Early betting on the Preakness is almost never as frantic as it is on the Run for the Roses. Horseplayers prefer to see how the track plays, the odds on their chosen horse, and whether they should bet exotics before placing money on their Preakness horse. See below for the latest odds on the Triple Crown’s second jewel. Then read about our Preakness Stakes Odds predictions.
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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
2022 Preakness Stakes Entry List
- Simplification 6-1
- Creative Minister 10-1
- Fenwick 50-1
- Secret Oath 9-2
- Early Voting 7-2
- Happy Jack 30-1
- Armagnac 12-1
- Epicenter 6-5
- Skippylongstocking 20-1
Epicenter will go off at even money or 4-5
Almost every expert horse racing analyst is putting the Steve Asmussen trainee on top, which his why Epicenter’s odds are likely to fall to 4-5 or, possibly, even 3-5.
However, unless you’re a true believer in Beyer Speed Figures, Epicenter hasn’t run faster than some of his Preakness competitors. At under even money, heck, at 2-1, the second place finisher in the Kentucky Derby is a play against.
Secret Oath will leapfrog Early Voting and go off second choice at odds of 3-1
People love a good story and Secret Oath is the best story in the race. She’s a filly, fillies have beaten the boys in the Preakness in the past, The Coach, D. Wayne Lukas trains, and at least based on Brisnet Speed Ratings, she’s faster than Epicenter.
Those factors should add up to Secret Oath going off second choice instead of Early Voting. At 3-1, she also may be a good bet. So don’t discount her chances.
Early Voting will drift to 5-1 odds
Most won’t believe Early Voting wires the field. After all, Armagnac won his last race on the lead. Tim Yakteen entered Armagnac to try and steal it, right?
At 5-1, Early Voting will be the best overlay on the board. Armagnac isn’t as fast early as the Chad Brown trainee. So don’t listen to the haters.
If you like the speed of the speed, Early Voting is your play. The equine should grab an easy lead, Pimlico’s sharp turns favor speed horses, and Armagnac failed big time the last time a solid speed horse challenged him.
Armagnac folds and Early Voting wins as a 5-1 shot. A Preakness finish like that is much more possible than many horseplayers believe.
Creative Minister will go off 6-1 and Simplification will go off 8-1
Antonio Sano trained Simplification is a good horse. But the Not This Time sired runner chased a ridiculously fast pace in the Derby and couldn’t get past Zandon and Epicenter.
Simplification may be one of those hard trying equines that won’t ever go beyond winning a grade three race. The pace in the Preakness should be much slower, which means he won’t have a shot to win.
Horseplayers know this. They will bet Creative Minister down to Simplification’s odds. The Kenny McPeek trained runner was brilliant winning an allowance in his last. He could be a true superstar horse based on that performance.
So horseplayers will go with the new shooter instead of backing a horse that already failed in the Kentucky Derby. Creative Minister should go off at around 6-1 while Simplification leaves the starting gate at 8-1 odds.
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