2022 Arkansas Derby morning odds, pick: A well-connected racing journalist and analyst offers the best bets for Saturday’s Kentucky Derby warm-up race
Secret Oath can make its case to face the boys in the 2022 Kentucky Derby when it leaves the starting grid for the 2022 Arkansas Derby on Saturday at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark. A 3-year-old filly trained by Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas, Secret Oath was installed as a 5-2 morning line favorite in the Arkansas Derby odds. Doppelganger, who was recently traded from trainer Bob Baffert to Tim Yakteen, is the 3-1 second pick in the Arkansas Derby’s nine-horse field. We the People, who is a perfect 2-for-2 in his career, is the third pick 7-2. Publication time for the $1.25 million Arkansas Derby is 7:35 p.m. ET.
With very little separation between the top three picks on Saturday, you MUST see what journalist and racing analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any picks in the Arkansas Derby.
Few people in racing are as connected as Yu. A host and on-air journalist who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders’ Cup, Yu has spent his life in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for coaches Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She is also married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.
She also has huge crippling chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, they beat Wuheida 11-1 away to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year, in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she beat Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the 12-1 winner..
And since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in six of 11 racesincluding the exact Breeders’ Cup Classic for $260.80.
Now Yu has handicapped the 2022 Arkansas Derby field, made his picks and built his bets.
A surprise: Yu is high on Cyberknife, even though he is an 8-1 long shot on the morning line behind four horses. “I’m a sucker for a green horse with talent, and I think this colt has that,” she says. Yu uses Cyberknife prominently in his bets.
Yu’s first choice is a horse that has a “dynamic ability to slow down and move forward”. She’s also high on a long shot which “showed some nice toe turn”. She’s including these horses in her 2022 Arkansas Derby bets, and so should you. You MUST see their picks before locking one of yours!
So who wins the 2022 Arkansas Derby? And what is the long shot a MUST-BACK?…Join SportsLine now for the best 2022 Arkansas Derby picks and bets, all from the well-connected racing journalist who nailed the Kentucky Derby last year!