2022 Triple Crown Betting Predictions Kentucky Derby Odds Favorites and Picks

2022 Triple Crown Betting Predictions: Kentucky Derby Odds Favorites and Picks

One of the rarest occurrences in all of sports is for a three-year-old horse to win the Triple Crown. A Triple Crown has happened just 13 times in thoroughbred racing history. The last couple of TC winners were both trained by Bob Baffert. Because Baffert can’t run horses on the First Saturday in May, the chances of a TC winner in 2022 have taken a hit. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen. If it does, the following four horses have the best chances of becoming Triple Crown winners. Let’s take a closer look at them so you can bet against their Triple Crown Odds.

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  • When: May 7 – June 11

Top 4 Horses With Triple Crown Potential

** Odds listed to win Kentucky Derby 

After stunning stablemate Messier and beating Forbidden Kingdom to take the Santa Anita Derby, Taiba is 2-for-2. It’s difficult for an experienced horse to win the Kentucky Derby, the Triple Crown’s first leg. 

It’s very difficult for a horse to win the Derby without experience. But, once in a while, a brilliant horse, a once in a generation talent, succeeds in the Derby.

Taiba could be that horse. If Taiba wins the Kentucky Derby, the Gun Runner sired horse out of a Flatter mare will have a big shot to win the Triple Crown. Taiba’s turn of foot is breathtaking. So we shouldn’t look past the Tim Yakteen runner.   

Steve Asmussen saddles his best Derby prospect since Gun Runner. Epicenter, the Louisiana Derby winner, might be the best Derby prospect Asmussen has ever had.

Giant’s Causeway on the top and Candy Ride on the bottom means Epicenter has the speed to win the Kentucky Derby and Preakness and the lungs to take the Belmont.

Should Epicenter win the Kentucky Derby, he’d be difficult to keep from winning the TC. We shouldn’t forget that Epicenter, because he prepped in the Louisiana Derby, will have had an extra week of rest to prepare for the Triple Crown.  

Chad Brown’s Bluegrass Stakes winning runner should have no trouble with the Belmont distance. Upstart, Zandon’s sire, calls Touch Gold, a Belmont winner, a grandsire on his broodmare’s side.

Flatter, A.P. Indy, and Giant’s Causeway are all in Zandon’s line. The horse easily handled his foes in the Bluegrass, coasting home to victory, which tells us he can run much further than 1 1/8 miles.

Brown has this guy right where he wants him. Zandon is another that can take the TC. 

Yakteen trains Taiba and Messier. Both have the breeding and talent to win the Triple Crown.

Messier has an experience advantage over Taiba. However, after overtaking Forbidden Kingdom in the Santa Anita Derby, Messier seemed to run one-paced, which is how Taiba overtook the son of Empire Maker.

However, Messier has the look of a serious TC contender. The key will be a Kentucky Derby victory. If Messier can take the Run for the Roses, the horse has the speed to wire the Preakness. Empire Maker won the Belmont. So we know Messier won’t have an issue at Big Sandy.

The problem? Messier may not have enough points for a Derby start, which is why he’s fourth on our TC list and not first.   


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