Kentucky Derby 2022: Taiba Horse Racing Profile

Written By Brett Gibbons on May 4, 2022

Taiba is eligible to run in the 2022 Kentucky Derby because he has been transferred trainers. Previously under Bob Baffert, Taiba is now with Tim Yakteen. He’s run just two races, but earned 100 points after winning the Santa Anita Derby in April and stands eighth in the Derby standings. Below, we’ll look at everything you need to know from one of the favorites in the upcoming Run for the Roses.

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Taiba Kentucky Derby Profile

Record: 2-0-0 (2)

Owner: Zedan Racing Stables

Jockey: Mike Smith (Hall of Fame jockey)

Trainer: Tim Yakteen (formerly Bob Baffert)

Color: Chestnut

Kentucky Derby points (standing): 100 (eighth)

Running Style: Frontrunner

Last race: Won Santa Anita Derby (G1)

Sire/Dam: Gun Runner/Needmore Flattery

Taiba Past Performances

DateRaceLengthBeyer Speed FigureFinish
4/9/22Santa Anita Derby (G1)1 1/8 miles1021st
3/5/22MSW6 furlongs1031st

The Word On Taiba

May 1: Taiba was en route to Churchill Downs on Sunday by way of air through Indianapolis and van to Louisville. Hall-of-Fame rider Mike Smith will jockey Taiba for the Derby 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.”

Betting insight from Dave Bontempo

In his professional debut, Taiba posted a blistering 103 Beyer Speed Figure, tied with Messier for the top mark so far. He won that race by six lengths, an impressive start to this potential wonder-horse’s career.

In his next start, Taiba ran down Messier in the 1 1/8 mile Santa Anita Derby to post a 102 BSF. He has by far the best two-race start of any horse in this field. He’ll be taken seriously and Taiba is expected to be among the favorites.

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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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