Open AccountOpen AccountDeposit 
DepositMy Bets
Join usDeposit
CasinoLive CasinoPromotionsSports

Learn How to Bet on the Preakness Stakes

Introduction to the Preakness Stakes

The 147th Preakness Stakes will take place on May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown, as it is called, is a Grade 1 horse racing event and is the second race of America's famed Triple Crown, alongside the Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes. The race is run left handed on a dirt track that is 9.5 furlongs, or 1 13⁄16 miles.

Up to 14 horses will run in this year's Preakness, depending on whether they qualify or can win automatic berths in earlier Graded horse races.

Horse Racing Bets

Horse racing bets are straightforward, the three standard bets that can be found are called the Win, Place and Each-Way bet. The win is a bet on which horse will win the race, the bet can be placed on any of the competing horses, with odds on each horse that are calculated by the bookie. The place bet will have reduced odds as it is a bet on whether a horse will finish in first or second. The each-way bet is a mixture of the two, as it is a straight bet on whether the horse will win, but pays out a portion if the horse finishes second. This makes it a safer way to back a horse without reducing the odds too significantly.

In addition to the standard bets, there are a number of more specific bets that offer far higher odds. These are the Exacta, Quinella, Trifecta and Superfecta, and they are also referred to as "exotic bets". The Exacta is a bet on which horses will place first and second, in the correct order. The Quinella is also for which horses will place first and second, but without needing the correct order. The Trifecta is a bet on which horses will finish in first, second and third places, in the correct order. The Superfecta is the most difficult bet of them all, but also has the highest payout by a great distance. The Superfecta bet is on which horses will finish in the first, second, third and fourth place in the correct order.

How to Bet on the Preakness Stakes

Many fans of horse racing will back their favourite horses or put money on the horses they admire most. There are some who may want to place a bet for the sheer thrill and they may place their bet based upon arbitrary aspects such as a horse's name or colour. Needless to say, either way will give surges of adrenaline that make the atmosphere even more electrifying, but there are ways to place a more calculated bet with a better chance of winning.

Before each race, there are certain conditions that can be taken into consideration when placing a bet, these include which horse runs better on the type of the track (turf, dirt or artificial), the form of the horse going into the race, the jockeys history at the track (if it applies), weather conditions and more.

2022 Preakness Stakes Entries

Currently the contenders for Preakness Stakes are still racing to win their berths, these are split into tables that are distinguished by US bred horses, Japanese horses and European horses.

Classic Causeway

Classic Causeway is a colt bred and owned by Kentucky West Racing LLC. He was sired by Giant's Causeway, a highly successful racehorse and is trained by Brian A. Lynch. Amassing over $300,000 in his career, Classic Causeway has three Graded starts, winning once, placing second once and finishing third once.


Bred and trained in Florida, Pappacap is a colt who is owned by Rustlewood Farm and trained by Mark E. Casse. Pappacap has won just under $600,000 in his career, placing first and second twice apiece and third once from six career starts that include five Graded races.


Epicenter is a colt owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds and trained by arguably one of the greatest trainers in Steven M. Asmussen. The colt shows promise for 2022 though he has so far only run one Graded race where he placed second, although he has won two out of three of his starts in non Graded events.

White Abarrio

Ownership of White Abarrio is split between C2 Racing Stable and La Milagrosia Stable. The grey coated colt is trained by Saffie A. Joseph Jr. and has won over $240,000 in his career earnings. He has two Graded starts where he placed first and third place, as well as two non Graded starts where he placed first twice.

Mo Donegal

This colt is owned by Donegal Racing and trained by Todd A. Pletcher. Earning over $220,000 from his race winnings, Mo Donegal has run two Graded races where he placed first and third place, he also ran two non Graded races where he has the same record.

Rattle N Roll

This Kentucky based colt is owned by Lucky Seven Stable and is trained by Kenneth G. McPeek. From a career of three starts in non Graded events he has won once, and he also had one Graded start which he won, earning him $380,000.

Jack Christopher

Jack Christopher is yet another Kentucky based colt who is owned by Bakke, Jim, Isbister, Gerald, Coolmore Stud and Brant, Peter M. He may be less experienced than some of the other contenders having only two career starts, yet he won both his starts that included one Graded event. He has earned $330,000 from his races.

Make It Big

Make It Big is a colt who started his career in 2021 with great success. He is owned by Red Oak Stable and trained by Saffie A. Joseph Jr. and won three of his four starts last year. This year he had a start in his first Graded race but failed to place. In his career the colt has earned over $300,000.

Smile Happy

This colt is owned by Lucky Seven Stable and trained by Kenneth G. McPeek, and he has earned over $280,000 in his career. The dark bay colt is a leading contender due to his two wins from his two starts, including one Graded race.

Slow Down Andy

Slow Down Andy is a Californian colt who is owned by Reddam Racing and trained by Doug F. O'Neill. He has one win from one Graded start and has placed first and second from his two non Graded starts, earning him $250,000.

Major General

This colt is owned by WinStar Farm and Siena Farm. Trained by Todd A. Pletcher, Major General has two wins from two starts, including one Graded start. He has earnt over $170,000 in his career so far.

Dash Attack

Dash Attack is a Kentucky based colt who belongs to a group of owners: Catalyst Stable, Magdalena Racing, Pollard, Kevin J. and Slevin, Patty. He is also trained by Kenneth G. McPeek and started twice in non Graded events, winning one, and started once in a Graded event which he won.

Early Voting

This dark bay colt belongs to the Klaravich Stables in Kentucky, and he is trained by Chad C. Brown, one of the most successful modern trainers. Early Voting has only made two starts in his young career, one non Graded start in which he did not place, but also one Graded start where he won. He has earned over $180,000 in his career.

Call Me Midnight

Call Me Midnight is a colt owned by Peter L. Cantrell and is trained by J. Keith Desormeaux. He has made seven starts, five of which were not Graded where he won once and placed second once. He has started two Graded races, of which he won one, bringing his career earnings to $120,000.

Consigliere (JPN)

Consigliere is a Japanese bred colt owned by Kazumi Yoshida and trained by Yukio Inagaki. So far he has run two races and won both, earning over $200,000.

Luxembourg (IRE)

This Irish colt is owned by Westerberg, J Magnier, Tabor and Smith, and is trained by A P O'Brien. He has started three races and won all three.

Angel Bleu (FR)

Angel Bleu is a French colt who is owned by M Chan and trained by Ralph M Beckett. He had eight starts last year, and won five times and placed second and third once each. He has earned over $580,000 in career winnings.

Royal Patronage (FR)

Royal Patronage is also a French colt, owned by Highclere T'Bred Racing and trained by Mark S. Johnson. He has earned over $165,000 from his six starts, where he won three times and placed second once.

Related Articles