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2022 Preakness Stakes horses, top odds, and predictions

Jason Burgos
Preakness Stakes horses
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As the event nears, many racing enthusiasts are wondering about the Preakness Stakes horses competing in the 2022 race, which takes place on Saturday, May 21. The yearly event serves as the second leg in the prestigious trio of races known as the Triple Crown. Along with all the pomp and circumstance of the big race at Pimlico Race Course, also comes millions of dollars in bets.

If you’re one of those individuals in search of the latest intelligence on the race before you place your bets, look no further. In this space, we will take a look at the 2022 horses, the betting odds, and make a prediction on which three-year-old might be standing in this year’s winners circle.

Related: Preakness Stakes FAQ – Everything you need to know about the 2022 race

Horses at Preakness Stakes 2022

Preakness Stakes horses
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Each year, as many as 14 horses take to the Pimlico Race Course looking to add their name to a long list of legendary thoroughbreds. The field for this year’s race will include several horses that competed in the 2022 Kentucky Derby and a few fresh faces for the title chase in Baltimore, Maryland two weeks after the derby. Unfortunately, it will not include Kentucky Derby winner Rick Strike.

Epicenter

Epicenter is a bay colt trained by one of the best trainers in the sport, Steve Asmussen. For much of the time leading up to the Kentucky Derby, he was one of the top picks to win the legendary race. His near-victory and second-place finish are proof of the potential of this particular horse. Heading into Maryland, the horse is once again a favorite for this latest leg of the Triple Crown.

Odds: 3-1

Secret Oath

Secret Oath is filly trained by D. Wayne Lukas, a six-time winner of the Preakness. The horse was held out of the Kentucky Derby and that was likely with an eye on playing to strengths and adding a seventh Pimlico title. While Epicenter and Rich Strike will be getting much of the attention, this horse may a serious dark horse to win the Stakes race.

Odds: 11-2

Odds for 2002 Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes
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Epicenter, Simplification, and Early Voting are some of the early favorites among the 2022 Preakness stakes horses. Let’s take a look at the first round of odds for the May 21 race.

2022 Preakness betting odds

  • Epicenter 3-1
  • Secret Oath 11-2
  • Early Voting 6-1
  • Simplification 8-1
  • Creative Minister 10-1
  • Jack Christopher 16-1
  • Un Ojo 18-1
  • Skippylongstocking 20-1
  • Ethereal Road 25-1
  • Shake Em Loose 28-1
  • Rattle N Roll 28-1

Via SportsLine.com

Prediction

COMING SOON

Rich Strike wins 2022 Kentucky Derby winner

An 80-1 betting underdog shocked the world on May 7 and won the 147th edition of the Kentucky Derby. Rich Strike was an alternate and only entered the race on Friday after Ethereal Road dropped out. The horse made history as the second-biggest underdog ever to win the first leg of the prestigious Triple Crown trio of races.

Rich Strike likely won’t be a favorite going into the Preakness, however, he was an afterthought in Louisville, and the opportunity to shock the world a second time will be a major story at Pimlico race track on May 21.

Who won the 2021 Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes
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On May 15 of last year, Michael McCarthy’s horse Rombauer stunned the racing world when he beat out Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit and race favorite Midnight Bourbon to win the 2021 race. Rombauer was a 12-1 favorite and got his trainer a victory in his first Triple Crown race, and gave jockey Flavien Prat a win in his Preakness debut.

While fans watched the race in the hopes of seeing Medina Spirit win the second leg of the Triple Crown, Rombauer’s victory avoided a major public relations nightmare heading into the Crown’s final race — the Belmont Stakes.

Medina Spirit’s Kentucky Derby title would eventually be stripped after the Bob Baffert trained thoroughbred tested positive for betamethasone in a post-race drug test. Baffert’s horses have been cited for 29 different drug-related violations over the years, and he was suspended and fined after the positive test.