The Triple Crown series in the U.S. will be up and running by the time the Preakness Stakes 2022 is run. This race is the second leg of the Triple Crown and has been one of the most famous throughout its esteemed history.
Fans from all over the U.S. travel to Maryland to watch the race, and it is annually the second-most attended horse race of the season, behind the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness Stakes betting odds always highlight a competitive race, but what factors should be considered before wagering on the Preakness Stakes odds?
History of the Preakness Stakes
The Preakness Stakes, is the second jewel of the U.S. Triple Crown, and annually takes place two weeks after the Kentucky Derby. It is also staged three weeks before the running of the final race, the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness Stakes was first run two years before the Kentucky Derby was introduced in 1873. However, during the early 1900s, the race was a handicap race called the Preakness Handicap.
The order of the Triple Crown races in the U.S. has been unchanged for the most part since 1932, with the Preakness Stakes making up the second leg. However, the Preakness and Kentucky Derby have been run on the same day on two occasions, with the famous races both being staged on May 12, 1917, and May 13, 1922. The only other time that the traditional order wasn’t followed came in 2020, as the Preakness was run as the third leg of the Triple Crown due to COVID-19.
The Preakness in its current format is run over a distance of 1 3/16 miles. It takes place annually at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Like the other two Triple Crown races, it is run on a dirt surface, and the track is a left-handed course. Horses that are three can enter the race, while fillies are also eligible, and can carry less weight. The current purse for the Preakness stands at $1.5 million.
Preakness Stakes Records
The Preakness is most famous, as it holds the speed record across the Triple Crown races. Secretariat remains that esteemed record holder, as he won the 1973 edition of the race over 1 3/16 miles is, an astonishing time of 1:53. However, Smarty Jones, who won the race in 2004, holds the record for the widest margin of victory, as he won by a staggering 11 ½ lengths.
Eddie Arcaro is the leading jockey in the history of the Preakness, as he won the illustrious second leg of the Triple Crown on six occasions between 1941 and 1957. Two trainers are tied for the most wins in the race, as Bob Baffert and R. Wyndham Walden have both recorded seven victories.
Meanwhile, Calumet Farm boasts the record for most winners as an owner. Unlike the Kentucky Derby, fillies have experienced success in the Preakness on a more consistent basis. Swiss Skydiver became the sixth filly to win the race in 2020, joining Rachel Alexandra (2009), Nellie Morse (1924), Rhine Maiden (1915), Whimsical (1906), and Flocarline (1903).
Preakness Stakes Last 5 Winners
It is always worth examining the previous winners of the race before making a wager on the Preakness Stakes betting odds. The race winners prior to the Preakness Stakes 2022 can be found below.
War Of Will
Mike E Smith
Tips On How To Win With Preakness Stakes
Before making a wager on the Preakness Stakes odds, it is worth examining some factors that could help find the winner. Below, you can find some tips to ensure that you have the best chance of finding the winner in the Preakness Stakes betting this year.
Learn more about the horse racing betting markets available when wagering on the Preakness Stakes odds here.
Preakness Stakes Frequently Asked Questions
The Preakness Stakes 2022 takes place on Saturday, May 21st. The race is typically run on the third Saturday in May.
The most famous winner of the Preakness Stakes was Secretariat in 1973. The winner clocked the fastest Triple Crown time when winning in 1:53.
Rombauer was the shock winner of the race in 2021 for trainer Michael McCarthy. Midnight Bourbon finished in second place, while Medina Spirit finished the Preakness in third for Bob Baffert.
Before making a wager on the race, bettors should examine the form of the horses involved. Furthermore, trainer and jockey strike rates at Pimlico should be considered, while bettors should also look to ensure that they make their wager on the best odds.
There have been six fillies that have won the Preakness Stakes. The most recent female winner came in 2020, as Swiss Skydiver won the second leg of the Triple Crown for Kenneth McPeek.