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

Legendary trainer D. Wayne Lukas will try to add another feather to his cap when Secret Oath competes in the 2022 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday. With six wins already on his resume, the 86-year-old Lukas can pull even with R. Wyndham Walden and Bob Baffert for most Preakness victories with a win in the Preakness Stakes 2022. Lukas has registered 14 wins in Triple Crown races, two fewer than Baffert for first place on the all-time list. Secret Oath is 9-2, while Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter is the 6-5 favorite in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Early Voting is 7-2 in the nine-horse 2022 Preakness Stakes field. The Preakness 2022 post time is 7:01 p.m. ET. 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 2022 Preakness Stakes favorites at 9-2 and drew post No. 4. The three-year-old filly has won four of her last five starts, including a victory in the Kentucky Oaks on May 6. She is looking to become the seventh filly to win the Preakness and second in three years after Swiss Skydiver accomplished the feat in 2020.

However, Secret Oath was third in her only start against colts on April 2 in the Arkansas Derby, finishing behind Cyberknife and Barber Road. “She’s been running non-stop since October and has not produced speed figures that prove she can win in a spot like this,” Weir told SportsLine. Secret Oath appears in very few of Weir’s 2022 Preakness Stakes bets.

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