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History and Past Results for Jockeys and Trainers in 2022 Kentucky Derby – John Velazquez, Mike Smith, Todd Pletcher & More

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by Dave F. in Horse Racing

May 2, 2022 · 3:53 PM PDT

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Trainer Todd Pletcher watches his Kentucky Derby prospects train at Churchill Downs. Pletcher has entered Mo Donegal, Charge It and Pioneer of Medina in the race. April 27, 2022 Af5i6926
  • The best jockeys and trainers in the USA come to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby
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  • Can historical jockey and trainer data help us choose the Derby winner?

For a long while, it seemed as though trainer Bob Baffert had won his record seventh Kentucky Derby last year. When John Velazquez guided Medina Spirit to the winner’s circle, it appeared as though he had ridden his fourth Derby winner. However, after months of litigation, Medina Spirit was disqualified, Baffert was banned from Churchill Downs, and Mandoloun was declared the winner.

Mandoloun gave the reigning Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox his first Derby victory. It was the first Triple Crown victory for jockey Florent Geroux.

Once you study this information, consider getting a Kentucky Derby betting app. The key to good handicapping is having a lot of information handy and using it strategically. You should also review the people behind the scenes and on the horses when considering your Kentucky Derby best bets.

Below you’ll find charts full of key information for each of the Kentucky Derby jockeys and Kentucky Derby trainers who are participating after Monday’s post position draw.

2022 Kentucky Derby Jockeys

Jockey Kentucky Derby Assignment Number of Kentucky Derby Mounts Top Kentucky Derby Finish Biggest Career Accomplishment
Joel Rosario Epicenter 10 1st Won 2013 Kentucky Derby on Orb. Six Top 5 finishes in Run for the Roses. Reigning Eclipse Award winner
Mike Smith Taiba 27 1st 56-year-old Hall of Famer has won the Derby twice (2005 – Giacomo, 2018 – Justify)
Flavien Prat Zandon 4 1st Awarded 2019 Kentucky Derby win on Country House after Maximum Security was disqualified
Irad Ortiz Mo Donegal 5 4th Won Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey in the US three of last four years
John Velazquez Messier 23 1st 50-year-old Hall of Famer has won the Kentucky Derby three times (2011 – Animal Kingdom, 2017 – Always Dreaming, 2020 – Authentic)
Tyler Gaffalione White Abarrio 4 7th 27-year-old won the 2019 Preakness Stakes on War of Will
Corey Lanerie Smile Happy 5 2nd Leading rider at Churchill Downs 10 times
Luis Saez Charge It 7 3rd Finished first in 2019 Kentucky Derby but Maximum Security was disqualified
Florent Geroux Cyberknife 5 1st Rode Mandaloun to a runner-up performance last year and was awarded victory when Medina Spirit was DQ’ed
Jose Ortiz Simplification 6 2nd 28-year-old has won an Eclipse Award, led the country in earnings and wins, and captured the Belmont Stakes plus three Breeders Cup events
Luis Contreras Ethereal Road 2 6th 36-year-old native of Mexico was the top rider in Canada a decade ago. Has hit the board at the Preakness Stakes and twice at the Breeders Cup
Brian Hernandez Tiz The Bomb 2 8th Won 2012 Breeders Cup Classic on Fort Larned
Ricardo Santana Tawny Port 7 5th Two-time Breeders Cup winner, was the leading rider at Oaklawn Park six times
Manny Franco Zozos 4 2nd Placed second on Tiz The Law in 2020 Derby and went on to win the Belmont Stakes
Joe Bravo Pioneer Of Medina 3 3rd Jersey Joe is now 50 years old and recently moved from Monmouth Park to Southern California. Won 2019 Breeders Cup Distaff on Blue Prize
Christophe Lemaire Crown Pride 0 n/a French rider based in Japan has won two Breeders Cup races
Julien Leparoux Classic Causeway 13 4th 2009 Eclipse Award winner has won seven Breeders Cup races
Reylu Gutierrez Barber Road 0 n/a 26 year old has won two career graded stakes races
Rafael Bejarano Happy Jack 11 4th 49-year-old led the country in wins in 2004 and has captured four Breeders Cup races
Mickael Barzalona Summer Is Tomorrow 0 n/a French rider based across the pond has won the Dubai World Cup, Epsom Derby, and Breeders Cup Turf

A big piece of online Kentucky Derby betting is getting a feel for the pace and style of how the race will be run. Jockeys play a large role in that.

When should you make your move and how should you go about doing so? Veteran riders with experience in Louisville have an advantage and can impact the Kentucky Derby odds.

2022 Kentucky Derby Trainers

Trainer Kentucky Derby Assignment Number of Kentucky Derby Runners Top Kentucky Derby Finish Biggest Career Accomplishment
Steve Asmussen Epicenter 23 2nd 56-year-old Hall of Famer has won more races than any other trainer in history. Has six Breeders Cup victories, two Preakness Stakes wins, and one Belmont title
Tim Yakteen Taiba 0 n/a Former Bob Baffert assistant who has won 10 graded stakes races. Took over conditioning Baffert’s top three year old’s after it was clear the six-time Derby winner would not be allowed on the grounds.
Chad Brown Zandon 6 2nd Four-time Eclipse Award winner has captured 15 Breeders Cup races and the 2017 Preakness Stakes with Cloud Computing
Todd Pletcher Mo Donegal 59 1st Seven-time Eclipse Award winner won the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver in 2010, and Always Dreaming in 2017
Tim Yakteen Messier 23 1st Former Bob Baffert assistant who has won 10 graded stakes races. Took over conditioning Baffert’s top three year old’s after it was clear the six-time Derby winner would not be allowed on the grounds.
Saffie Joseph White Abarrio 1 8th 35-year-old native of Barbados has won more than 20% of his races each of the last six years primarily in Florida
Ken McPeek Smile Happy 6 2nd Won the 2020 Preakness Stakes with Swiss Skydiver, and the 2002 Belmont Stakes with Sarava
Todd Pletcher Charge It 7 3rd Seven-time Eclipse Award winner won the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver in 2010, and Always Dreaming in 2017
Brad Cox Cyberknife 2 1st In first Kentucky Derby last year had the winner via disqualification Mandaloun, and Belmont victor Essential Quality
Antonio Sano Simplification 1 7th 59-year-old Venezuelan native has won seven career graded stakes races
D. Wayne Lukas Ethereal Road 49 1st 86-year-old has won 14 Triple Crown races and four Derbys but none since 2013
Ken McPeek Tiz The Bomb 6 2nd Won the 2020 Preakness Stakes with Swiss Skydiver, and the 2002 Belmont Stakes with Sarava
Brad Cox Tawny Port 2 1st In first Kentucky Derby last year had the winner via disqualification Mandaloun, and Belmont victor Essential Quality
Brad Cox Zozos 2 1st In first Kentucky Derby last year had the winner via disqualification Mandaloun, and Belmont victor Essential Quality
Todd Pletcher Pioneer Of Medina 7 3rd Seven-time Eclipse Award winner won the Kentucky Derby with Super Saver in 2010, and Always Dreaming in 2017
Koichi Shintani Crown Pride 0 n/a Japanese based conditioner won his first international race with Crown Pride in Dubai
Brian Lynchx Classic Causeway 0 n/a Former rodeo rider, Australian trained Oscar Performance to the 2016 Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf title
John Ortiz Barber Road 0 n/a 36-year-old Columbian has won three career graded stakes races
Doug O’Neill Happy Jack 7 1st Won 2012 Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another and 2016 Run for the Roses with Nyquist
Bhupat Seemar Summer Is Tomorrow 0 n/a Longtime assistant trainer for strong Dubai based barn of Satish Seemar

The 1,000-pound gorilla is Baffert. We know that Pletcher, Cox, Brown, and Asmussen are elite, but Baffert has dominated Triple Crown races. Yakteen is a wildcard.

Imagine if Jon Scheyer replaced Coach K, not at the start of next season, but before this year’s NCAA Tournament began.


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