Two Hall of Fame trainers -- D. Wayne Lukas and Todd Pletcher -- can tie the record for most Kentucky Oaks wins by a trainer when the starting gate opens in the 2022 Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Both Lukas and Pletcher have won the Run for the Lilies four times, one shy of the record held by the great Woody Stephens. Pletcher, who formerly was an assistant for Lukas, saddles Nest, who is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the 2022 Kentucky Oaks odds. Lukas sends out Secret Oath, who is fourth in the odds at 6-1 in the 14-horse Kentucky Oaks 2022 field.
Post time for the $1.25 million Kentucky Oaks 2022 is 5:51 p.m. ET. With very little separating the top 2022 Kentucky Oaks contenders, you'll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any Kentucky Oaks picks.
A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir is a two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. He has produced multiple five-figure days at the track over the years, including a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar in 2014. Last year, he was on fire. He hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes.
This year, he has been red-hot, hitting the superfecta in the Blue Grass Stakes ($1,678), the trifecta in the Louisiana Derby and exactas in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby ($660). He also has hit the trifecta in the Pegasus World Cup and multiple Pick 4s, among other scores. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has handicapped the 2022 Kentucky Oaks lineup, made his picks and constructed his bets. You can only see them here.
Top 2022 Kentucky Oaks expert picks
One surprise: Weir isn't high on Echo Zulu even though she is undefeated in five career starts and the reigning 2-year-old champion. Trained by Steve Asmussen, Echo Zulu has made only one start this year, gutting out a nose victory in the Fair Grounds Oaks. That race earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88, the lowest of her career.
Echo Zulu has been on the lead in her last four starts, but Weir does not project her to get a friendly pace scenario on Friday. "She has pace players inside and outside of her in the starting gate, so an easy trip, like the one she got in last year's Breeders' Cup, is not in the cards," he says. Weir does not have many wagers with Echo Zulu on top.
However, Weir likes the chances of 15-1 long shot Goddess of Fire. Bred and owned by Red Oak Stable, Goddess of Fire has finished second in every start this year. But her speed figures have improved with every race, going from 76 in her first start of 2022 to 80 then to 94 in her last race, the Gulfstream Park Oaks.
In each of those starts, she rallied from off the pace, a style that could fit the race shape of Friday's Oaks. "This late runner for trainer Todd Pletcher has improved as a 3-year-old and can finish," Weir says. Weir is using Goddess of Fire prominently in his wagers.
How to make 2022 Kentucky Oaks picks
Weir's top pick is a filly who has improved with each race. He also is high on a double-digit long shot who has a stalking style that fits this race and connections that Weir trusts. Weir is including these horses in his 2022 Kentucky Oaks bets, and so should you. He's only sharing which horses to back and fade at SportsLine.
So who wins the Kentucky Oaks 2022? What double-digit long shot is a must-back? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the latest Kentucky Oaks odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir's picks for the Kentucky Oaks, and find out.
|1||Secret Oath||6-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|2||Nostalgic||15-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|3||Hidden Connection||20-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|4||Nest||5-2||SEE PICKS HERE|
|5||Goddess of Fire||15-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|6||Yuugiri||30-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|7||Echo Zulu||4-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|8||Venti Valentine||20-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|9||Desert Dawn||20-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|10||Kathleen O.||7-2||SEE PICKS HERE|
|11||Cocktail Moments||30-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|12||Candy Raid||30-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|13||Shahama||15-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|14||Turnerloose||20-1||SEE PICKS HERE|
|15*||Beguine||30-1||SEE PICKS HERE|