The 2022 Kentucky Derby contenders field has been announced, along with post position and initial morning line odds.
The legendary horse race will take place on Saturday, May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. Some of the best three-year-old Thoroughbreds will begin their journey to make history as the 14th winner of the Triple Crown, and Taiba has emerged as one of the early favorites.
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Taiba Kentucky Derby Odds and Post Position
Taiba currently has 12/1 odds to win the Kentucky Derby in 2022. That has him as the sixth favorite to win out of the entire field. Taiba drew the #12 post position for the Derby, which is a favorable position compared to running near the rail or the outside.
Taiba Horse Trainer and Jockey
Taiba is trained by Tim Yakteen, who is making his first Kentucky Derby appearance. However, Taiba was previously trained by Bob Baffert, who is serving a two-year ban from Churchill. Yakteen has assisted Baffert through the 90’s and 2000’s and Taiba was transferred upon Baffert’s suspension. Mike Smith previously rode as Taiba’s jockey and is expected to ride again in the Kentucky Derby.
Taiba Race History
Taiba has a career record of 2 starts with 2 wins. He comes into the Derby with 100 total Kentucky Derby points. His most notable finish was winning the Santa Anita Derby by 2 ¼ lengths over Messier, another Kentucky Derby favorite.
Taiba Prediction and Pick
Taiba could be a great value bet to win at 12-1 odds. Even non-racing fans should be familiar with Bob Baffert’s track record, and his influence may still be felt in the Derby with Taiba. He’s only had two career races, so he could be a wild card in this race. If you’re looking for a good value bet, 12-1 odds to win may be the best bet. Otherwise, play it safe with Taiba in your exactas and trifectas.