In a shocking development, the connections of Rich Strike, who won the Kentucky Derby at 80-1, said on Thursday that the horse will skip the 2022 Preakness Stakes on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. By bypassing the race, Rich Strike becomes the first Kentucky Derby winner to skip the Preakness for reasons other than injury or illness since Spend a Buck in 1985. Epicenter is the 2022 Preakness Stakes favorite at 3-1 in the 2022 Preakness Stakes odds. Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath (11-2), Wood Memorial runner-up Early Voting (6-1) and Derby fourth place finisher Simplification (8-1) are other top 2022 Preakness Stakes contenders. Given the shocking results of the Kentucky Derby, you’ll want to see what racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker Bob Weir has to say before making any 2022 Preakness Stakes picks.
A Saratoga Springs-based racing insider and Beyer Speed Figure maker, Weir is a two-time qualifier for the prestigious National Horseplayers Championship in Las Vegas. He has produced multiple 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 hit 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 red-hot in the Triple Crown prep races, hitting the superfecta in the Blue Grass Stakes, the trifecta in the Louisiana Derby and exactas in the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Tampa Bay Derby. He also has hit the trifecta in the Pegasus World Cup and multiple Pick 4s, among other scores. Anyone who has followed him is way up.
Now, he has handicapped the 2022 Preakness Stakes lineup, made his picks and constructed his bets. He’s only sharing them here.
Top 2022 Preakness Stakes expert predictions
One surprise: Weir is playing against Kentucky Oaks winner Secret Oath, even though she is one of the top 2022 Preakness Stakes favorites. A daughter of one of the most accomplished horses of the last 10 years, Arrogate, Secret Oath has four wins in her last five starts. She is coming off a victory in the Kentucky Oaks on May 6.
But her lone loss in her last five starts came in her only other attempt against colts in the Arkansas Derby. In that race, she finished third to Cyberknife and Barber Road, who ended up finishing 18th and sixth, respectively in the Kentucky Derby. “Considering how she flattened in the Arkansas Derby in her other try against the boys, I will be playing against her in what should be a tougher spot,” Weir told SportsLine.