Preakness 2017 Race Preview
Favorites to win the 2017 Preakness Stakes
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The field has been set for the 142nd edition of the Preakness Stakes and there is one favorite who stands above the rest – Always Dreaming, the winner of the Kentucky Derby. There are several other legitimate contenders at short prices as well.
One thing to keep in mind is that, unlike the Kentucky Derby, the post position draw is not as critically important. The field for the Preakness Stakes is significantly smaller and because of that, the race typically runs in a more predictable manner.
Here is the field for the Preakness Stakes along with morning line odds.
1. Multiplier, 30-1
2. Cloud Computing, 12-1
3. Hence, 20-1
4. Always Dreaming, 4-5
5. Classic Empire, 3-1
6. Gunnevera, 15-1
7. Term of Art, 30-1
8. Senior Investment, 30-1
9. Lookin at Lee, 10-1
10. Conquest Mo Money, 15-1
Always Dreaming – 4-5
Always Dreaming has done absolutely everything right up to this point. This lightly raced colt may be short on experience but clearly has no shortage of talent – he made his stakes debut only two starts back in the Florida Derby (G1) and won handily. He went to the gate of the Kentucky Derby as the lukewarm favorite in the contentious field and delivered to earn his fourth straight victory.
How good is he? We will find out on Saturday.
The only potential knock against him is the law of gravity as applied to horse racing handicapping. What comes up must come down and, in horses, they all must take a step backwards eventually. He has been forwardly progressing with every race so far and seems due to bounce.
Classic Empire- 3-1
Classic Empire is the reigning champion juvenile and capped off his Eclipse Award winning season last year with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1).
Though his sophomore season got off to a rocky start with some physical and behavioral issues, he appears to be back on track. He ran a dynamite race in the Kentucky Derby despite suffering possibly the worst, roughest trip of all. He was lucky to come out of the race relatively unscathed. His minor eye injury healed quickly.
He has the talent to run with the best of his generation and with a better trip may be able to turn the tables on Always Dreaming.
Lookin at Lee – 10-1
Lookin at Lee will try to emulate his sire, Lookin at Lucky, who won this race in 2010. He ran second in the Kentucky Derby and will get a chance to prove whether that was a fluke performance at odds of 33-1 or if he is a legitimate threat on the rise. When a closer picks up the pieces like he did at the end of a race like the Kentucky Derby, you have to wonder if all he was doing was passing tired rivals.
However, he has been reasonably consistent throughout his career and has proven he can be competitive everywhere. Trainer Steve Asmussen looks like he could have a loaded hand for this race with both this colt and Hence.
What do you do with these favorites? I think Classic Empire will be able to redeem himself after the Kentucky Derby but Always Dreaming, even with a subpar effort, is good enough to be in the mix. I will round out my exotics with the consistent Gunnevera and big longshot Term of Art.
1. #5 Classic Empire
2. #4 Always Dreaming
3. #6 Gunnevera
4. #7 Term of Art
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