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Some of the 2022 Kentucky Derby Horse Names Pay Homage to the Owners

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May. 5 2022, Updated 2:31 p.m. ET

The 2022 Kentucky Derby is back, and boy are people excited!

This year, masks are no longer required to attend, meaning the event's tradition of fabulous hats, beautiful horses, and insane bets is back on. Many place their bets based on statistics or horse bloodlines, but for the majority of novices, it's all about how creative the horses' names are.

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This year's list of names boasts bravado and eccentricity. So without further ado, here are horses in the Kentucky Derby in 2022.

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Here are the horse names in the Kentucky Derby 2022.

Many of the names for this year's batch of contenders have homages to the horse's sire or dam, marking an important bloodline or adding prestige to an already impressive moniker. Some, however, are cute nods to the owners' hometowns.

The official rules regarding Kentucky Derby naming are as follows:

  • Names can be up to 18 characters, including spaces and punctuation.
  • No names of actual persons unless written permission to use their name is on file with the Jockey Club.
  • No names that are suggestive or have a vulgar or obscene meaning; names considered in poor taste; or names that may be offensive to religious, political, or ethnic groups.
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Now, here are the 2022 Kentucky Derby competitors:

  • Cyberknife
  • Classic Causeway
  • Tiz the Bomb
  • Summer Is Tomorrow
  • Pioneer of Medina
  • Smile Happy
  • Happy Jack
  • Tawny Port
  • Barber Road
  • Charge It
  • Mo Donegal
  • Epicenter
  • Messier
  • Crown Pride
  • Zandon
  • Taiba
  • Simplification
  • White Abarrio
  • Zozos
  • Ethereal Road
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Here's how to bet on the Kentucky Derby.

If you want to bet on horses online, the laws of online betting vary from state to state. If you're in a state that's got a casino that facilitates sports betting, you could always bet that way.

There are also legitimate sites that will handle your money as well. The official betting site of the Kentucky Derby and backed by the race itself is TwinSpires. To learn more about it, you can check it out here.

Here's how to watch the Kentucky Derby 2022.

On Saturday, May 7 at 6:57 p.m. EST, the Kentucky Derby will air live on NBC. Full coverage of the event is blocked off for five hours worth of air time, however, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

You can stream the event online as well by going to NBC Sports Live.

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