Steve Asmussen trained Epicenter, the Kentucky Derby second place finisher, will enter the Preakness starting gate no better than a 6-5 choice. Most horseplayers believe Epicenter leaves the gate at even money or possibly at 4-5. Although favorites do win the Preakness, the likely odds make Epicenter close to unplayable. See below for three horses that can upset the Preakness chalk so you can get ready to bet against the Preakness Stakes Odds.
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2022 Preakness Stakes
- When: Saturday, May 21, Race 13 at 7:01 pm ET
- Where: Pimlico Race Course
- TV/Streaming: NBC / Peacock
5-Early Voting 7-2
In 2017, trainer Chad Brown decided to skip the Kentucky Derby with his top 3-year-old prospect Cloud Computing and instead run in the Preakness. The move turned out to be the smart one because Cloud Computing won the Triple Crown’s second jewel.
This year, Brown is making the same move with Early Voting. The Gun Runner sired colt finished second in the Wood Memorial by a neck to Todd Pletcher trained Mo Donegal.
On Saturday, Early Voting could be lone speed. Armagnac has early foot, but the horse isn’t as quick out of the gate as Early Voting. So if the Brown runner grabs the lead, jockey Irad Ortiz Jr. aboard Armagnac may sit off, which means Early Voting could take the Preakness field gate to wire.
2-Creative Minister 10-1
Creative Minister’s owners are putting up $150,000 to get the horse into the Preakness. The Creative Cause sired runner could have picked up a paycheck in the Sir Barton, but trainer Kenny McPeek believes his horse is good enough to win the second jewel.
Based on Creative Minister’s last performance, a victory in an $80,000 optional claimer, McPeek is correct. A few times during the race, jockey Brian Hernandez signaled Creative Minister to relax.
The horse listened to every cue Hernandez provided. Hernandez will pilot on Saturday. If anyone believes Creative Minister doesn’t have a chance, again, check out the last race. The McPeek runner finished second in the maiden and has won the last couple of tries.
Don’t be surprised if Creative Minister runs by them all in the stretch and wins the Preakness Stakes.
Saffie Joseph Jr. is one of the best trainers in North America. He almost never saddles horses outside of Gulfstream Park, which is why many horseplayers aren’t familiar with Saffie.
In any case, Skippylongstocking finished third in his last race, the Wood Memorial. The horse was much closer to the strong pace Early Voting set in the Wood than Mo Donegal, which is why the best Skippy could do was hang on for third.
We should expect improvement. The works have been great and Saffie doesn’t bother unless he thinks he can win. Not only that, but Preakness winner Exaggerator sired and broodmare Twinkling calls War Chant her sire.
If Skippylongstocking has improved enough, he can win this. So take the 20-1 under the radar long shot seriously.
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