The Triple Crown season resumes following the Kentucky Derby when The Preakness Stakes returns to its traditional position. This legendary race, also known as “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” will once again blanket the winning colt or filly in Maryland’s state flower.

When is the Preakness Stakes 2022?

On Saturday, May 21, 2022, the 147th annual Preakness Stakes will run on NBC. However, the event begins on Friday, May 20, with the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, giving fans a weekend of incredible horse racing for the American Triple Crown.

What is the Preakness Stakes 2022?

The Preakness Stakes is usually scheduled in June and is most known for being the second-most attended Grade 1 Thoroughbred race in America. The original race took place in 1873, and the 1 3/16-mile run is the second event of the American Triple Crown in horse racing. 

A horse named Preakness won the First Dinner Party Stakes at Pimlico upon the track’s opening, leading the Governor of Maryland to name this race after that horse.  

Where is the Preakness Stakes 2022?

The race itself takes place at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, Maryland, and has done so since the first-ever race in 1873.    

What Horses Are in the Preakness Stakes 2022?

Horses automatically qualify for the Preakness Stakes if they win the Kentucky Derby, Oaklawn Invitational, El Camino Real Derby, and Federico Tesio Stakes. You may see traveling horses from the Kentucky Derby who didn’t win at Churchill Downs arrive in Maryland.

A horse’s past earnings are also considered for eligibility, but the race is strictly for three-year-old thoroughbreds.

Preakness Stakes Current Champion

Priced as a betting underdog at 12/1, Rombauer – owned by Michael McCarthy – won the 2021 edition of the Preakness Stakes.

Midnight Bourbon and Irad Ortiz battled it for second, but it was the Steve Asmussen-trained Midnight Bourbon that claimed the second-place position.

Betting on Preakness Stakes 2022

The month of May is always a significant month for horse racing and sports betting in Maryland. On May 21, avid horse bettors will be attempting to accumulate the most viable wagering strategy in an attempt to cash in on the winner of the Preakness Stakes.     

Those excited for a tipple and a bet on the Preakness Stakes must see out the due diligence involved to raise your chance of cashing in on a winning horse. Keeping your eye close to the Kentucky Derby results is usually an excellent place to start, as it usually gives bettors a good idea of who’ll be successful at Pimlico.

Despite last year’s Preakness Stakes winner Rambaeur not racing in the 2021 Kentucky Derby, three of the top-five finishers were runners in the Kentucky Derby. In addition, betting on a filly doesn’t provide a high probability of winning the Preakness Stakes, as they’ve only won this race on six occasions during its history.

Most early looks for the 2022 Preakness Stakes are coming in on Steve Asmussen’s horse, Epicenter. Although, this will most likely be dependent on his Kentucky Derby success on May 7. Epicenter is, however, tipped to take the Kentucky Derby and has won over the Preakness Stakes distance. With half a furlong less in distance, you’d believe Epicenter can claim the Preakness Stakes first place should he take the Kentucky Derby crown.

Epicenter has lost just 1 of his 4 races, and that lone loss was by a head. Epicenter won the Grade 2 in February and went straight on to win the Louisiana Derby in March. Should this standout horse run well at the Kentucky Derby, it’ll be hard to deny his chances at the Preakness Stakes two weeks later.

During the four-race series of Kentucky Derby preps at Fair Grounds, Epicenter was a head short of winning all four. This horse is checking a champion’s boxes, particularly in the Kentucky Derby, which makes him a prime contender for the Preakness Stakes should he dominate the field.

Jockey Mike E Smith had the pleasure of riding Taiba in March, a horse that cost almost $2 million. At this extravagant price, bettors had no fear in backing this horse to win its debut race, and with a seven-and-a-half length lead, the expectations came to fruition.

With Smith at the reigns, where Taiba lacks experience, it’s undoubtedly made up with the jockey guiding him. Taiba is indeed one to look out for in Preakness Stakes, and we should expect a nice set of betting odds to represent the experience level.

The winner of the Blue Grass Stakes, Zandon, is a Grade 1 victor that gamblers should also consider as a serious contender for the Preakness Stakes 2022 1st place position. Running in both Kentucky and Pimlico, his Blue Grass Stakes success arrived after a mere three races.

Having already defeated Zandon and with 3 of his 4 races ending with a winning result, Mo Donegal shouldn’t be overlooked heading into the Preakness Stakes. White Abarrio has been the only horse to defeat Mo Donegal thus far.

And this leads us directly to White Abarrio, another contender that bettors should be highlighting in their research. Boasting three wins and third place with Grade 1 and Grade 3 wins at the Florida Derby, delivering a top-notch performance over nine-and-a-half furlongs at Preakness Stakes shouldn’t be an issue.

Before delving into the odds of your favorite horse, don’t forget to evaluate the action at Churchill Downs.

It’s that time of year where North American horse racing can compete with the festivities and elite level of the sport usually focused in the U.K. The anticipation builds as racing fans wonder if any horse can collect the Triple Crown. Starting at Churchill Downs, moving to The Preakness Stakes, and concluding at Belmont Stakes, These three races are the most historic and notable of their kind when people think about horse racing in America.