With the 2022 Preakness Stakes just days away, favorites to win the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown have emerged. Epicenter finished second in the Kentucky Derby and is the 6-5 favorite according to the latest 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Other top 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders include Early Voting (7-2), Secret Oath (9-2) and Simplification (6-1). The Preakness 2022 gets underway from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday. Will one of the 2022 Preakness Stakes favorites win the 147th running, or will a long shot cross the finish line first? Post time for the $1.65 million Preakness Stakes 2022 is 7:01 p.m. ET. Given the shocking results of the Kentucky Derby, you’ll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Preakness Stakes picks.
Few people in racing are as connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders’ Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.
She also has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, she nailed 11-1 long shot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year, in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. And in Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this year, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.
Since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Sham Stakes, El Camino Real Derby, San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap and Kentucky Oaks. Anyone who has followed her is way up.
Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Preakness Stakes field, made her picks and constructed her bets. Go to SportsLine to see them.
Top 2022 Preakness Stakes predictions
One surprise: Yu isn’t high on Simplification, even though he is one of the 2022 Preakness Stakes favorites. Simplification drew the No. 1 post for the Preakness Stakes, so he’ll be fighting for positioning when the horses break from the starting gate.
In addition, Simplification has won just one of his last four races and is coming off a fourth-place showing at the Kentucky Derby. Simplification has now finished third or worse in four of his eight races. “Simplification ran a respectable fourth in the Derby, but I don’t think he’s winning the Preakness,” Yu told SportsLine.
How to make 2022 Preakness Stakes picks, bets
Yu’s top pick is a horse who “looks like a winner.” Yu is also high on a long shot whose “running style suits how the Preakness pace should develop.” She is including these horses in her 2022 Preakness Stakes bets, and so should you. She’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.
So who wins the 2022 Preakness Stakes? What long shot is a must-back? And how has Yu constructed her wagers? Check out the Preakness Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Yu’s picks for the Preakness Stakes 2022, all from the expert who nailed Medina Spirit and this year’s Kentucky Derby futures wager.