This year’s Preakness was held on 5/21/22 at Pimlico. The finishing order was 5 (Early Voting), 8 (Epicenter), 2 (Creative Minister), 4 (Secret Oath). In my last post I listed 4,5,8 as my picks for the Preakness. I just noticed that I made an error listing Simplification as horse #5. Simplification was actually horse #1. I did place a trifecta box wager with 4,5,8 which was a better pick than 4,1,8. But, I still missed the trifecta because Secret Oath couldn’t get past Creative Minister in the stretch. The 50-cent trifecta paid $33.25.
I also played the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness double with 9,10 to win on Friday and 4,5 to win on Saturday in the Preakness. It’s an interesting wager because, if you hit the first half of the wager, you have to wait a day to see the outcome. This 2-day wager is called the Oaks/Derby double for the Kentucky Derby. I didn’t even come close on that one this year. But in the BES/Preakness double, luck was on my side. The #9 horse won the Black-Eyed Susan on Friday at 6 to 1. For the second race, I was betting against the favorite Epicenter in the Preakness. On Saturday I felt confident that Brad Cox’s strategy to skip the Kentucky Derby would pay off. I was happy to see #5 Early Voting win the Preakness at 5 to 1 giving me a $50.50 win.
Now it’s on to the Belmont Stakes held on June 11th, 2022. Too early to know which horses will be running. Right now, the top contenders are Epicenter, Rich Strike, Early Voting, Simplification, and Mo Donegal.