July 4, 2022

Get to know the 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders

Preakness scenic from Pimlico (Photo by Cecilia Gustavsson/Horsephotos.com)

***Updated after Monday’s post position draw

The 80-1 Rich Strike, who sprang the second-biggest upset in the 148-year history of the Kentucky Derby (G1), has been ruled out of the May 21 Preakness (G1).

Derby runner-up Epicenter, the narrowly-beaten favorite, will seek compensation in the second jewel of the Triple Crown. While just two re-oppose from Churchill Downs, he will meet high-profile newcomers. Kentucky Oaks (G1) heroine Secret Oath is set to tackle the boys, and Withers (G3) winner Early Voting deliberately passed on the Derby to aim here.

Here’s the Preakness field with post positions and morning-line odds:

Kentucky Derby alumni

Epicenter, post 8, 6-5 favorite

Jockey Joel Rosario guides Epicenter to victory in the Risen Star Stakes (Photo by Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir)

The 4.10-1 Derby favorite appeared to be on his way to victory until collared by Rich Strike late.

Owner: Winchell Thoroughbreds; Trainer: Steve Asmussen; Jockey: Joel Rosario

Pedigree: Not This Time-Silent Candy, by Candy Ride

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Simplification, post 1, 6-1

Simplification wins the Fountain of Youth Stakes (Photo by Coglianese Photos)

Derby fourth, who offered a solid rally, is confirmed for the Preakness.

Owners: Tami Bobo and Tristan de Meric; Trainer: Antonio Sano; Jockey: John Velazquez

Pedigree: Not This Time-Simply Confection, by Candy Ride

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Happy Jack, post 6, 30-1

Happy Jack at Santa Anita Park (Photo by Benoit Photography)

Derby 14th was a fringe player in the Southern California preps.

Owner: Calumet Farm; Trainer: Doug O’Neill; Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Pedigree: Oxbow-Tapitstry, by Tapit

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Newcomers to Triple Crown

Secret Oath, post 4, 9-2

Secret Oath with Luis Saez riding wins the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs (Photo by Horsephotos)

Kentucky Oaks star was a better-than-appears third in the Arkansas Derby (G1) in her prior try versus males.

Owner: Briland Farm; Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas; Jockey: Luis Saez

Pedigree: Arrogate-Absinthe Minded, by Quiet American

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Early Voting, post 5, 7-2

Early Voting wins the Withers Stakes (Photo by Chelsea Durand/Coglianese Photos)

Withers romper, just caught late in the Wood Memorial (G2), has had the middle jewel as his goal.

Owner: Klaravich Stables; Trainer: Chad Brown; Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Pedigree: Gun Runner-Amour d’Ete, by Tiznow

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Skippylongstocking, post 9, 20-1

Skippylongstocking at Gulfstream Park (Photo by Ryan Thompson/Coglianese Photos)

Wood Memorial third is on the upswing.

Owner: Daniel Alonso; Trainer: Saffie Joseph; Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Pedigree: Exaggerator-Twinkling, by War Chant

Creative Minister, post 2, 10-1

Creative Minister at Churchill Downs (Photo by Coady Photography)

Sharp allowance scorer on Kentucky Derby undercard was supplemented for $150,000.

Owner: Fern Circle Stables & Back Racing; Trainer: Kenny McPeek; Jockey: Brian Hernandez

Pedigree: Creative Cause-Tamboz, by Tapit

Armagnac, post 7, 12-1

Amagnac at Santa Anita Park (Photo by Benoit Photo)

Santa Anita Derby (G1) fourth rebounded with an allowance romp.

Owners: SF Racing, Starlight Racing, Madaket Stables et al; Trainer: Tim Yakteen; Jockey: Irad Ortiz

Pedigree: Quality Road-Kitty Wine, by Lemon Drop Kid

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Fenwick, post 3, 50-1

Fenwick at Tampa Bay Downs (Photo by SV Photography)

Tampa Bay Downs maiden winner checked in last of 11 behind Zandon in the Blue Grass (G1).

Owner: Villa Rosa Farm & Harlo Stable; Trainer: Kevin McKathan

Pedigree: Curlin-Make the Sun Shine, by Malibu Moon

7 Comments on Get to know the 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders

  1. Rich Strike It’s out of the Preakness which to me you should not be able to run in the Belmont if he comes back Just to me just ruined unless injury another triple Crown They need to do something about this maybe put 3 weeks between every race to save the horses Do I get an Amen

    • Amen (well sort of, hehe) — in practice it is a pretty rare horse than can produce top 3 top efforts over a 5-week span and few owners want to take the chance. Even 3 weeks in between races probably isn’t enough. The fragility of the modern thoroughbred has led to most of the superstar racehorses resting 2+ months off between races. I would see no problem revamping the Triple Crown with a July Preakness, and a September Belmont to encourage all of the shining stars sport to participate on Triple Crown race days. Good for everyone — horses and the fans (bettors). The 5-week long Triple Crown is an outdated tradition that discourages participation.

  2. must have participated in the Derby to run in Preakness, then the Belmonte; no more sitting on the side lines and trying to ambush..

  3. It’s a trainer’s/owmer’s right to enter any race for which the horse is eligible. This isn’t just for the Triple Crown, they are individual races, and it has been this way for a long, long time. A Triple Crown horse has to be good enough to dispatch all contenders, regardless of what race they exit.

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