Our 2022 Kentucky Oaks & Kentucky Derby Picks for the Oaks-Derby Double (May 6-7)
Rob Carr/Getty Images. Pictured: Champion filly Malathaat, with jockey John Velazquez aboard, wins the 2021 Kentucky Oaks.
Looking for a little betting action on Kentucky Derby weekend that gets you alive to the biggest races during the two-day extravaganza?
Well, look no further than the popular Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby Double. And yes, it’s basically what it sounds like. You pick horses from Friday’s Oaks — one of the top events for 3-year-old fillies in North America — and Saturday’s 148th running of the Derby and put them together on a ticket.
Simply put, if one of your horses from each race winds up victorious, you’re a winner and hopefully headed to the betting window to cash a profitable ticket.
Action Network handicapper Jeremy Pond and TVG analyst Andie Biancone connected on several Daily Double winners on the long road to Derby weekend, with some tickets featuring large payouts. Well, the duo is back again with some more live picks and hope to deliver more winning tickets.
Post time for the Oaks is slated for Friday at 5:51 p.m. ET, with TV coverage running for 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET on USA Network. You can also watch the race via the streaming route at NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
As for Saturday’s Derby, post time is set for 6:57 p.m. ET, with coverage running from 2:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Earlier races from Churchill Downs will air on USA Network from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET as well.
The duo will provide more detailed insights and thoughts leading up to the race, so stay tuned for more information from our analysts.
That said, let’s take a look at their picks for the Oaks-Derby Double.
Our Oaks-Derby Daily Double Contenders
Kentucky Oaks | Kentucky Derby
4-10-13 | 1-3-8-10-12
Kentucky Oaks | Kentucky Derby
1-4-7-10 | 5-10-12-16
Kentucky Derby — No. 1 Mo Donegal (10-1) seems to get better with distance. He has all the experience and remained on a consistent trend of improvement.
No. 3 Epicenter (7-2) has impressed me all along the Derby trail. I have always seen him as a standout physically when compared to the others.
If No. 8 Charge It (20-1) managed to develop off his Florida Derby effort to this race, he will be a serious contender. Since his debut, he was my favorite of the potential derby horses from the trainer Todd Pletcher’s brigade.
No. 10 Zandon (3-1) really impressed me since the day he won the Blue Grass Stakes. The race hardly took anything out of him and the jockey Flavien Prat could barely pull him up in the gallop out.
No. 12 Taiba (12-1) will be a big step up for the Santa Anita Derby winner, but he has been so solid in his past performances, so you simply have to include him in the mix.
Kentucky Oaks — No. 1 Secret Oath (6-1) was just a few yards away from booking her spot in the Derby field via her Arkansas Derby effort, but finished third behind winner Cyberknife and Barber Road. Legitimate contender.
No. 4 Nest (4-1) is the deserving favorite and a must use in all exotic wagers. Love the Todd Pletcher-Irad Ortiz Jr. combination, who bring this standout into the Oaks fresh off a win in the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland Race Course.
You also have to like No. 7 Echo Zulu (4-1), who goes out for trainer Steve Asmussen. The daughter of Gun Runner is a perfect 5 for 5 in her young career, plus she gets jockey Joel Rosario in the irons.
We wrap our quartet up with No. 10 Kathleen O. (7-2), who’s also perfect (4 for 4) lifetime. Trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Javier Castellano make up the connections for the daughter of Upstart.
Kentucky Derby — No. 5 Smile Happy (20-1), the talented son of Runhappy, who is part of my Derby Futures plays, could be sitting on a massive race at solid odds after finishing second to Zandon in the Blue Grass Stakes.
If the Derby was run at this very moment, No. 10 Zandon (3-1) would be my top pick after his beautiful run going away in the Blue Grass. He’s training like he’s clearly the one to beat.
No. 12 Taiba (12-1), the Santa Anita Derby winner, ran off late in the six-horse field, which included fellow entrant Messier. This lightly raced could be extremely dangerous. Beware…
Finally, No. 16 Cyberknife (20-1) looked good taking down the Arkansas Derby last time out. Trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux, who teamed up to win last year’s Derby with Mandaloun via the disqualification of the late Medina Spirit, are back with this contender and could be a live overlay.
2022 Kentucky Oaks Odds
|5||Goddess of Fire||15-1|
2022 Kentucky Derby Odds
|4||Summer Is Tomorrow||30-1|
|9||Tiz The Bomb||30-1|
|11||Pioneer Of Medina||30-1|
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