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Preakness Stakes 2022
"Riders Up!"

Morning line odds were announced on Monday, May 16, 2022 including the official list of horses and post positions, trainers and jockeys.:

2022 Preakness post positions and morning line odds:

Post Horse Jockey Trainer Morning Line Odds
1 Simplification John Velazquez Antonio Sano 6-1
2 Creative Minister Brian Hernandez Jr. Kenny McPeek 10-1
3 Fenwick Florent Geroux Kevin McKathan 50-1
4 Secret Oath Luis Saez D. Wayne Lukas 9-2
5 Early Voting Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 7-2
6 Happy Jack Tyler Gaffalione Doug O’Neill 30-1
7 Armagnac Irad Oritz Jr. Tim Yakteen 12-1
8 Epicenter Joel Rosario Steve Asmussen 6-5
9 Skippylongstocking Junior Alvarado Saffie Joseph Jr. 20-1

black eyed susan cocktail drinkThe 2022 Preakness Stakes will be the landmark 147th running of the historic race. As always, the scene in Baltimore offers the same crazy hats and wild offtrack celebrations as the other two Triple Crown races.

Ten or more horses are usually entered each year to compete in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. A week before the race, the post positions and morning line odds are announced live from Pimlico that help bettors with picking favorites to win, place and show.

Preakness race day parties
are the most popular way to celebrate the "Run For The Black Eyed Susans" (so named because the bright yellow blossom is the state flower of Maryland.) Not to mention that the Black Eyed Susan cocktail also happens to be the name of the signature drink of all Preakness celebrations.


How to Pick a Preakness Winner

The Preakness is a bit easier to handicap than the Kentucky Derby, but it's still a horse race. With some of the same colts that raced in the Derby in contention, the rest of the field may be unknown. Even so, in the Preakness every horse in the field is a champion. Most have competed successfully in other Stakes races, but never against the best three year olds in the racing world.

To chose the winner of this championship race, you need to know the pedigree of the horse and his past history in Stakes races. How the horse handles various track conditions can mean the difference between a win and an also-ran. Who trains and rides the colt is another fact that handicappers look at. The pros can also look back on patterns of past Preakness winners and use that knowledge to predict the outcome.

Do you think Kentucky Derby winners stand out in the Preakness? You bet! The horses that do well in the first leg of the triple crown typically perform well in the Preakness.

Doc's Sports provides this information, "Recent history has treated the Kentucky Derby winner very kindly in the Preakness. Six of the last 10 Derby winners have gone to the Belmont with a shot at the Triple Crown. All six of those horses - Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, War Emblem, Funny Cide and Smarty Jones - have looked solid coming into the Preakness off impressive Derby wins, and all have met the lofty expectations at Pimlico."

The Preakness this year may have fewer Derby horses repeating, which adds a bit more suspense to the outcome. A large number of new horses may mean some unexpected challenges to the Derby veterans as the Preakness unfolds. A smaller Preakness field means more room for maneuvering through the pack and the shorter course may play an important part in the outcome.

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