2022 Preakness Stakes odds, betting strategy, cheat sheet: Expert who nailed prep races releases picks

The 2022 Preakness Stakes is fast approaching, as the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown races is set for a 6:45 p.m. ET post time on Saturday, May 21. There will be no Triple Crown winner this year after news broke that longshot Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t run at the Preakness Stakes 2022. However, an impressive 2022 Preakness Stakes field is still materializing, as top three-year olds such as Epicenter, Secret Oath and Early Voting are all probables for this year’s Run for the Black-Eyed Susans at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Epicenter is the 3-1 favorite in the latest 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Other 2022 Preakness Stakes horses near the top of the board include Secret Oath (11-2), Early Voting (6-1) and Simplification (8-1).Given the shocking results of the Kentucky Derby, you’ll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any 2022 Preakness Stakes picks.

A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir is a two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. He has produced multiple five-figure days at the track over the years, including a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar in 2014. Last year, he was on fire. He hit the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes.

This year, he has been red-hot in the Triple Crown prep races, hitting the superfecta in the Blue Grass Stakes, the trifecta in the Louisiana Derby and exactas in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. He also has hit the trifecta in the Pegasus World Cup and multiple Pick 4s, among other scores. Anyone who has followed him is way up.

Now, he has handicapped the 2022 Preakness Stakes lineup, made his picks and constructed his bets. He’s only sharing them here.

Top 2022 Preakness Stakes expert predictions

One surprise: Weir is playing against Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath, even though she is one of the top 2022 Preakness Stakes favorites. The three-year old, trained by the legendary D. Wayne Lukas, has a strong claim as the fastest filly in her age group. She’s won four of her last five races, including the Kentucky Oaks on May 6. Now, she’ll go up against the colts in the Preakness 2022 and oddsmakers like her chances to contend.

However, Weir wasn’t particularly impressed with her speed at the Oaks. He also points out that Secret Oath finished third in the Arkansas Derby, behind Cyberknife and Barber Road, last time she ran against the boys. “I will be playing against her in what should be a tougher spot,” Weir told SportsLine. 

How to make 2022 Preakness Stakes picks

Weir’s top pick in the Preakness is a horse who “did everything right” in his last race. Weir also is high on a long shot with plenty of speed who “may prove to be a good one.” Weir is including these horses in his 2022 Preakness Stakes bets, and so should you. He’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins the Preakness Stakes? What long shot is a must-back? And how has Weir constructed his wagers? Check out the Preakness 2022 odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir’s picks for the Preakness Stakes, all from the expert who nailed this year’s prep races.

2022 Preakness Stakes odds, field, contenders, lineup

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