Kentucky Derby 2022: Mo Donegal Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022
Mo Donegal

Mo Donegal stands near the top of 2022 Kentucky Derby standings. He has plenty of experience racing– and beating– other horses expected to be in the final Derby field. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know about Mo Donegal before the Run for the Roses on May 7.

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Mo Donegal Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 3-0-2 (5)

Owner: Donegal Racing

Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr.

Trainer: Todd Pletcher

Color: Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 112 (t-third)

Running Style: Closer

Last race: Won Wood Memorial (G2)

Sire/Dam: Uncle Mo/Callingmissbrown

Mo Donegal Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
5/7/22Kentucky Derby1 1/4 miles965th
4/9/22Wood Memorial (G2)1 1/8 miles961st
2/5/22Holy Bull (G3)1 1/16 miles903rd
12/4/21Remsen (G2)1 1/8 miles901st
10/29/21MSW1 1/16 mile821st
9/24/21MSW6 1/2 furlongs723rd

The Word On Mo Donegal

April 29: “He’s very happy,” Todd Pletcher’s right-hand lady Amelia Green said as she took her mount off the track and back to the barn. The trio of the Pletcher Derby colts were likely to be gallopers Monday morning. “We might have them go stand at the gate tomorrow or Tuesday depending on the track condition.” Mo Donegal ran a mile and a quarter Saturday.

May 3: Trainer Todd Pletcher: “I think the new gate (which brings the inside horses farther off the rail) should work to Mo Donegal’s advantage. He’s got some experience in there; he just won the Wood Memorial from the one hole. He’s used to having dirt in his face and I’d hope that Irad (Ortiz Jr.) could save some ground around that first turn and get us in a good spot. He’s one of the few horses in my barn that I think could handle a spot like that. ”

Betting insight from Dave Bontempo

Mo Donegal thrives from working the back of the pack and nipping victories just before the wire. He’s a strong closer, showcasing that ability most recently at the Wood Memorial. There, he came from well back in the pack and took the victory away from Early Voting, who we may also see run May 7.

He made a five-second improvement from December at the same track at 1 1/8 mile distance to win the Wood.

Bettors may pick up on both his improvement and uncanny ability to close gaps in the home stretch.

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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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