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Preakness Stakes 2022 predictions, top bets: Expert picks for win, place, show, trifecta, superfecta

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While every horse trainer dreams of winning a triple crown, many would be satisfied to take just one of its coveted jewels. The Preakness Stakes has a rich history all its own, but it also serves as retribution for horses who couldn't pull out a win in the Kentucky Derby. Epicenter enters Saturday's 2022 Preakness Stakes as the 6-5 favorite, but trainer Steve Asmussen was surely left disappointed after Rich Strike snatched away a Kentucky Derby win at the last moment. Epicenter and Rich Strike won't have a chance to face off again until the Belmont Stakes at the earliest, but in the meantime, the former will have to hold off fellow Derby adversaries Simplification (6-1) and Happy Jack (30-1) once more. He'll also face other 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders like Kentucky Oaks champion Secret Oath (9-2), Armagnac (12-1) and Creative Minister (10-1). Post time for the Preakness 2022 is 7:01 p.m. ET. With so much to consider while making your 2022 Preakness Stakes picks, a little expert help can go a long way.

In 2005, Afleet Alex was locked in a battle with Closing Argument in the final straight heading to the finish line in the Kentucky Derby before Giacomo surged to beat them at the end. A few weeks later, Afleet Alex took his revenge in dramatic fashion in the Preakness Stakes. With both Giacomo and Closing Argument in an expansive 14-horse field, the brown colt recovered from a stumble after a bump with Scrappy T to go on and win. Afleet Alex removed all doubt about his dominance in the final leg of the triple crown, with a win by nearly seven lengths at the Belmont Stakes. 

Given all the history, there's a method to picking which horses to focus on for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets in a Preakness Stakes like this, and SportsLine expert Jody Demling knows what it is. He can help you make the best 2022 Preakness Stakes picks possible.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling has been on-point with his horse racing bets. In fact, this is the same handicapper who has called the Preakness winner nine times in the last 17 years. In the 2020 Preakness Stakes, Demling nailed the Swiss Skydiver-Authentic exacta.

He hit the exacta in the Wood Memorial in April. Last year, he hit the exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the Belmont Stakes. He's also hit the Derby-Oaks double at Churchill Downs 10 times in the last 14 years, including this year's massive upset with Rich Strike. That means he held a ticket with the winners of both the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby all but four times in his last 14 tries.

In addition, at one point in 2020, he picked the winners of six straight races: the Saudi Cup, Gotham Stakes, Rebel Stakes, Louisiana Derby, Florida Derby and Belmont Stakes. Anyone who has followed him on these races is way up. Now, he's sharing all of his 2022 Preakness Stakes bets here.

Top 2022 Preakness Stakes expert picks

Here's a refresher on these types of bets from SportsLine's Jody Demling:

Preakness Stakes Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 exacta returned $49.30 at the 2021 Preakness Stakes with Rombauer and Midnight Bourbon.

Preakness Stakes Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 trifecta returned $162.70 at the 2021 Preakness Stakes with Rombauer, Midnight Bourbon and Medina Spirit.

Preakness Stakes Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 superfecta returned a colossal $1,025.50 at the 2021 Preakness Stakes with Rombauer, Midnight Bourbon, Medina Spirit and Keepmeinmind.

While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of Epicenter (6-5) and Early Voting (7-2), he plans to hold tickets with Secret Oath (9-2) as well as four double-digit underdogs who could really spice up the payouts. You can see his picks here.

How to make 2022 Preakness Stakes bets

Demling has specific recommendations for exacta, trifecta and superfecta wagers so you can cover all your bases at the Preakness Stakes 2022. He's sharing them over at SportsLine.

So which horses do you take? And in what combinations? Visit SportsLine to get Demling's picks for exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets for the 2022 Preakness Stakes.

2022 Preakness Stakes odds, field, contenders

HorseOddsProjection
Epicenter6-5SEE PICKS
Early Voting7-2SEE PICKS
Secret Oath 9-2SEE PICKS
Simplification6-1SEE PICKS
Creative Minister10-1SEE PICKS
Armagnac12-1SEE PICKS
Skippylongstocking20-1SEE PICKS
Happy Jack 30-1SEE PICKS
Fenwick50-1SEE PICKS
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