2022 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds Preview
After delivering a stunning upset in the Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike won’t be chasing the Triple Crown after his handlers decided to not run in this weekend’s Preakness Stakes.
With Rich Strike a no-show, the favorite from this weekend’s nine-horse field at Bovada Sportsbook is Epicenter at -105. He was a +350 favorite in the Derby as well and finished second behind Rich Strike.
Before placing second in the Derby, Epicenter won his previous two races, the Louisiana Derby and the Risen Star Stakes.
Derby runner-up Epicenter favored in Preakness odds
Epicenter is trained by Steven Asmussen, who has sent two horses to the winner’s circle in the Preakness, Curlin in 2007 and filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Epicenter will start from the No. 8 position, which has housed 10 previous winners in the Preakness.
Following Epicenter in the Preakness odds at Bovada are Early Voting and Secret Oath, both at +450. Neither horse ran in the Kentucky Derby earlier this month.
Early Voting last raced in the Wood Memorial in early April where he finished in second place. His only other race this year was the Withers Stakes in early February which he won. Early Voting is trained by Chad Brown, who also trained 2017 Preakness winner Cloud Computing.
Secret Oath trying to become 7th filly to win Preakness
Secret Oath is the lone filly in this year’s race and the 56th filly to compete in the history of the Preakness. Six fillies have won the Preakness with the last being Swiss Skydiver in 2020. Secret Oath won the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs two weeks ago and also won the Honeybee Stakes and Martha Washington Stakes earlier this year.
Secret Oath is trained by legendary horse trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He has trained six previous Preakness winners with the last being Oxbow in 2013. Secret Oath will start from the No. 4 post that has housed 14 Preakness winners.
The only other horse in this weekend’s field that is getting triple-digit odds at Bovada is Simplification at +750. He finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby and won the Fountain of Youth Stakes and the Mucho Macho Man Stakes earlier this year. His trainer, Antonio Sano, has never trained a winner of a Triple Crown race.
The only other horse running in the Preakness that also ran in the Kentucky Derby is Happy Jack. He finished well back in the Derby in 14th place and is a +3500 underdog in the Preakness.