Horses from Russia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Japan will try to qualify for the Kentucky Derby when they leave the starting gate in the 2022 UAE Derby on Saturday at Meydan Racecourse. The UAE Derby 2022 features a 16-horse field from those countries as well as the United States, Great Britain, Ireland, Argentina, Hong Kong and Brazil. The UAE Derby 2022 awards qualifying points on a 100-40-20-10 basis, meaning the winner and most likely the runner-up will earn a spot in the Run for the Roses on May 7. The Bob Baffert-trained Pinehurst is the 3-1 favorite in the 2022 UAE Derby odds, but he is ineligible to win points because of Baffert's banishment by Churchill Downs.

Post time for the $1 million UAE Derby 2022 is 10:10 a.m. ET. With a large international field entering the starting gate on Saturday, you'll want to see what horse racing guru Jody Demling has to say before making any 2022 UAE Derby picks.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling enters the UAE Derby after hitting the exacta in the Gotham Stakes earlier this month. Last year, he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Belmont Stakes. Two years ago, he had a hot five-race stretch in which he correctly selected the winner of the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby and Florida Derby.

Now, he has handicapped the 2022 UAE Derby field, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.

Top UAE Derby 2022 predictions

One surprise: Demling is fading Pinehurst, even though he is the favorite at 3-1. A $385,000 purchase two years ago, Pinehurst already has won more than $1.2 million in his career. A large chunk of that came from winning the Saudi Derby in his last start.

But in that race, which was run at one mile, Pinehurst was tiring badly at end and barely held off the late-running Sekifu. On Saturday, Pinehurst will have to run an additional 3/16 of a mile. "I'm banking that the distance will be a major obstacle," he told SportsLine. Demling has four 2022 UAE Derby horses ranked ahead of Pinehurst.

How to make 2022 UAE Derby picks, bets

Instead, Demling's top pick is a horse who "looks like one of the best three-year-olds on the planet." Demling also is high on a double-digit long shot who is "light on experience but looks like he has a ton of talent." Demling is including these horses in his 2022 UAE Derby bets, and so should you. He's only sharing which horses to back at SportsLine.

So who wins the UAE Derby 2022? And which double-digit long shot is a must-back? Check out the latest UAE Derby odds 2022 below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling's picks for the UAE Derby, all from the expert who nailed last year's Belmont Stakes, and find out. 

2022 UAE Derby odds, contenders, horses, lineup

Prg #HorseOddsProjection
1Irwin20-1SEE PICKS
2Kiefer20-1SEE PICKS
3Quality Boone15-1SEE PICKS
4Azure Coast6-1SEE PICKS
5Bendoog15-1SEE PICKS
6Combustion5-1SEE PICKS
7Crown Pride20-1SEE PICKS
8Get Back Goldie30-1SEE PICKS
9Gilded Age10-1SEE PICKS
10Island Falcon20-1SEE PICKS
11Pinehurst3-1SEE PICKS
12Reiwa Homare15-1SEE PICKS
13Sekifu4-1SEE PICKS
14Summer Is Tomorrow50-1SEE PICKS
15Withering15-1SEE PICKS
16Arabian Gazelles50-1SEE PICKS