Preakness Stakes Odds and Post Position Draw: Epicenter Is The Morning Line Favorite

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Kentucky Derby runnerup Epicenter is the favorite in Saturday's Preakness Stakes. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Saturday’s running of the $1.65 million Preakness Stakes appears to be a decent betting race after the post position draw was held along with the release of morning line odds on Monday afternoon. Sportsbooks will have odds available soon.

Epicenter, fresh off his second-place finish in the Kentucky Derby, is the favorite on the morning line at 6-to-5 odds.

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2022 Preakness Field: Post Positions, Odds, Jockeys, Trainers

Here are the post positions, morning-line odds, jockeys, and trainers for the nine horses entered in the 2022 Preakness Stakes, which is contested over 1 3/16 miles. Post time is approximately 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, and NBC has live coverage from Pimlico Race Course.

PPHorseML OddsJockey Trainer
1Simplification6-1John VelazquezAntonio Sano
2Creative Minister10-1Brian Hernandez Jr.Ken McPeek
3Fenwick50-1Florent Geroux Kevin McKathan
4Secret Oath9-2Luis Saez D. Wayne Lukas
5Early Voting 7-2Jose OrtizChad Brown
6Happy Jack30-1Tyler GaffalioneDoug O'Neill
7Armagnac12-1Irad Ortiz Jr.Tim Yakteen
8Epicenter6-5Joel Rosario Steve Asmussen
9Skippylongstocking20-1Junior AlvaradoSaffie Joseph, Jr.

Editor’s note: Morning-line odds are simply a prediction by track handicappers of what each horse’s price will be. They have no bearing on the odds a bettor ultimately receives on a bet. With pari-mutuel wagering, odds are determined by the amount of money bet on each entry, and closing odds are the prices at which each bet is effective.

Epicenter Breezes Through Final Pre-Race Workout

Epicenter worked out at Churchill Downs early Monday morning before being shipped to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Daily Racing Form reported the work was an easy half-mile in 50.40 seconds over a moist race track.

Epicenter will attempt to take care of unfinished business after his near-miss in the Kentucky Derby. Derby winner Rich Strike, who shocked the horse racing world at odds of 80-1, will not compete in the Preakness. Owner Rick Dawson consulted with his team, and the decision was to focus efforts on the Belmont Stakes in June.

“Our original plan for Rich Strike was contingent on the Kentucky Derby,” Dawson said in a statement. “Should we not run in the Derby we would point toward the Preakness, should we run in the Derby, subject to the race outcome and the condition of our horse, we would give him more recovery time and rest and run in the Belmont.”

This marks the fourth consecutive year that horse racing will not have a Triple Crown winner. Only 13 horses have won the Triple Crown with Justify being the most recent in 2018.

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Secret Oath Highlights The List Of New Runners

Secret Oath is one of several new shooters that did not participate in the Kentucky Derby. The talented filly trains out of the barn of Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas. She went off at 4-to-1 odds before winning the Kentucky Oaks the day before the Derby. Running from the inside post, Secret Oath pulled away to win the Oaks by two lengths with jockey Luis Saez aboard.

“Being in the one hole, we didn’t have much choice on what to do,” Lukas said. “I told Luis down the backside to get into position. When I saw him moving around the turn, I turned and hugged my wife and said ‘here we go.’”

Two of the last three fillies to enter the Preakness won the race: Swiss Skydiver (2020) and Rachel Alexandra (2009).

Armagnac, now trained by former Bob Baffert assistant Tim Yakteen, is another newcomer to watch on Saturday. He won his first race May 8 at Santa Anita after finishing fourth in April’s Santa Anita Derby.

Zandon, who finished third in the Kentucky Derby, and Shake Em Loose joined Rich Strike as once probable Preakness starters who’ve since dropped out of the race.

Also read: TVG’s Preakness Stakes Futures Odds

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