Kentucky Derby 2022: Epicenter Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022
Epicenter

Epicenter will be among the favorites in the 2022 Kentucky Derby. Below, we’ll look at his past results, complete horse racing profile, and everything you need to know heading into May 7. We’ll update this post leading up to the Run for the Roses with betting analysis, odds, and the word around the backside on Epicenter.

Epicenter Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 4-1-0 (6)

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC

Jockey: Joel Rosario (won 2013 Kentucky Derby)

Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 164 (first)

Running Style: Frontrunner

Last race: Won Louisiana Derby (G2) by 2.5 lengths (March 26)

Sire/Dam: Not This Time/Silent Candy

Epicenter Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
5/7/22Kentucky Derby1 1/4 miles1002nd
3/26/22Louisiana Derby (G2)1 3/16 miles1021st
2/19/22Risen Star1 1/8 miles981st
1/22/22Lecomte1 1/16 miles882nd
12/26/21Gun Runner1 1/16 miles871st
11/13/21MSW1 mile801st
9/18/21MSW7 furlongs646th

The Word On Epicenter

May 1: “He’s a wonderful individual,” says Hall of Fame trainer Steven Asmussen in an April 10 media update. “He came in highly recommended and has always been impressive physically. He’s done well in his development and continues to improve as the races get longer.”

Epicenter completed his final major Derby prep Saturday, posting a 1:01 five-furlong time on a track described as “muddy.” Working with Alejandro, “Epicenter produced fractions of :12.60, :24.40, :36.20, :48.40 and galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.80,” according to Sunday’s presser.

May 3: Trainer Steve Asmussen: “It matches his favorite colors (referring to the Asmussen’s barn color and saddle towel color of blue). Like any race, you want to get away nicely from the gate and go from there. How long he stands in there, how long it takes to load, 150,000 people staring at him – it’s a lot. Joel is very confident in rhythm of the horse. So, if he is away cleanly Joel will let him be who he is.”

Betting insight from Dave Bontempo

It’s possible this is the Kentucky Derby favorite when the gate opens May 7. Epicenter has bloomed throughout the winter-spring season.

In the Lecomte, Call Me Midnight barely passed him at the wire, but Epicenter rallied and came on strong through the stretch to win the Risen Star Stakes at 7-2. He went wire-to-wire to beat 2-1 favorite Smile Happy.

In the Louisiana Derby, he was the 4-5 favorite. His jockey parked on the rail behind early pacesetters and moved into the middle of the track, driving to the finish line.

It was a seasoned run at 1 3/16 miles. Note that he looked strong at the end of this race. No Kentucky Derby horse has run 1/4 miles, but Epicenter will require the shortest stretch-out having already run 9 1/2 furlongs in Louisiana.

A Beyer Speed Figure of 102 in that Louisiana Derby win will definitely get bettors attention too.

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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