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2022 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds Once Again Favor Epicenter

image of Epicenter the favorite to win in the Preakness Stakes odds for 2022
  • Epicenter Favored In 2022 Preakness Stakes Odds
  • Preakness Stakes Begins At 7:01 PM On Saturday, May 21st
  • Rich Strike Not Competing In Preakness Stakes

The second leg of the 2022 Triple Crown gets underway this Saturday but the lineup will be missing the surprise Kentucky Derby winner, Rich Strike.

After overcoming 80/1 odds for betting on the Kentucky Derby and winning the entire race, Rich Strike will not be competing at the 2022 Preakness Stakes, thwarting any potential for a Triple Crown Winner this year.

“[A]fter much discussion & consideration with my trainer… we are going to stay with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie is what’s best for our group, and pass on running in the Preakness, and point toward the Belmont in approximately 5 weeks.”

Rich Strike Owner Rick Dawson

The favored horse to win the Preakness Stakes is Epicenter at -120 or 1/1 odds. Epicenter was also favored to win the Kentucky Derby but was surpassed during the final seconds by a surging Rich Strike.

Here are the current 2022 Preakness Stakes odds, listed in the order they’ll line up on Saturday.

2022 Preakness Stakes Futures

  1. Simplification +750
  2. Creative Minister +1100
  3. Fenwick +4000
  4. Secret Oath +450
  5. Early Voting +450
  6. Happy Jack +3500
  7. Armagnac +1400
  8. Epicenter -105
  9. Skippylongstocking +2200

Epicenter is so heavily favored in the odds for 2022 Preakness Stakes betting that he is actually listed in the negative and will require more money wagered than can be won.

The same is not true for all other horses in the running for the Preakness, with net payouts ranging from $4.50 to $35 on the dollar if they win the race.

Horse race gamblers only need to set their sights back two calendar weeks for a reminder that even the longest odds on the boards can deliver. A $10 wager on Rich Strike to win the Kentucky Derby would have secured bettors an $800 gain, so consider laying a low-dollar hedge this weekend just in case lightning strikes twice in 2022.

If you are looking for some Preakness Stakes prop bets that offer unconventional horse race wagering opportunities, have a gander at the following line for a last-place finish.

Odds To Finish Last At Preakness Stakes

  • Fenwick +275
  • Happy Jack +330
  • Skippylongstocking +400
  • Armagnac +550
  • Creative Minister +700
  • Simplification +1000
  • Secret Oath +1600
  • Early Voting +1800
  • Epicenter +5000

Betting on an entire field of competitors, even one as shallow as the Preakness Stakes, requires some research and a bit of luck for all things to go well.

For gamblers that want to narrow the betting options for the Preakness Stakes, the following two props offer more reasonably predictable outcomes.

Winning Distance Of 2022 Preakness Stakes

  • Under 1.5 Lengths -130
  • Over 1.5 Lengths -101

Will There Be A Wire-To-Wire Winner At The Preakness Stakes?

  • No -700
  • Yes +425

Judging by the probabilities listed above, the lead will change hands at least once during the Preakness Stakes and the final result will most likely feature a winner by a distance of fewer than 1.5 lengths.

The odds for betting on the Belmont Stakes have not been posted yet but they are expected to be unveiled following the results of this Saturday’s race.

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