Kentucky Derby 2022: Morello Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on April 25, 2022

Steve Asmussen announced on Apr. 24 that Morello is dealing with a foot injury and will not participate in the 2022 Kentucky Derby.

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Morello Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 3-0-0 (4)

Owner: Blue Lion Thoroughbreds

Jockey: TBD

Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen

Color: Chestnut

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 50 (15th)

Running Style: Frontrunner

Last race: Finished 6th in Wood Memorial (G2)

Sire/Dam: Classic Empire/Stop the Wedding

Morello Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
4/9/22Wood Memorial (G2)1 1/8 miles646th
3/5/22Gotham (G3)1 mile961st
2/6/22Jimmy Winkfield7 furlongs841st
12/18/21New York Stallion Great White Way6 furlongs721st

The Word On Morello

A foot injury derailed Morello’s spot in the Kentucky Derby. He was shaping up to be a serious longshot.

Dave Bontempo betting analysis

Morello didn’t run well at the Wood Memorial (G2), where he finished a non-involved sixth. Given his success at shorter tracks, it would take a monumental improvement to be considered seriously at 1 1/4 miles. Is it possible the stumble out of the gates is to blame more than the distance?

I loved the progression coming into the Wood. Six-furlong win. Seven-furlong win. And a one-mile victory at the Gotham. Tracked from second, pulled aside early speed and did what he had to in the Gotham.

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Kentucky Derby Odds 2022

The most recent Kentucky Derby futures pool at Churchill Downs closed in early April. Any horse with an asterisk next to his odds was part of “all other horses” at 18-1 odds.

The latest odds will be announced at the post position draw in the days leading up to the first Saturday in May, and odds in parimutuel wagering fluctuate until the race begins. 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.

HorseFutures Pool Odds
Smile Happy9-1
White Abarrio12-1
Charge It16-1
Un Ojo18-1*
Tiz the Bomb22-1
Mo Donegal24-1
Crown Pride24-1
Barber Road28-1
Early Voting29-1
Ethereal Road40-1
Summer Is Tomorrow66-1
In Due Time95-1
Tawny Port99-1

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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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