A near-full crowd is expected to be in attendance for the first time in three years when the 2022 Preakness Stakes take place at Pimlico Racecourse on Saturday. Two years ago, Pimlico officially didn’t allow any fans for the race to run in October due to COVID-19. Last year, the track peaked at 10,000 spectators. This year, the Preakness could approach the pre-pandemic crowd of 131,256 in 2019. Kentucky Derby runner-up Epicenter is the morning line favorite 6-5 in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Wood Memorial runner-up, Early Voting , is the 7-2 second pick in the 13-horse field of the 2022 Preakness Stakes, while Kentucky Oaks heroine Secret Oath is 9-2. The Preakness 2022 release time is 7:01 PM ET. Given the shocking Kentucky Derby results, you’ll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any picks for the 2022 Preakness Stakes.
A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir has twice qualified for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. He’s produced several five-figure days at the track over the years, including a $60,000 Pick 6 at Del Mar in 2014. Last year, he was on fire. He reached the exacta in the Sam F. Davis Stakes, Tampa Bay Derby and Peter Pan Stakes, the trifecta in the Risen Star Stakes, Blue Grass Stakes and Pennsylvania Derby and the superfecta in the Belmont Stakes.
This year he has been fiery in the Triple Crown prep races, achieving superfecta in the Blue Grass Stakes, trifecta in the Louisiana Derby and exactas in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. He also achieved the Pegasus World Cup trifecta and multiple Pick 4s, among other scores. Everyone who followed him is upstairs.
Now he’s handicapped the 2022 Preakness Stakes lineup, making his picks and building his bets. He’s just sharing them here.
Top Preakness Stakes 2022 Expert Predictions
A surprise: Weir is playing against Secret Oath, winners of the Kentucky Oaks, even though she is a favorite in the 2022 Preakness Stakes at 9-2 and drew the No. 4 post. The third pick on the morning line, Secret Oath has won four of his last five starts. She is coming off a career-defining victory, a two-length victory at the Kentucky Oaks.
However, she didn’t do well the last time she challenged the Colts, finishing third in the Arkansas Derby behind Cyberknife and Barber Road, who finished 18th and 6th respectively in the Kentucky Derby. “She’s been running nonstop since October and hasn’t produced speed numbers that prove she can win in a place like this,” Weir told SportsLine. Secret Oath appears in very few of Weir’s 2022 Preakness Stakes bets.
How to make picks for Preakness Stakes 2022
Weir’s first choice in the Preakness is a horse that has attracted an extremely favorable position. Weir is also high on a long shot and a “late bloomer” with plenty of speed. Weir includes these horses in his 2022 Preakness Stakes bets, and so should you. He shares horses to support only at SportsLine.
So who wins the Preakness Stakes? Which long shot is a must-back? And how did Weir build his bets? Check out the 2022 Preakness odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Weir’s picks for the Preakness Stakes, all from the expert who made it through this year’s prep races.