Preakness Stakes 2022 predictions, bets: Expert picks for win, place, show, trifecta, superfecta

Epicenter’s road to the Triple Crown was derailed by a late charge from Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby. Now, Epicenter, a four-time career winner, will look to rebound at the 2022 Preakness Stakes when it goes to post at 7:01 p.m. ET on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. He’ll start out wide after getting stall No. 8 in Monday’s 2022 Preakness Stakes post draw. He’ll be flanked by a pair of double-digit long shots, with Armagnac and Skippylongstocking breaking from the No. 7 and No. 9 posts, respectively. Epicenter is the 6-5 favorite in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Three other 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders — Early Voting (7-2), Secret Oath (9-2) and Simplification (6-1) — are getting single-digit Preakness 2022 odds. With so much to consider while making your 2022 Preakness Stakes picks, a little expert help can go a long way.

With Rich Strike absent from the 2022 Preakness Stakes field, other horses move to the forefront of the conversation. One of the most intriguing 2022 Preakness Stakes horses is Secret Oath, the filly who won the Kentucky Oaks. Fillies have more wins at the Preakness than any other Triple Crown race. It’s a feat that has been done six times, last accomplished in 2020 by Swiss Skydiver. Rachel Alexandra won in 2009, ending an 85-year gap since it was last done by Nellie Morse in 1924.

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.

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