- Epicenter is the clear betting favorite to win the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
- At +100, the closest horses to the Kentucky Derby runner-up are Early Voting and Secret Oath at +550.
- Fenwick has the longest odds among the nine horses at +5000.
Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter opened as the 6/5 betting favorite to win Saturday’s Preakness Stakes at the Pilmico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
With the race just a couple of days away, the Steve Asmussen-trained Epicenter has improved to +100 at the BetOnline App on Thursday with his next closest rivals listed at +550.
Epicenter is a Clear Favorite
— New York Post (@nypost) May 20, 2022
With surprise Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike not in the field of nine for the $1.65 million race, Epicenter has become the clear favorite to win the Preakness. Rich Strike’s owners felt that the two-week turnaround between the Kentucky Derby and Saturday’s race would not give the colt enough time to rest.
This marks the second time in the last four years that the Kentucky Derby winner will not run in the Preakness. In 2019, neither disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security nor elevated winner Country house went to Pilmico.
Epicenter, Simplification, and Happy Jack are the only horses entered in the Preakness who also ran at Churchill Downs. Simplification finished 4th while Happy Jack placed 14th at the Kentucky Derby which Rich Strike won via a furious charge down the stretch. Simplification is currently listed at +1000 while Happy Jack is pegged at +3300.
Early Voting Getting Comparisons to Cloud Computing
— NBC Sports EDGE Betting (@NBCSportsBet) May 19, 2022
Early Voting has the second shortest odds to win the Preakness at +550 after skipping the Kentucky Derby with trainer Chad Brown focusing on Saturday’s race. The 2019-born colt has been getting comparisons to another Chad Brown horse in Cloud Computing, who won the Preakness Stakes in 2017.
Also listed at +550 is Secret Oath who won the Kentucky Oaths after Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas decided to enter the filly in the Preakness. If she wins on Saturday, Secret Oath will become only the 7th filly to emerge triumphant at Pilimico. Meanwhile, Creative Minister is next at +1200. The steel-gray colt’s owners paid a $150,000 supplemental entry fee to enable the colt to run in Saturday’s race. Creative Minister did not make his debut until March 5th or five weeks after the January 29 deadline to nominate 3-year olds for the Triple Crown.
Armagnac as a +2500 longshot is considered as one of the contenders whom some believe could spring a surprise. Inconsistent but talented, he has flashed big potential in the past. Skippylongstocking, who placed third in the Wood Memorial (G2) is also listed at +2500. Fenwick has the longest odds among the horses entered in the Preakness at +5000 because he finished last in his most recent start last April and has won just once in six lifetime starts. But then again, Rich Strike won only once before shocking the world at Churchill Downs.