Two weeks after the Kentucky Derby has been run at Churchill Downs, many of US horse racing's best three-year-olds will clash again in the Preakness Stakes. The Preakness Stakes is the middle leg of the US Triple Crown, and many of the runners who impressed at Churchill Downs will take their chance this weekend.
We've taken a look through the confirmed field for the Preakness Stakes
and picked out our best betting tips.
2022 Preakness Stakes Odds
*Odds taken on 18/5/22*
2022 Preakness Stakes Runners
Just when Epicentre was run down by 80/1 outsider Rich Strike on his last start in the Kentucky Derby. With no Rich Strike or Zandon in the field against him on Saturday, the bookies make Epicentre their short-priced favourite to win the 2022 Preakness Stakes.
Impressive Kentucky Oaks winner, Secret Oath will take on the colts again and D Wayne Lukas' filly can also be backed at a fairly short price. Wood Memorial Stakes runner-up, Early Voting also sits prominently in the Preakness Stakes betting.
Simplification stayed on well to place fourth in the Kentucky Derby and he will enter his second Classic of the season. Kenny McPeak's Creative Minister bolted up in a claimer during the Kentucky Derby Festival and he'll step up into Graded company for the first time.
Just nine runners will contest this Saturday's Preakness Stakes. Fenwick
, Happy Jack
complete Saturday's field at Pimlico, but it would be a huge shock if any of the four outsiders were able to make an impact in this Classic.
2022 Preakness Stakes Draw
2022 Preakness Stakes Tips
Early Voting will likely go forward and make the running from stall five. Armagnac and Fenwick won their races from the front, but both have found themselves outpaced and unable to challenge when stepped up into Group company thus far. I can't see either being quick enough to get to Early Voting, who could grab himself an uncontested lead.
Secret Oath ran out an impressive winner of the Kentucky Oaks. She was, however, found a little wanting for pace on her previous start in with the colts in the Arkansas Derby. If Early Voting can dictate the tempo of the race and save a little for the home straight, I doubt whether D Wayne's Lukas' filly has the finishing kick to keep up with the colts down the home stretch.
Epicenter certainly does, and Steve Asmussen's charge would be a worthy winner of the Preakness. Simplification handed me a slice of place money when he finished fourth as a 35/1 outsider in the Kentucky Derby and he could be involved in the finish again, if the gaps open up for him along the inside rail.
Brian Hernandez Jnr's mount was beaten a neck on his career debut at Gulfstream in March. Creative Minister then opened his account with an easy win at Keeneland, where he picked up nicely from off the pace to win comfortably on a treacherously wet track.
McPeek's three-year-old was last seen running in a Claiming Race on Kentucky Derby day. Hernandez's mount still looked a little green as he rounded the home turn in fourth and was forced wide to make his challenge. Once he straightened for home and regathered his balance, Creative Minister powered to an impressive victory, beating Cover Me Up by three lengths under a mere hands-and-heels ride.
On the back of that victory, owners Fern Circle Stables stumped up $150k to supplement this son of Creative Cause into his first Classic. This may be Creative Minister's first start in a pattern race, but there are no real superstars in this year's Preakness Stakes and Creative Minister has shown enough to suggest he belongs in this sort of class.