Preakness Picks 2022: Predictions and Odds for All Horses in the Lineup

Kristopher Knox@@kris_knoxFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2022

Preakness Picks 2022: Predictions and Odds for All Horses in the Lineup

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    A couple of weeks ago, the biggest buzz surrounding the 2022 Preakness Stakes involved surprise Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike and whether the Eric Reed-trained colt could continue shocking the thoroughbred-racing world by winning the coveted Triple Crown.

    However, owner Rick Dawson decided not to run Rich Strike in the Preakness, saving the horse for next month's Belmont. This has robbed the race of a little of its luster.

    "Nobody else can win the Triple Crown," trainer Graham Motion said, per Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press. "Everybody wants to see you win the Preakness, except for the nine other horses' trainers and connections. Everybody wants to see a Triple Crown winner."

    There will still be plenty of excitement at Pimlico this weekend, though, as a talented field vies for a place in history and a share of the $1.5 million prize pool. That field became a little clearer with Monday's post draw.

    Below, you'll find all of the information you need for the 2022 Preakness Stakes, including scheduling information, post positions, the latest odds and predictions.

2022 Preakness Stakes Race Info

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    Where: Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore

    When: Saturday, May 21

    Post Time: 6:50 p.m. ET

    TV Coverage Start Time: 2 p.m. ET

    TV and Live Stream: NBC, NBCSports.com, NBC Sports App and Peacock  (pre-race coverage on CNBC from 2-4 p.m. ET)

    Prize Pool: $1.5 million ($900,000 to the winner)

Post Positions and Latest Odds

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    1. Simplification  6-1

    2. Creative Minister 10-1

    3. Fenwick 50-1

    4. Secret Oath 9-2

    5. Early Voting 7-2

    6. Happy Jack 30-1

    7. Armagnac 12-1

    8. Epicenter 6-5

    9. Skippylongstocking 20-1

      

    *Odds via preakness.com

Preview and Predictions

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    With Rich Strike out of the field, Epicenter becomes the heavy favorite, and it's no surprise. The Steve Asmussen-trained Colt led the Derby in the final furlong before being overtaken in the closing seconds. On Pimlico's slightly shorter 1-mile course, Epicenter might have been the favorite anyway.

    Epicenter finished sixth in his debut race last September but has finished first or second in six races since. He last won at the Louisiana Derby in March.

    The big question with Epicenter is whether there's enough gas in the proverbial tank following a fast Derby battle and running seven races in eight months. Prep for the Preakness has gone well, however, according to assistant trainer Scott Blasi.

    "He seems to be pretty sharp," Blasi said, per Paulick Report "I love how he's doing. He galloped today like that was nothing; walked off the track with good energy. We'll put a little work in him and go. Not much to do from here on out...[but] win."

    Asmussen's favorite will face some tough competition, too, notably from Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath. The D. Wayne Lukas filly won impressively at Churchill Downs and definitely has the speed to emerge from the middle of the pack on Saturday.

    "When she gets to a horse, if you ask her, she gets past them quick," Lukas said of Secret Oath, per Shawn Stepner of WMAR Baltimore. "She accelerates. That makes her very, very tough to beat."

    Lukas knows a thing or two about the Preakness, having won six of them.

    Early Voting is another horse to consider, as the Chad Brown-trained colt has tremendous opening speed and hasn't raced since early April. Early Voting will have to hold off strong finishers like Epicenter and Secret Oath, but if he can get to the front of the pack quickly, he could win it.

    Though Early Voting didn't participate in the Derby, he has won two of his three starts.

    Simplification could also make a successful run, but the Antonio Sano-trained colt will have to avoid getting pinned inside early. Simplification finished fourth at the Derby and has three wins on his eight-race resume.

    While it feels unlikely that we'll see another dark horse follow up Rich Strike's shocker with a win, each of the nine entrants has a legitimate shot.

    Prediction

    1. Secret Oath

    2. Epicenter

    3. Early Voting

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