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2022 Kentucky Derby odds, horses, lineup: Expert who nailed last year's Derby Day winner releases top picks

SportsLine racing analyst Michelle Yu, who cashed on 12-1 long shot Medina Spirit in last year's Run for the Roses, offers her picks, wagers and analysis for the 2022 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs
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The country's best 3-year-olds will leave the starting gate in the 2022 Kentucky Derby on Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Taiba, coming off an impressive win in the Santa Anita Derby, is the co-favorite along with Epicenter at 5-1 in the latest 2022 Kentucky Derby odds. Other top 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders include Messier (7-1), Zandon (8-1), and Mo Donegal (8-1).

With a 20-horse 2022 Kentucky Derby field, you NEED to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Kentucky Derby picks of your own.

Few people in racing are as connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders' Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.

She also has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders' Cup, she nailed 11-1 long shot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year, in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1.

Since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in the Breeders' Cup Classic, Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, Sham Stakes, El Camino Real Derby, San Felipe Stakes and Santa Anita Handicap. On Friday, she nailed the winner of the Kentucky Oaks, Secret Oath. Anyone who has followed her is WAY UP. 

Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Kentucky Derby field, made her picks and constructed her bets.

One surprise: Yu is fading Messier, even though he is one of the top 2022 Kentucky Derby favorites and already has three wins in his career! Instead, Yu is high on Cyberknife, even though he is a 14-1 long shot. "Owner Al Gold told me trainer Brad Cox changed Cyberknife's bit for the last two races, and the switch has obviously helped... He looks like a complete pro," Yu told SportsLine.

Yu's top pick is an overlooked horse who has the "speed to press and has top connections." Yu is also high on an ENORMOUS long shot who is her "must-use-in-exotics" horse! She said this colt "has shown race after race that he belongs in the Kentucky Derby." She is including these horses in her 2022 Kentucky Derby bets, and so should you. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own!

So who wins the 2022 Kentucky Derby? And which MASSIVE long shot is a MUST-BACK?... Join SportsLine right now to get Michelle Yu's 2022 Kentucky Derby picks and bets, see which long shot contends and get the projected finishing positions for every horse, all from the insider who nailed last year's winner on Derby Day!

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