Kentucky Derby 2022: Happy Jack Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022
Happy Jack

Happy Jack has one of the weaker resumes in the presumed 2022 Kentucky Derby field. However, he also has plenty of running experience against the rest of the field. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet Happy Jack in the upcoming Run for the Roses.

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Happy Jack Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 1-0-2 (4)

Owner: Calumet Farm

Jockey: Rafael Bejarano

Trainer: Doug F. O’Neill

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 30 (20th)

Running Style: Closer

Last race: Showed in the Santa Anita Derby (G3)

Sire/Dam: Oxbow/Tapitstry

Happy Jack Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FiguresFinish
5/7/22Kentucky Derby1 1/4 miles7514th
4/9/22Santa Anita Derby (G1)1 1/8 miles833rd
3/5/22San Felipe (G2)1 1/8 miles823rd
2/6/21Robert B. Lewis (G3)1 1/16 miles615th
1/22/22MSW6 furlongs751st

The Word On Happy Jack

May 1: “He’s just a positive, super successful jock,” trainer Doug O’Neill said about the rider he gave a leg up with great success for many years in Southern California. “It has amazed me he hasn’t already won a Kentucky Derby. I would love to be part of that much-deserved victory for him “Rafy [Rafael Bejarano] got to know (Happy Jack) a little bit. ‘Jack’ has a lot of ability and maybe the light bulb hasn’t gone completely on, so I’m hoping it does next Saturday.”

May 3: – Trainer Doug O’Neill: “[The post position] is good. We’re happy. I think that new gate makes it better for the horses inside. We remain optimistic.”

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Distant third to Forbidden Kingdom in the San Felipe. Tried to be a pace presence at 25-1, was outrun, but nonetheless rallied for a distant third and slice of the trifecta. Nothing suggested he could turn the tables in the Santa Anita Derby.

He broke a bit slow in the Santa Anita and was second-to-last on the back stretch after a 46.63 half mile. Closed to finish third, but was still 12 lengths back of Taiba and Messier.

Kentucky Derby Points Standings

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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