Kentucky Derby 2022: Zandon Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022

Zandon is currently one of the top horses in the 2022 Kentucky Derby standings. He locked in a Derby spot after winning the Blue Grass Stakes in mid April. We’ll profile everything you need to know about betting Zandon in the Run for the Roses on May 7 below.

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Zandon Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 2-1-1 (4)

Owner: Jeff Drown

Jockey: Flavien Prat

Trainer: Chad C. Brown

Color: Dark Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 114 (second)

Running Style: Closer

Last race: Won Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

Sire/Dam: Upstart/Memories Prevail

Zandon Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
5/7/22Kentucky Derby1/14 miles983rd
4/9/22Blue Grass Stakes (G1)1 1/8 miles981st
2/19/22Risen Star (G2)1 1/8 miles933rd
12/4/21Remsen (G2)1 1/8 miles902nd
10/9/21MSW6 furlongs801st

The Word On Zandon

April 29: Per Travis Stone on Twitter, “Zandon looks like a monster and is getting every ounce of buzz right now. And many sharpies…have been on this train for weeks.”

May 3: Trainer Chad Brown on his post position: “Perfect. We’re ready to go.”

Betting insight from Dave Bontempo

Zandon turned heads as he posted a 100 Beyer Speed Figure while taking down 2-1 favorite Smile Happy in the Blue Grass Stakes. He rallied at the end, capitalizing on his role as a closer. Also notable, Zandon upended Smile Happy, who had beaten him previously in the Risen Star Stakes.

Improvement is something to look for in these horses and Zandon improved from the Risen Star to Blue Grass. This type of evolution will almost certainly give him some momentum heading into the Kentucky Derby.

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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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