Preakness Trifecta Picks, Advice and Tips

Here are my Preakness Trifecta Picks for this weekend’s race. Longshot Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike is not running the Preakness Stakes. Kentucky Derby favorite Epicenter now assumes the mantle of prohibitive Preakness favorite.

2022 Preakness Stakes Trifecta Part Wheel Bet

  • Key 1: Epicenter, Secret Oath
  • Key 2: Epicenter, Secret Oath, Creative Minister
  • Key 3: Epicenter, Secret Oath, Creative Minister, Simplification

Total Cost: $8, $1 per combination

Ways to bet Trifectas

There are 3 ways to bet trifectas. The simplest is the straight trifecta. It’s also difficult to reliably win. Trifecta Boxes and Wheels are two alternatives. You can add more than 3 horses to your bet. This increases the likelihood of winning with a higher upfront investment.

The following video explains how to place a wheel bet. The procedure is the same for exactas and superfectas. Watch the entire video for help with other bets!

  1. Straight Trifecta Bet – Pick 3 horses to finish in the top 3 positions. Final order matters.
  2. Trifecta Box Bet – Pick any number of horses to finish in the top 3 positions. Final order does not matter.
  3. Trifecta Part Wheel Bet – Select horses to key into each position: first, second and third. Final order does matter depending on how you key each horse.

Efficiency Matters

Trifecta Boxes are more likely to win because final order does not matter. But a box is less efficient than a wheel because you end up buying more combinations than you need.

Trifecta Part Wheels are harder to win because you must select and key horses correctly. However a part wheel is more efficient than a box. You will invest less bankroll to potentially win more money.

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Preakness Trifecta Picks & Advice

I recommend a 4 horse Trifecta Part Wheel, keying 2 horses in the first position, 3 horses in the second position and 4 horses in the third. Why?

A 4 horse Trifecta Box costs $24, $1 per combination. But a 4 horse Trifecta Part Wheel using my recommendation is only $8, $1 per combination.

You save money because your third horse is excluded from the first key. Also, your fourth horse is excluded from both the first and second keys. Why pay for extra horses in the first key if you don’t think either can win!

You’ll be making a more efficient bet with higher profit potential. And you’ll be way ahead of the novices betting it all on one horse!

How to Key Horses in a Trifecta Part Wheel

Review the above clip from our “How to Bet on Horses” video tutorial. I’ll discuss this wager and each horse below.

Let’s assemble our Trifecta Part Wheel keys from the Preakness Odds table. As of writing, Epicenter’s odds are +125. Put him in all 3 keys.

Epicenter finished second in the Kentucky Derby to longshot winner Rich Strike (80-1 odds). Epicenter has since become the Preakness favorite, even before Rich Strike dropped out of the race.

Now let’s pick one more horse for the first key. Also add this horse to your 2nd and 3rd keys.

Secret Oath, a filly, joins the Preakness field having defeated 13 other horses in the 2022 Kentucky Oaks.

Next, we’ll add a third horse to our 2nd key. Also put this horse in the 3rd key.

Creative Minister won an Allowance on Derby Day at Churchill Downs. He also won a MSW at Keeneland on April 9, 2022.

Finally we’ll add a 4th and final horse to our 3rd key only.

Simplification was 4th at the Kentucky Derby and won the G2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 5, 2022.

MSW Abbreviation: MSW means “Maiden Special Weight”. It’s an event reserved for horses who have never won a race.
MCL Abbreviation: MCL means “Maiden Claiming Weight”. It’s an event reserved for horses who have never won a race. Unlike the MSW, trainers may claim a horse for a fixed price.

2022 Preakness Trifecta Picks

2022 Preakness Stakes Trifecta Part Wheel Bet

  • Key 1: Epicenter, Secret Oath
  • Key 2: Epicenter, Secret Oath, Creative Minister
  • Key 3: Epicenter, Secret Oath, Creative Minister, Simplification

Total Cost: $8, $1 per combination

How to Place a Preakness Trifecta Wheel Bet?

Visit our recommended online race books below. Wait until the field is set and each horse is assigned a starting position. Fill out your Trifecta Wheel ticket with each horse’s corresponding number. Then sit back and get rich!

Preakness Required Reading

More Trifecta betting information, cost tables and advice:

  1. Trifecta Wheel Betting – Includes trifecta wheel equation, calculations and cost tables.
  2. Trifecta Box Betting – Discussion of Trifecta Box Bet, cost calculation and tables

References


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