2022 Preakness Stakes Pick and Odds

2022 Preakness Stakes Pick and Odds

The biggest draw for the Preakness Stakes is seeing whether the Kentucky Derby winner will follow up with another win. The Preakness Stakes is scheduled for Saturday evening at Pimlico Race Course. Post time for the Preakness is set for just after 7:00 p.m. EST.

If the Derby winner wins the Preakness Stakes, all that’s left to do is win the marathon at Belmont Park in the Belmont Stakes. There have been 13 Triple Crown winners, with Justify and American Pharoah the most recent horses to complete the feat.

Too bad there will be no chance for a 14th Triple Crown winner in 2022. Rich Strike is bailing on the Preakness Stakes and pointing straight to the Belmont Stakes. As of this moment, the intention is for Rich Strike to point directly to the Belmont Stakes.

Why Is Rich Strike Passing On The Preakness?
The answer is simple. Eric Reed and his connections don’t feel so confident in a shorter distance. Bypassing the Preakness allows Rich Strike to be fresh for the Belmont and prepared for the longer distance at the Belmont Stakes.

The Belmont Stakes is the longest Triple Crown race, while the Preakness is the shortest. It is a half-furlong shorter than the Kentucky Derby.

If you’re attending the Preakness, it’s all about the party. This is one reason why the Preakness Stakes could be better for you than the Kentucky Derby.

The 2022 Preakness Stakes is expected to run with nine horses on Saturday. There could be a late scratch on Preakness Day, which would bring it down to eight participants.

Head below for our best Preakness Stakes picks for May 21, 2022 at Pimlico Race Course. We are using the fixed odds available at Bovada.

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Race 13 – Preakness Stakes Odds

(1) Simplification
(2) Creative Minister
(3) Fenwick
(4) Secret Oath
(5) Early Voting
(6) Happy Jack
(7) Armagnac
(8) Epicenter
(9) Skippylongstocking
  • Post Time: 7:01 p.m. EST
  • Distance:1 3/16 Miles
  • Purse: $1,650,000

The Kentucky Derby was a thrilling race, but it didn’t go as well as expected for Epicenter and his team. Epicenter closed as the favorite when the gate opened on the 148 running of the Kentucky Derby.

He wasn’t anything close to a clear favorite, though still attracted the most money at the window. Going into the stretch, it looked as if Epicenter would kick free from Zandon and pull away for the win.

Rich Strike had other plans, as he and Sonny Leon found an opening to get to the rail and kick hard late to the wire for a ¾ length win. Epicenter still had a good trip at Churchill Downs. He did what he could in that one.

Epicenter was looking for a hat-trick in the Derby after a 2 ½ length win over Zozos in the $1,000,000 Louisana Derby (Gr. 2) on March 26. That was a strong bid after recording a 2 ¾ length win in the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes (Gr. 2) on February 19.

He’s finished 2nd, 1st, 1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st in his previous six races and 4 for 7 overall. Epicenter will close as the clear favorite in the Preakness. Secret Oath and Early Voting provide solid opposition in the Preakness. I’m leaning closer to Early Voting.

Chad Brown won the Preakness Stakes with Cloud Computing in 2017, and he’s looking for the same with Early Voting. The No. 5 has finished 2nd, 1st, 1st in three career starts.

He won his graded debut with a 4 ½ length win in the $250,000 Withers Stakes (Gr. 3) on February 5. Early Voting failed to complete the hat-trick to open his career in the $750,000 Wood Memorial Stakes (Gr. 2).

Early Voting had the lead out of the gate and until just getting edged out at the wire. Mo Donegal nipped Early Voting at the wire by a neck. Despite the loss, he recorded the fasted speed rating of his career at 102.

Early Voting should be open to further improvement in the fourth race of his career. The odds indicate that Epicenter is the most likely winner, but for the value, Early Voting is certainly worth a look on a win bet.

For a trifecta wager, I’m playing 5-8-4 and 5 on a win bet at +450.

Preakness Stakes Pick
Kyle E / Author

Kyle is a veteran of TheSportsGeek and has spent nearly a decade providing accurate sports picks and writeups here. He has been a sports handicapper for 10+ years and started sharing his picks and thoughts in 2011 at TheSportsGeek. His expertise spans across multiple sports, including the NFL, NCAAF, MLB, NHL, and horse racing. Prior to writing for TheSportsGeek, Kyle was a fantasy football expert, who ultimately parlayed it into a successful sports betting career. You can find his picks daily only at TheSportsGeek.

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