Pimlico horse racing is featuring the 2022 Preakness Stakes, and it runs this Saturday with a quality field of thoroughbreds in the line up.
Epicenter is the talk of the horse racing betting world after narrowly missing a win at the Kentucky Derby. Secret Oath, and standout filly, maybe the ones to watch.
Even though there are only nine competitors, this race has the potential to be one of the most entertaining of the season.
Secret Oath Demands Respect
Some bettors may be hesitant to dismiss filly Secret Oath, but the daughter of Arrogate is one of the best fillies around.
She won the Kentucky Oaks in a lightning-fast time, and we believe that form will serve her well in the Preakness.
She is the only filly in the second leg of the Triple Crown, so connections have high hopes for the 3-year-old, who could add her name to the history books.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas has a +550 chance at Pimlico, and he knows what’s at stake.
“If she puts the Preakness on her résumé, it will take her to another level,” Lukas told Blood Horse. “She’ll be thought of as one of the really good ones.”
We believe she is right up there among the best fillies the track has ever seen, and the five-time winner has plenty of experience at her disposal.
She has eight starts under her belt, which may make a major difference as they near the finish line. Her fitness levels are strong and we’re confident with her chances.
We anticipate the +550 to remain steady at the sportsbook, and we’d be glad to back her somewhere near +400, so the Pimlico horse racing betting odds are in her favor.
Epicenter at Forefront of Preakness Markets
Epicenter finished second in the Kentucky Derby, and despite the fact that the field was weaker than normal, Epicenter is a top-notch thoroughbred with many wins in store.
Halfway down the straight, the Steve Asmussen-trained colt appeared to have the race won before being passed by outsider Rich Strike, but it was still a good effort in defeat.
Asmussen believes the son of Not This Time has recovered well and is looking excellent in the workouts, which is a good sign following an arduous campaign.
“We just gave him an easy half-mile nine days off of the Derby,” Asmussen said. “Obviously, we’re very happy how Epicenter came out of the Derby. He’s consistently been a sound horse and heads up to Baltimore early (Tuesday) morning.”
Pimlico horse racing odds have Epicenter at +145 to win. It’s a shorter-than-expected quote but his record speaks for itself.
It’s Simple for Simplification
The formula is an easy one for Simplification; run slightly better than his Kentucky Derby fourth and he should figure in the finish.
Leaving out Simplification could be a mistake, especially given his performance in the Kentucky Derby.
It was a far stronger performance than predicted, and it came after a third-place finish in the Florida Derby, indicating that he hasn’t done much wrong in the lead-up.
The Antonio Sano-trained colt has also placed in the Holy Bull and won the Mucho Macho Man. He has been at Pimlico since May 10, so the planning began early and he should be enjoying his surroundings.
Horse racing news came out of Pimlico this week and by all accounts, Simplification has settled in well.
He is a +850 chance with the sportsbook and he could set the Pimlico horse racing scene alight.Follow us on Twitter