The field is finalized for the 2022 Pennsylvania Derby and the morning line odds are set. The betParx Pennsylvania Derby on September 24 is not simply a Grade I, 1 1/8-mile race. It is not simply a $1 million showcase, impressive as that is all by itself. This is the day the nation’s top horses, trainers and jockeys assemble at Parx Casino and Racing in Bensalem, making it the center of the horse-racing industry. Parx is only the racetrack in the country to host two one-million dollar Grade 1 stakes races – the Cotillion and the betParx Pennsylvania Derby– on the same day.
Six Kentucky Derby graduates highlight the 11-horse field for Saturday’ $1 million betParx Pennsylvania Derby. It is their final appearance before the Breeders Cup Classic in Keeneland on Nov. 5.
How and where to bet on the horse racing in PA
You can bet on the Pennsylvania Derby and other horse racing action at:
- Online at TVG
- Parx and other off-track-betting locations.
2022 Pennsylvania Derby field and odds
|1||Zandon||5-1||Joel Rosario||Chad Brown|
|2||Icy Storm||40-1||Jeremy Laprida||Felix Flores-Coba|
|3||B Dawk||20-1||Frankie Pennington||Doug O'Neill|
|4||Skippylongstocking||10-1||Edwin Gonzalez||Saffie Joseph, Jr.|
|5||Cyberknife||3-1||Florent Geroux||Brad Cox|
|6||We the People||12-1||Flavien Prat||Rodolphe Brisset|
|7||Tawny Port||6-1||Irad Ortiz, Jr||Brad Cox|
|8||Taiba||5-2||Mike Smith||Bob Baffert|
|9||Simplification||10-1||Paco Lopez||Antonio Sano|
|10||Naval Aviator||20-1||Abner Adorno||Ernesto Padilla-Preciado|
|11||White Abbario||8-1||Luis Saez||Saffie Joseph, Jr.|
The Pennsylvania Derby
This event benefits from a stellar administrative decision made in 2010. That shifted the race to the last week in September, placing it perfectly between major summer events at Saratoga and the Breeders Cup in November.
This subsequently elevated the profile of the Pennsylvania Derby and made it an ideal tour stop for Breeders Cup-bound horses. The multi-million-dollar Breeders Cup weekend unfolds Nov. 4 and 5 at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky. The last September weekend is a perfect time for contenders to wage their final pre-Breeders Cup race.
Previewing the 2022 Pennsylvania Derby
Zandon needs a pace to run at. He will make a strong move, but may prefer the 1 1/4-mile Kentucky Derby distance than this 1 1/8-mile track.
Icy Storm needs a miracle, having not won at claiming company.
B. Dawk was second in the Sir Barton Stakes. Respectable, but this is a big leap.
Skippylongstocking could be the early speed, along with We The People. Was fifth in the Preakness, third in the Belmont and the winner of the West Virginia Derby. Shorter distance and improvement angle give him much to like at an attractive price.
Cyberknife has two excellent recent efforts, winning the Haskell Stakes at Monmouth Park in New Jersey and stubbornly holding second in the Travers at Saratoga. Short-price for a reason, a threat.
We The People set the early fractions with Skippylongstocking in the Belmont and West Virginia Derby but was beaten in both of those efforts. More of a threat to compromise the speed than outduel it, but will be respected.
Tawny Port ran a good hard-knocking third behind Zandon, who was second, in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga. Should be right there heading for home.
Taiba was bested in a thrilling Haskell stretch duel by Cyberknife. That’s why he’ll get play. Bob Baffert would become the first four-time Pennsylvania Derby winner if Taiba does the trick.
Simplification finished behind Skippylongstocking and We The People in the West Virginia Derby. Right there on his best, but needs something to get over the top.
Naval Aviator has not graduated allowance company. This is a stab.
White Abarrio has lost form, finishing 8th in the Haskell.
Pennsylvania Derby full race card
- Grade 1 betParx Pennsylvania Derby ($1,000,000) – 3 year-olds – 1 and 1/8 miles
- Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes ($1,000,000) – 3 year-old fillies – 1 and 1/16 miles
- Gallant Bob Stakes GII ($300,000 ) – 3 year-olds – 6 furlongs
- Turf Monster GII ($300,000) – 3 and up – 5 Furlongs
- Greenwood Cup ($200,000 ) – 3 and up – 1-1/2 miles
- Parx Dirt Mile ($200,000) – 3 and up – 1 Mile –
- Plum Pretty Stakes ($200,000 ) (PA breds) – F&M 3 and up – 1-1/16 miles
- Alphabet Soup Handicap ($200,000) (PA breds) – 3 and up – 1-1/16 miles
- Imply Stakes ($200,000) (PA breds/PA sired) – 2 year old fillies – 6 & 1/2 furlongs
- Prince Lucky Stakes ($200,000) (PA breds/PA sired) – 2 year-olds – 6 & 1/2 furlongs
How to watch the Pennsylvania Derby
Live television coverage in the Philadelphia area by WPHL-17 runs from 4 p.m until 6 p.m.
2022 Pennsylvania Derby results and payouts
Taiba gave Bob Baffert his fourth Pennsylvania Derby win, a track record for the PA Derby for a trainer.
- $1 exacta (8-1) paid $9.90
- $1 trifecta (8-1-5) paid $26.30
- .10 superfecta (8-1-5-9) paid $21.51
Final time: 1:48.3
Unplaced horses order of finish: Fulsome, Bourbonic, Speaker’s Choice, I Am Redeemed, Weyburn
$1 million Cotillion Stakes 2022 results
(G1), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles (Final time 1:42.4)
- $1 exacta (9-8) paid $219
- $1 trifecta (9-8-6) paid $878.20
- .10 superfecta (9-8-6-1) paid $251.31
Photo c/o Pennsylvania Horse Racing Association (PHRA).