2022 Preakness Stakes odds, predictions, lineup: Horse racing expert who called Medina Spirit enters picks

Despite having the morning line favorite in his stable, trainer Steve Asmussen’s winless streak at the Kentucky Derby extended to 24 when Epicenter was run down by Rich Strike in the first leg of the Triple Crown. However, the winningest trainer in the history of North American horse racing will be back with Epicenter in the 2022 Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Asmussen won the Preakness Stakes in 2007 with Curlin and in 2009 with legendary filly Rachel Alexandra. Epicenter is the 6-5 favorite in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Other 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders include Withers Stakes winner Early Voting (7-2) and Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath (9-2), who will look to become the seventh filly in history to win the Preakness. Post time for the $1.65 million Preakness Stakes 2022 is 7:01 p.m. ET. Given the shocking results of the Kentucky Derby, you’ll want to see what astute racing reporter and analyst Michelle Yu has to say before making any 2022 Preakness Stakes picks.

Few people in racing are as connected as Yu. An on-air host and reporter who has provided racing analysis for TVG, HRTV and the Breeders’ Cup, Yu has spent a lifetime in racing. Prior to her television career, she worked for trainers Steve Asmussen and Ron Moquett. She also is married to Santa Anita-based trainer Ryan Hanson.

She also has tremendous handicapping chops. In the 2011 Kentucky Derby, she correctly tabbed Animal Kingdom to win at a hefty 21-1. In the 2017 Breeders’ Cup, she nailed 11-1 long shot Wuheida to win the Filly and Mare Turf. Last year, in a wide-open Kentucky Derby, she gave out Medina Spirit, who crossed the finish line first, as the winner at 12-1. And in Pool 5 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager this year, she suggested a play on All Other 3-Year-Olds, which cashed at 18-1 when Rich Strike won the Derby.

Since joining SportsLine in November, her picks have cashed in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Sham Stakes, El Camino Real Derby, San Felipe Stakes, Santa Anita Handicap and Kentucky Oaks. Anyone who has followed her is way up.

Now, Yu has handicapped the 2022 Preakness Stakes field, made her picks and constructed her bets. Go to SportsLine to see them.

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One surprise: Yu isn’t high on Simplification, even though he is one of the 2022 Preakness Stakes favorites. The Antonio Sano-trained horse and son of the legendary Gun Runner finished a respectable fourth in the Kentucky Derby and now will make the short two-week turnaround to run the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Sano’s only other entrant in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes was Gunnevara in 2017, so his relative inexperience on the Triple Crown trail doesn’t bode well. Simplification will also break from the rail after drawing the No. 1 post and with most of the speed in this race to the middle or the outside, it’s not ideal positioning for jockey Jose Ortiz. 

How to make 2022 Preakness Stakes picks, bets

Yu’s top pick is a horse who “looks like a winner.” Yu is also high on a long shot whose “running style suits how the Preakness pace should develop.” She is including these horses in her 2022 Preakness Stakes bets, and so should you. She’s sharing which horses to back only at SportsLine.

So who wins the 2022 Preakness Stakes? What long shot is a must-back? And how has Yu constructed her wagers? Check out the Preakness Stakes odds below, then visit SportsLine to see Yu’s picks for the Preakness Stakes 2022, all from the expert who nailed Medina Spirit and this year’s Kentucky Derby futures wager.

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