Kentucky Derby 2022: Smile Happy Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022
Smile Happy

An experienced racehorse, Smile Happy rounds out the top 10 in the current 2022 Kentucky Derby standings. He’s in the final field for May 7 and past races against some of the top horses could give him a leg up on competition. Below, we’ll lay out everything you need to know about Smile Happy in the upcoming Derby.

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Smile Happy Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 2-2-0 (4)

Owner: Lucky Seven Stable

Jockey: Corey Lanerie

Trainer: Kenneth G. McPeek

Color: Dark Bay

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 70 (10th)

Running Style: Stalker

Last race: Placed in Blue Grass Stakes (G1)

Sire/Dam: Run Happy/Pleasant Smile

Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
4/9/22Blue Grass Stakes (G1)1 1/8 miles942nd
2/19/22Risen Star (G2)1 1/8 miles942nd
11/27/21Kentucky Jockey Club (G2)1 1/16 miles901st
10/29/21MSW1 1/16 mile821st

The Word On Smile Happy

April 30: Smile Happy ran with Tiz the Bomb on Saturday, where both posted a 48-second half-mile. “Everyone came out of their workouts in good shape,” said Greg Geier, assistant to trainer Kenny McPeek.

May 3: Trainer Kenny McPeek: “I’m real pleased with both Smile Happy in the five and Tiz the Bomb in the nine. I wanted to be inside Zandon, and that happened. They’ll be fine, in both their spots. In 2013, I had two starters, when I ran Frac Daddy (finished 16th) and Java’s War (finished 13th).”

Betting insight from Dave Bontempo

A pair of bridesmaid efforts for Smile Happy should propel him to Louisville. He placed in both the Blue Grass Stakes (G1) and Risen Star Stakes (G2) but nearly had the victory in the former. He took the lead at the top of the stretch, but Zandon ran him down at the end.

In retrospect, both these races were good prep work for him, as expected contenders Epicenter and Zandon have been the only horses to upend Smile Happy.

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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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