Preakness Stakes 2022 results: Early Voting wins, favorite Epicenter in second and Creative Minister third

Early Voting USATSI 2022 Preakness Stakes

Early Voting, at 5-1 odds, powered through near-record heat to win the 147th Preakness Stakes by a length and a half. Jockey Jose Ortiz rode the horse to victory and Chad Brown is the winning trainer. The temperature was just under 90 degrees during the race at Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course, making Saturday's running one of the hottest in Preakness history.

The favorite, Epicenter (7-5), and Creative Minister (10-1) finished second and third, respectively. Epicenter, which placed second in the Kentucky Derby, has now finished as runner-up in each of the first two legs of the Triple Crown. 

Armagnac (17-1) led the race early with Early Voting just behind, but the latter pulled ahead with a quarter mile left to win despite a late surge from Epicenter. Here's the full race: 

Early Voting's victory was special on multiple fronts for owner Seth Klarman, whose horse Cloud Computing won the 2017 Preakness. The billionaire hedge fund manager turned 65 on race day, and he grew up a mere three blocks from Pimlico Race Course. 

Klarman and Brown were overcome with emotion after Early Voting crossed the finish line. 

"Cloud Computing was a once-in-a-lifetime," Klarman said after the race, "and now I have a second-in-a-lifetime."

Ortiz, who collected his first Preakness win, said it was Klarman's birthday gift after the race. 

Rich Strike, which shockingly won the Kentucky Derby with 80-1 odds, did not get chance for a Triple Crown by skipping Saturday's race. Owner Rick Dawson announced on May 12 he pulled the horse out for rest and recovery purposes. Rich Strike is next expected to compete in the Belmont Stakes on June 11. 

2022 Preakness Stakes payouts

  • 5 - Early Voting WIN: $13.40 PLACE: $4.60 SHOW: $3.60
  • 8 - Epicenter PLACE: $2.80 SHOW: $2.40
  • 2 - Creative Minister: SHOW: $4.20

$2.00 Exacta 5-8 $25.80
$1.00 Trifecta 5-8-2 $66.50
$1.00 Superfecta 5-8-2-4 $162.90

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May 21, 2022, 11:08 PM

With the "Riders Up" call, we're only 10 minutes away from post time in the 147th Preakness Stakes. Here are the horses some of the celebrities in attendance are picking to win:  

Television personality Gayle King: Secret Oath
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh: Happy Jack
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay: Simplification
Washington Commanders quarterback Carson Wentz: Skippylongstocking


Secret Oath (9-2) is seeking to become the seventh filly to win the Preakness Stakes. The last filly to win was Swiss Skydiver in 2020, and she posted the second-fastest time (1:53.28) in the race's history. Alexandra (2009) is the only other filly to win the Preakness in the last 97 years. 


The total purse will return to $1.5 million this year after two years at $1 million. The winner gets 60% ($900,000)

Last year, a record $112,504,509 was bet at the Preakness. The previous record handle was $99,852,693 in 2019 

CBS Sports Staff
May 21, 2022, 10:20 PM

The biggest long shot to win the Preakness was Master Derby in 1975 at 23-1. Oxbow won the 2013 Preakness as a 15-1 underdog, tied for the fifth biggest all-time.  

Biggest underdogs to win Preakness:

 - 1975 Master Derby 23-1

 - 1925 Coventry 21-1

 - 1926 Display 19-1

 - 1972 Bee Bee Bee 18-1

 - 2013 Oxbow 15-1

 - 1907 Don Enrique 15-1

 - 1900 Hindus 15-1

CBS Sports Staff
May 21, 2022, 10:00 PM

The largest winning margin at the Preakness is 11 ½ lengths by Smarty Jones in 2004. The most recent largest winning margin was seven lengths by 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, which was tied for the sixth-largest in history. 

Largest winning margins at Preakness by lengths:

 - 2004 Smarty Jones,  11 ½ 

 - 1873 Survivor, 10

 - 2003 Funny Cide, 9 ½ 

 - 1943 Count Fleet, 8

 - 1889 Buddhist, 8 

CBS Sports Staff
May 21, 2022, 9:40 PM

Fenwick is a huge riser, as his odds went from 50-1 this morning to 7-1 now. He's the son of the 2007 Preakness winner Curlin. After Rich Strike won the Kentucky Derby with 80-1 odds, the second-biggest upset in the race's history, bettors seem to believe it's time for another underdog victor. 


Six fillies (females) have won the Preakness with the last being Swiss Skydiver in 2020. Secret Oath -- which won the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6 -- will be the 56th filly in history to run in the Preakness and the 4th this century.

Fillies to win the Preakness Stakes: 

 - 1903 Flocarline

 - 1906 Whimsical

 - 1915 Rhine Maiden

 - 1924 Nellie Morse

 - 2009 Rachel Alexandra 

 - 2020 Swiss Skydiver  

CBS Sports Staff
May 21, 2022, 9:20 PM

The fastest time in the Preakness is 1:53 by Secretariat in 1973. 2020 winner Swiss Skydiver (filly) recorded the second-fastest time at 1:53.28

Fastest all-time Preakness times:

 - 1973 Secretariat   1:53.00 

 - 2020 Swiss Skydiver 1:53.28

 - 2007 Curlin   1:53.46

CBS Sports Staff
May 21, 2022, 9:00 PM

Three horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby will run in the Preakness:

 - Epicenter finished 2nd, three-quarters of a length behind Rich Strike 

 - Simplification finished 4th 

 - Happy Jack finished 14th 

Favorites have won 73 of the previous 146 Preakness Stakes (50%):

 - Epicenter is the 6-5 morning line favorite in the Preakness

 - The favorite has not won the past 3 years (2019-21) 

 - Justify was the last favorite to win (1-2) in 2018.

CBS Sports Staff
May 21, 2022, 8:45 PM

Welcome to CBS Sports' official live blog for the 147th Preakness Stakes. This race will be a hot one, as the forecast for Pimlico Race Course is 90 degrees at the 7:01 p.m. ET post time. The hottest ever Preakness day was 96 degrees back in 1934. 

With Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike not participating tonight for rest and recovery purposes, we're guaranteed a new horse will cross the finish line first. Here are the contenders along with their post positions and up-to-the-minute track odds: 

Post positions:

  1. Simplification (8-1)
  2. Creative Minister (10-1)
  3. Fenwick (11-1)
  4. Secret Oath (9-2)
  5. Early Voting (5-1)
  6. Happy Jack (10-1)
  7. Armagnac (17-1)
  8. Epicenter (7-5)
  9. Skippylongstocking (11-1)