After a thrilling 80-1 underdog victory at the Kentucky Derby, Rich Strike owner Richard Dawson has announced that the colt will not be competing in the 2022 Preakness Stakes on Saturday May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. Coach Eric Reed originally planned to hold Rich Strike to the Belmont Stakes after running in the Kentucky Derby and, despite the lure of the Triple Crown, opted to stick with the script. However, Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter is the 3-1 favorite in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds after being the leading points earner heading into the Kentucky Derby, where it fell victim to an unusually fast opening pace. With so much to consider, you’ll want to see what SportsLine’s Jody Demling has to say before entering your own 2022 Preakness Stakes picks or your own horse racing predictions.
A staple of the horse racing world who has been writing, speaking and betting on races for years, Demling has been on point with his horse racing betting. In fact, it’s the same handicapper who’s called the Preakness winner nine times in the past 17 years. In the 2020 Preakness Stakes, Demling won the exacta Swiss Skydiver-Authentic.
He hit the exacta at Wood Memorial in April. Last year he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Belmont Stakes. He has also completed the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs 10 times in the past 14 years, including this year’s massive upset with Rich Strike. That means he’s held a ticket with the winners of the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby nearly four times in his last 14 tries.
Additionally, at some point in 2020, he picked the winners of six consecutive races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes. Anyone who has followed him on those races is top.
Now, with the 2022 Preakness Stakes coming up, Demling is sharing his picks and predictions on SportsLine. Go here to see them.
Best Preakness Stakes 2022 Predictions
One of Demling’s surprising picks for the Preakness Stakes in 2022: he fades Secret Oath, claiming one of the top favorites barely makes the top three. The three-year-old filly has been confirmed for the 2022 Preakness Stakes field and is listed at 11-2 and is coming off an impressive win at the Kentucky Oaks.
However, the last time she raced with the boys in the Arkansas Derby, she didn’t have a solid trip and coach D. Wayne Lukas admitted they were simply beaten. “We were overwhelmed,” Lukas said. “The race didn’t go the way you’d hoped. It just didn’t go. We got bumped at the start and it knocked her back too far and then she did this monster move ( at the second corner). It’s difficult to maintain it.”
Another stunner: Demling is high on simplification, despite being an 8-1 underdog. Demling notes that Simplification “closed” at the end of the Kentucky Derby, but finished fourth behind Rich Strike, Epicenter and Zandon. Simplification took third place in the Florida Derby and won the Fountain of Youth Stakes. He’s only raced once outside of Florida State, but has plenty of upside after a strong finish at the Run for the Roses.
How to pick and bet on Preakness Stakes 2022
Demling has just locked in his picks for Epicenter, Early Voting and all of the horses in the 2022 Preakness Stakes field. He’s also raised on a surprising horse with plenty of history on his side. Demling shares which horse it is, along with his entire projected ranking, on SportsLine.
Who wins the 2022 Preakness Stakes? And which underdog is a must-have? Check out the latest 2022 Preakness Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Demling’s picks for the 2022 Preakness Stakes, all from the expert who had 10 Derby-Oaks doubles and 9 of the last 17 Preakness winners.