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2022 Sunland Derby morning-line odds, picks: Well connected racing reporter and analyst offers bet strategy for Sunday's race

SportsLine racing analyst Michelle Yu, who has connections throughout the sport, offers her picks, wagers and horse-by-horse analysis for Sunday's Sunland Derby at Sunland Park
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A spot in the 2022 Kentucky Derby will be on the line Sunday when eight three-year-olds leave the starting gate in the 2022 Sunland Derby. Los Alamitos Futurity winner Slow Down Andy is 2-1 favorite in the 2022 Sunland Derby odds. Mine That Derby winner Straight Up G is the 5-2 second choice in the 2022 Sunland Derby lineup. Post time for the $500,000 race is 7:15 p.m. ET. 

With a balanced field entering the starting gate on Sunday, you NEED to see what racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any Sunland Derby picks.

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.

And since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in six of nine races, including the exacta in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

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

One surprise: Yu is completely fading Slow Down Andy, even though he's the top favorite at 2-1. "I'm not sure if the track, the ship, the distance or the post was the reason for Slow Down Andy's sixth place finish in the Risen Star," she told SportsLine. Yu will not use Slow Down Andy in any of her 2022 Sunland Derby bets.

Yu is especially high on three horses, including one who is a "major player." She is including these horses in her 2022 Sunland 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 Sunland Derby? And what horse is a MUST-BACK?... Join SportsLine right now to get the top 2022 Sunland Derby picks and bets, all from the well-connected racing reporter who nailed last year's Kentucky Derby!

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