The Preakness Stakes is an American Thoroughbred horse race we celebrate each year; on the third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. This is a Grade I race, in which the horses cover a distance of 9.5 furlongs on gravel. It is the second jewel (race) of the 2022 Triple Crown. So, it takes place two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes.
The first race in history was in 1873. The Preakness Stakes got its name from a former Governor of Maryland after the colt that won the first Dinner Party Stakes at Pimlico.
The Triple Crown is an extremely tough test for horses and their riders. Not only because of the short time between the three competitions; but also because the participating horses are not used to running such long distances in a race. The Triple Crown is one of the most difficult and prestigious goals for a racehorse.
As we have become accustomed to in recent years, apart from the winner of the Kentucky Derby, not many horses that participate in the Race of the Roses are in the second race of the North American Triple Crown. This 2022 will not be the exception, and just a few days after the pleasant surprise of Rich Strike’s victory in the Derby, we are starting to know who will be the horses that will say present in the Preakness Stakes next Saturday, May 21 in Pimlico.
Trainer Eric Reed estimates that his horse (Rich Strike) is constantly evolving. According to what he has observed in his training, he has not yet reached his maximum potential.
Rich Strike’s list of “new challengers” in this second Triple Crown race has as its main exponent the filly Secret Oath, the current winner of the Kentucky Oaks G1. Her trainer, D. Wayne Lukas had mentioned the possibility of facing the males for the second time. However, he was waiting for the result of the last race to discuss it with the owners.
Early Voting will be another of the probable entries, according to the work plan of his trainer Chad Brown.
Another entrant could be Un Ojo, the likable 3-year-old colt who was pulled from consideration for the Kentucky Derby with a hoof problem, from which he appears to have fully recovered.
Trainer Saffie Joseph Jr. will enter Skippylongstocking, third in the Grade 2 Wood Memorial.
Todd Pletcher, Brad Cox, and Tim Yakteen announced that none of their Kentucky Derby horses will run in the Preakness Stakes.
Confirmed horses for this Preakness Stakes and their betting odds for this race