Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter will try to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown when he leaves the starting gate in the 2022 Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Sent off as the Kentucky Derby favorite, Epicenter took the lead at the top of the stretch in that race but was caught in the final strides by 80-1 long shot Rich Strike, who is skipping the Preakness. Epicenter is the favorite at 6-5 in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Other top 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders include Wood Memorial runner-up Early Voting (7-2) and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath (9-2). Post time is 7:01 p.m. ET.
Given the shocking results of the Kentucky Derby, you NEED to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Preakness Stakes picks of your own.
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. In Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this year, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at a whopping 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.
One surprise: Yu is fading Simplification, even though he is one of the top Preakness favorites after his fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby. Instead, 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. You ABSOLUTELY need to see her picks before locking in any of your own!
So who wins the 2022 Preakness Stakes? And which long shot is a MUST-BACK?... Join SportsLine right now to get Michelle Yu's 2022 Preakness Stakes picks and bets and see which long shot contends, all from the insider who nailed last year's Kentucky Derby winner and this year's futures wager!