Trainer Chad Brown decided to pull Early Voting from the Kentucky Derby and focus on preparing the three-year-old thoroughbred for the 2022 Preakness Stakes. Early Voting finished second behind Mo Donegal in the Wood Memorial, which was just the third start of his career. Brown will hope his horse’s extra rest will pay off when he faces the other 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Early Voting is 7-2 in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds, trailing only Epicenter (6-5). Secret Oath is 9-2 and Simplification is 6-1, so there are several 2022 Preakness Stakes horses expected to contend this weekend. Epicenter and Simplification both raced in the Kentucky Derby, while Secret Oath won the Kentucky Oaks. With so much to consider while making your 2022 Preakness Stakes picks, a little expert help can go a long way.
The first Preakness Stakes featured seven starters, with Survivor winning by 10 lengths to secure a purse of $2,050. Survivor’s blowout win is still the largest margin of victory in Preakness Stakes history. The race at Pimlico Race Course is generally a test for the Kentucky Derby winner, but Rich Strike will not have an opportunity to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive on Saturday. Instead, Secret Oath will try to become the seventh filly to capture the “Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown.” She would be the third in the last 15 years, joining Rachel Alexandra (2009) and Swiss Skydiver (2020).
Given all the history, there’s a method to picking which horses to focus on for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets in a Preakness Stakes like this, and SportsLine expert Jody Demling knows what it is. He can help you make the best 2022 Preakness Stakes picks possible.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling has been on-point with his horse racing bets. In fact, this is the same handicapper who has called the Preakness winner nine times in the last 17 years. In the 2020 Preakness Stakes, Demling nailed the Swiss Skydiver-Authentic exacta.
He hit the exacta in the Wood Memorial in April. Last year, he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Belmont Stakes. He’s also hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs 10 times in the last 14 years, including this year’s massive upset with Rich Strike. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but four times in his last 14 tries.
In addition, at one point in 2020, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes. Anyone who has followed him on these races is way up. Now, he’s sharing all of his 2022 Preakness Stakes bets here.
Top 2022 Preakness Stakes expert picks
Here’s a refresher on these types of bets from SportsLine’s Jody Demling:
Preakness Stakes Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 exacta returned $49.30 at the 2021 Preakness Stakes with Rombauer and Midnight Bourbon.
Preakness Stakes Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 trifecta returned $162.70 at the 2021 Preakness Stakes with Rombauer, Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit.
Preakness Stakes Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 superfecta returned a colossal $1,025.50 at the 2021 Preakness Stakes with Rombauer, Midnight Bourbon, Medina Spirit and Keepmeinmind.
While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of Epicenter (6-5) and Early Voting (7-2), he plans to hold tickets with Secret Oath (9-2) as well as four double-digit underdogs who could really spice up the payouts. You can see his picks here.
How to make 2022 Preakness Stakes bets
Demling has specific recommendations for exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers so you can cover all your bases at the Preakness Stakes 2022. He’s sharing them over at SportsLine.
So which horses do you take? And in what combinations? Visit SportsLine to get Demling’s picks for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets for the 2022 Preakness Stakes.