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Epicenter the 7-5 favorite for the Travers Stakes

Epicenter leads 2022 Preakness Stakes odds without Derby champ Rich Strike

May 4, 2022; Louisville, KY, USA; An exercise rider works Kentucky Derby entry Epicenter during morning workouts at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Epicenter has been installed as the morning-line favorite for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course as he prepares to face the rivals who beat him in the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

Winner of the Grade 2 Jim Dandy Stakes just over three weeks ago at Saratoga and runnerup to Rich Strike in the Kentucky Derby and Early Voting in the Preakness, Epicenter is the 7-5 choice for the Grade 1 Travers at 1 1/4 miles and will go from the sixth post position with jockey Joel Rosario aboard.

Rich Strike, who won the Derby by three-quarters of a length, will go from the No. 2 position with jockey Sonny Leon aboard at 10-1 odds.

Early Voting is an 8-1 choice with jockey Jose Ortiz and will go off from post seven.

Cyberknife, winner of the $1 million Grade I Haskell Invitational, will be ridden by Florent Geroux and is the third choice at 7-2.

From the rail out, the field will be Cyberknife, Rich Strike, Ain’t Life Grand (20-1) with Tyler Gaffalione, Gilded Age (30-1) with Jorge Alvarado, Artorius (9-2) with Irad Ortiz, Epicenter, Early Voting, and Zandon (5-1) with Flavien Pratt.

Chad Brown, who leads the meeting with 31 wins, will saddle three of the eight entries - Artorius, Early Voting and Zandon.