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2022 Preakness Stakes Race: Picks, Predictions and Preview

2022 Preakness Stakes Race Top-class horseracing action takes place at the Pimlico with the 147th staging of the Preakness Stakes. Nine horses will run in the 1 3/16-mile (1.911-kilometer) race that will flag off at around 7:01 pm ET. NBC Sports will feature the race on television and NBCSports.com will cover the event on livestream. The USD1.5-million event will race without Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike but will have runner-up Epicenter in the field. Online horseracing picks and parlays expect the three-year-old colt to be the top favorite in the second jewel of the Triple Crown with Early Voting and Secret Oath serving as threats to Epicenter’s attempt to win the major race.

2022 Preakness Stakes Race Viewing Information

When: Saturday, May 21, 2022, 7:01 PM ET
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
TV: NBC Sports

The Race

The Preakness Stakes began in 1873, two years before the Kentucky Derby was initially staged. The event was named in the honor of the colt Preakness, who won the Dinner Party Stakes on the day the Pimlico Race Course opened on October 25, 1870. Seven entries took part in the first-ever staging of the race and the John Chamberlain-owned Survivor won by 10 lengths. This is considered the largest margin of victory in the event until 2004 when Smarty Jones rewrote history after winning the Preakness Stakes by 11 1/2 lengths.

In 1890, the Preakness takes place at the Morris Park Racecourse in Bronx, New York, and has no age restrictions. The race took a break for three years and made a comeback in 1894 at the Gravesend Race Track in Coney Island, New York. The racetrack hosted Preakness Stakes for 15 years until it returned to Pimlico in 1909. The 145th running of the stakes race was held on October 3, 2020, due to the outbreak of coronavirus disease. It was held without spectators and was won by three-year-old filly Swiss Skydiver. Last year, Rombauer came in first in the race as he edged past Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit.

Betting on Horseracing at 2022 Preakness Stakes Race

Nine horses will take part in the Grade 1 event with Epicenter emerging as the top favorite with a 6-5 odds of winning. However, he will still be challenged by Wood Memorial second-placer Early Voting, which has 7-2 odds. Secret Oath and Simplification can also provide some scary moments in the race as they have performed well in their previous starts. Creative Minister, Armagnac, Happy Jack, Skippylongstocking and Fenwick will try to do a Rich Strike in Preakness as they are double-digit longshots in the second leg of the US Triple Crown.

2022 Preakness Stakes Race Field

  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

Legend
* – favorite

Kentucky Derby Winner Rich Strike Skips Preakness

Longshot Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike will not be around in Preakness betting as his trainers decided to get him ready for the Belmont Stakes in June. According to horse owner Rick Dawson, his team decided to pass on the Preakness and concentrate on Belmont, which is the third and final leg of the US Triple Crown. Dawson said that racing Rich Strike in Belmont was his original plan if he made the entry list for the Kentucky Derby. However, the stunning upset at Churchill Downs made him consider starting at Preakness Stakes, which is the shortest race in the Triple Crown, and then Belmont, the longest of the three at 1 1/2 miles (2.4 kilometers). Rich Strike’s pullout will benefit the likes of Epicenter, who placed second in the Kentucky Derby.

Pick

The online 2022 Triple Crown picks and predictions page is tabbing Epicenter to strike gold finally after a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of Rich Strike. He is the overwhelming favorite in this nine-horse field and determines to take home the Preakness Stakes. However, Early Voting and Secret Oath challenges him. Simplification is also expected to spring up a surprise considering his recent showing in the Kentucky Derby.