The 147th running of the Preakness Stakes (G1) is now less than a week away, taking place on Saturday, May 21, after what has to go down as one of the most exciting and surprising races in the history of the Kentucky Derby.
We were left with one potential winner of the Triple Crown, and that one horse was the Eric Reed-trained Rich Strike. However, Rich Strike will not be competing at Pimlico and thus there will be no Triple Crown winner in 2022.
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Preakness Stakes Betting Odds?
Odds as of May 17 at Bodog
After the Kentucky Derby, many trainers have already ruled out their horses, but some have committed to run and some of the likely runners are below.
Already we have the mouthwatering prospect of the Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath taking her place, so of course she will get the weight allowance from the boys and she is currently priced at +450 (4.5/1).
Kentucky Derby fourth Simplification has been touted as being entered and this drop in distance looks ideal for the Antonio Sano-trained and John Velazquez-ridden colt. He is currently chalked up at +700.
Chad Brown looks sure to run Early Voting and he will be ridden by Jose Ortiz with John Velazquez taking over from Ortiz on Simplification. Early Voting is well fancied by many bookmakers and he is showing at +400 on the oddsboards.
Preakness Stakes Horse Contenders
We’ve taken a look at the probable runners above but three top contenders at the moment are discussed below.
Epicenter +110 (11/10)
Epicenter ran a fantastic race in the Kentucky Derby. After sitting in a mid-pack stalking position down the backstretch, he angled out and split foes to take the lead near the top of the stretch and looked to be the winner approaching the 16th pole only to be mowed down late by Rich Strike.
This shorter distance will be a big plus and his mid-race speed allows him to make a move quickly.
Secret Oath +450 (4.5/1)
The Kentucky Oaks heroine was a very impressive winner as she powered home from the top of the stretch. She looks to have pace and stamina and getting the weight allowance from the colts, she must have a fine chance in what looks like a high-class field for the Preakness.
Creative Minister +1000 (10/1)
The Kenny McPeek-trained runner has been earmarked to be supplemented for this race at a cost of $150,000, so connections must fancy this son of Creative Cause to be up to the standard required.
He won an allowance at Churchill Downs recently but this is a big step up the class ladder for McPeek’s star. He is clearly unexposed and falls into the “could be anything” category.