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2022 Preakness Stakes Betting Guide

By Hank Blaine

Rich Strike’s owners decided making their Kentucky Derby winning horse race in another grueling event after fourteen days wasn’t worth it, which is why Rick Strike is sitting out the Preakness Stakes. But just because the Preakness will be without this year’s Derby winner, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t handicap and bet the race. Keep reading for the horses that will win, finish second, finish third, and finish fourth in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

Expert Betting Guide for the 2022 Preakness Stakes

2022 Preakness Stakes Entry List & Morning Line Odds

  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

READ MORE: 2022 Preakness Stakes Betting Preview

Win: 5-Early Voting

Trainer Chad Brown has won the Preakness before by doing exactly what he’s doing with Early Voting, that is, skip the Kentucky Derby and race in the second jewel. Brown decided to forego racing Early in the Derby. No matter what happens on Saturday, it was the right move. The pace was much too fast in the Derby for Early Voting to have any shot.

The front runner should lead the Preakness. Being on the lead at Pimlico is often a great way to win a race. Also, Early Voting may have matured from the Wood Memorial to the Preakness. So we should expect an excellent performance. We’re looking for a gate-to-wire victory.

Place: 2-Creative Minister

The Kenny McPeek trained runner has the makings of a very good racehorse. The Preakness will be Creative Minister’s third race. The second place choice has gotten faster with each race. So if the pattern holds, he should produce his best performance yet. If a horse runs down Early Voting, Creative Minister is the horse to do it.

Show: 9-Skippylongstocking

Rewatch the Wood Memorial and you will see a horse in Skippylongstocking that has put it all together. Skippy ran a remarkable race. He couldn’t catch Early Voting, Mo Donegal did, but Skippy ran well enough to finish third. Since then, he’s worked great and Saffie Joseph Jr. doesn’t run them unless he thinks he has a shot.

Fourth: 4-Secret Oath

If the Kentucky Oaks wasn’t two weeks ago, Secret Oath would be the top pick. But she ran in the Kentucky Oaks, just 15 days before the Preakness. So she should be somewhat tired. With that being written, she can win and has the best turn of foot in the race. So we must take her seriously. However, fourth place seems more probable than first, second, or third.

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*All odds stated are subject to change without prior notice.