Preakness Stakes Odds: Favorite Epicenter Given 45% Chance to Win 2022 Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes odds are live and post positions have been announced. The oddsmakers have inserted Epicenter, the 2022 Kentucky Derby runner-up, as the overwhelming favorite to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
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Preakness Stakes Odds: Favorite Epicenter Given 45% Chance to Win 2022 Preakness Stakes

Saturday, May 21 marks the 147th edition of the Preakness Stakes, which is the second leg of horse racings Triple Crown. On Monday, the post positions and morning line odds were announced for the race and you can read my reaction to the winners and losers from the post draw.

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Not surprisingly, the Kentucky Derby runner-up, Epicenter, was installed as the heavy morning line favorite at 6-5 odds. Given the high profile defections from the Preakness field such as Kentucky Derby champion Rich Strike and third-place finisher Zandon, it's appropriate Epicenter was given such short odds.

However, with a new leg of the Triple Crown comes new shooters and the Chad Brown-trained Early Voting (7-2) is the second favorite coming off his second place performance last month at the Grade I Wood Memorial. The morning line third choice is an intriguing one in Kentucky Oaks champion filly Secret Oath (9-2) who is going to challenge the boys for the second time in three races. She beat the deepest field of 3-year-old fillies two weeks ago and finished third against the boys at the Grade I Arkansas Derby. You can see the morning line odds for the rest of the field below.

Preakness Stakes Odds

HorsePreakness Stakes Morning Line Odds
Epicenter6/5
Early Voting7/2
Secret Oath9/2
Simplification6/1
Creative Minister10/1
Armagnac12/1
Skippylongstocking20/1
Happy Jack30/1
Fenwick50/1

While the oddsmakers are giving Epicenter a 45% chance of winning the 2022 Preakness Stakes, each of the top four choices all have a better than 15% chance of bringing home the Woodlawn Vase, which is billed as the most valuable trophy in all of sports.

Preakness Stakes Post Position

Post PositionHorse
1Simplification
2Creative Minister
3Fenwick
4Secret Oath
5Eraly Voting
6Happy Jack
7Armagnac
8Epicenter
9Skippylongstocking

Best Post Positions Historically at the Preakness Stakes

Since the Preakness Stakes often features a significantly smaller field than the Kentucky Derby, you do not see nearly as much post position bias. However, we do see certain post positions have produced more winners. Historically, the #6 post position has produced the most winners (16) followed closely by post positions #4 and #7, which have each turned out 14 winners.

Unlike the Kentucky Derby, drawing the inside rail and #1 post position is not a dealbreaker at the Preakness Stakes seeing as that position has yielded 10 winners including three in the last seven years: American Pharaoh (2015), War of Will (2019), and Rombauer (2021). Simplification, who will be breaking from the far inside may have his work cut out for him, but he will have recent history on his side.

Where Can I Find Preakness Stakes Odds?

Oddschecker has you covered! You can find up-to-the-second Preakness Stakes odds by CLICKING HERE.

When is the Preakness Stakes?

  • Date: Saturday, May 21
  • Location: Pimlico Race Course (Baltimore, MD)

What time does the Preakness Stakes start?

  • First Race Post Time: 10:30 AM ET
  • Preakness Stakes Post Time: 7:01 PM ET

Where can I watch the Preakness Stakes?

  • TV: NBC
  • Stream: NBCsports.com, NBC Sports app, and Peacock

Check back to Oddschecker throughout the week for our expert picks for all of the big races on Friday's Black-Eyed Susan and Saturday's Preakness Stakes Day.

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