Kentucky Derby 2022: Messier Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022
Messier

Messier is a decorated three-year-old with plenty of experience battling 2022 Kentucky Derby field horses. He could be one of the favorites come May 7 given his prowess in higher-stakes races and having already flashed a 103 Beyer Speed Figure. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know to bet Messier in the upcoming Kentucky Derby.

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Messier Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 3-3-0 (6)

Owner: Starlight Racing – SF Racing LLC

Jockey: John Velazquez (Hall of Fame jockey)

Trainer: Tim Yakteen

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 40 (16th)

Running Style: Frontrunner

Last race: Placed in the Santa Anita Derby (G1)

Sire/Dam: Empire Maker/Checkered Past

Messier Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
4/9/22Santa Antia Derby (G1)1 1/8 miles992nd
2/6/22Robert B. Lewis (G3)1 1/16 miles1031st
12/11/21Los Alamitos Futurity (G2)1 1/16 miles832nd
11/14/21Bob Hope (G3)7 furlongs861st
10/22/21MSW6 furlongs821st
6/27/21MSW5 furlongs602nd

The Word On Messier

May 1: Messier was en route to Louisville (by way of flying through Indianapolis) on Sunday afternoon, where conditioner Tim Yakteen met them at Barn 37 on the Churchill Downs backside. Hall-of-Fame jockey John Velazquez will ride on Saturday.

May 3: Trainer Tim Yakteen: “They made us wait. (Messier and Taiba were among the last three horses chosen.) But in the end we drew well.”

Dave Bontempo betting analysis

He did enough not to waste his 103 Beyer he’d gained on the prep circuit by doing just enough in the Santa Antia Derby. Messier blew past Forbidden Kingdom (who was positioned to run in the Kentucky Derby but withdrew), but had no answer for potential Derby favorite Taiba, who ran him down in the final six furlongs.

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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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