl1 1/16 miles711st
8/3/21MSW5 furlongs394th

The Word On Barber Road

April 30: Barber Road ran a half-mile move in :48.80 Saturday and will return to the track Monday.

May 3: Trainer John Oritz: “I’m very happy with the post. I don’t feel like I have any pressure on me. Barber Road and (jockey) Reylu (Gutierrez) have to do all the running. I think being out towards the middle of the racetrack gives us a good chance to see how the race shapes up going into the first turn. From there, we just have to navigate through traffic and Barber Road and Reylu have to do their job.”

Betting insight from Dave Bontempo

Barber Road has given every indication that he prefers longer-distance races, an assuring trait for the Kentucky Derby. In the Rebel, he came up just short at 1 1/16 miles behind Un Ojo and Ethereal Road, but he put forth a good effort. Following up in the Arkansas Derby, he took second place, catching Secret Oath in the final strides at 1 1/8 miles.

His tendency to hang back until the final stretch makes him an effective closer and the lengthening distance is encouraging. However, the question remains if Barber Road can close at 1 1/4 miles? He could be one of those horses who’s overlooked come Derby day and hits the bottom of the superfecta at a nice price.

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Kentucky Derby Odds 2022

Any bets made on the TVG app will see odds shift based on how much is wagered on each horse until the starting gates open.

PostHorseLatest odds (6:30 p.m. ETMorning Line OddsTrainerJockeyW-P-S (Races)
1Mo Donegal9-110-1Todd PletcherIrad Ortiz Jr.3-0-2 (5)
2Happy Jack20-130-1Doug O'NeillRafael Bejarano0-0-2 (3)
3Epicenter5-17-2Steve AsmussenJoel Rosario4-1-0 (6)
4Summer Is Tomorrow33-130-1Bhupat SeemarMickael Barzalona2-3-0 (7)
5Smile Happy14-120-1Kenny McPeekCorey Lanerie2-2-0 (4)
6Messier (CAN)6-18-1Tim Yakteen*John Velazquez3-3-0 (6)
7Crown Pride (JPN)17-120-1Koichi ShintaniChristophe Lemaire3-0-0 (4)
8Charge It15-120-1Todd PletcherLuis Saez1-2-0 (3)
9Tiz the Bomb27-130-1Kenny McPeekBrian Hernandez Jr.5-1-0 (8)
10Zandon6-13-1Chad BrownFlavien Prat2-1-1 (4)
11Pioneer of Medina53-130-1Todd PletcherJoe Bravo2-1-2 (6)
12Taiba5-112-1Tim Yakteen*Mike Smith2-0-0 (2)
13Simplification35-120-1Antionio SanoJose Ortiz3-1-2 (7)
14Barber Road54-130-1John OrtizRey Gutierrez2-4-1 (8)
15White Abarrio14-110-1Saffie Joseph Jr.Tyler Gaffalione4-0-1 (5)
16Cyberknife15-120-1Brad CoxFlorent Geroux3-2-0 (6)
17Classic Causway75-130-1Brian LynchJulien Leparoux3-1-1 (6)
18Tawny Port74-130-1Brad CoxRicardo Santana Jr.3-1-0 (5)
19Zozos43-120-1Brad CoxManny Franco2-1-0 (3)
21Rich Strike80-130-1Eric ReedSonny Leon1-0-3 (7)

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Brett is an avid sports traveler and former Division-I football recruiter for Bowling Green and Texas State. He’s a graduate of BGSU and works as an auditor for Google content curation products. He’s also contributed to Sports Illustrated and Fansided during his young writing career.

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