Steve Asmussen announced on Apr. 24 that Morello is dealing with a foot injury and will not participate in the 2022 Kentucky Derby.
Morello Kentucky Derby Profile
Record: 3-0-0 (4)
Owner: Blue Lion Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
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
|Date||Race||Length||Beyer Speed Figure||Finish|
|4/9/22||Wood Memorial (G2)||1 1/8 miles||64||6th|
|3/5/22||Gotham (G3)||1 mile||96||1st|
|2/6/22||Jimmy Winkfield||7 furlongs||84||1st|
|12/18/21||New York Stallion Great White Way||6 furlongs||72||1st|
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.
|Horse||Futures Pool Odds|
|Tiz the Bomb||22-1|
|Summer Is Tomorrow||66-1|
|In Due Time||95-1|