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
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
|Date||Race||Length||Beyer Speed Figure||Finish|
|5/7/22||Kentucky Derby||1 1/4 miles||100||2nd|
|3/26/22||Louisiana Derby (G2)||1 3/16 miles||102||1st|
|2/19/22||Risen Star||1 1/8 miles||98||1st|
|1/22/22||Lecomte||1 1/16 miles||88||2nd|
|12/26/21||Gun Runner||1 1/16 miles||87||1st|
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.
|Post||Horse||Latest odds (6:30 p.m. ET||Morning Line Odds||Trainer||Jockey||W-P-S (Races)|
|1||Mo Donegal||9-1||10-1||Todd Pletcher||Irad Ortiz Jr.||3-0-2 (5)|
|2||Happy Jack||20-1||30-1||Doug O'Neill||Rafael Bejarano||0-0-2 (3)|
|3||Epicenter||5-1||7-2||Steve Asmussen||Joel Rosario||4-1-0 (6)|
|4||Summer Is Tomorrow||33-1||30-1||Bhupat Seemar||Mickael Barzalona||2-3-0 (7)|
|5||Smile Happy||14-1||20-1||Kenny McPeek||Corey Lanerie||2-2-0 (4)|
|6||Messier (CAN)||6-1||8-1||Tim Yakteen*||John Velazquez||3-3-0 (6)|
|7||Crown Pride (JPN)||17-1||20-1||Koichi Shintani||Christophe Lemaire||3-0-0 (4)|
|8||Charge It||15-1||20-1||Todd Pletcher||Luis Saez||1-2-0 (3)|
|9||Tiz the Bomb||27-1||30-1||Kenny McPeek||Brian Hernandez Jr.||5-1-0 (8)|
|10||Zandon||6-1||3-1||Chad Brown||Flavien Prat||2-1-1 (4)|
|11||Pioneer of Medina||53-1||30-1||Todd Pletcher||Joe Bravo||2-1-2 (6)|
|12||Taiba||5-1||12-1||Tim Yakteen*||Mike Smith||2-0-0 (2)|
|13||Simplification||35-1||20-1||Antionio Sano||Jose Ortiz||3-1-2 (7)|
|14||Barber Road||54-1||30-1||John Ortiz||Rey Gutierrez||2-4-1 (8)|
|15||White Abarrio||14-1||10-1||Saffie Joseph Jr.||Tyler Gaffalione||4-0-1 (5)|
|16||Cyberknife||15-1||20-1||Brad Cox||Florent Geroux||3-2-0 (6)|
|17||Classic Causway||75-1||30-1||Brian Lynch||Julien Leparoux||3-1-1 (6)|
|18||Tawny Port||74-1||30-1||Brad Cox||Ricardo Santana Jr.||3-1-0 (5)|
|19||Zozos||43-1||20-1||Brad Cox||Manny Franco||2-1-0 (3)|
|21||Rich Strike||80-1||30-1||Eric Reed||Sonny Leon||1-0-3 (7)|
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