Preakness Stakes Expert Predictions
Preakness Stakes Betting Analysis
By Jessica Paquette
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Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming is scheduled to face nine rivals in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes. The brilliant colt won the Kentucky Derby and in doing so, gave trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez each their second victory in the world’s most prestigious horse race. Pletcher has won practically every race in the country but has never won the Preakness – could Always Dreaming be the horse that adds that accolade to his decorated mantle?
Always Dreaming does have history on his side – 35 horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, and of that number, 12 have gone on to sweep the Triple Crown.
There is a long way to go for him to be considered in contention for the Triple Crown but the Preakness is the next hurdle to jump. The colt has done everything right in his brief career and will be trying to earn his fifth straight victory. While he is a very deserving favorite, he may also be a vulnerable one, too.
Leading up to the Run for the Roses, he was training out of his skin. He was training with such excitement that his trainer had to change exercise riders and add draw reins to make him more manageable in the morning. Always Dreaming ran his race as strongly as he had been training. It appears that he peaked at the Kentucky Derby so there is a chance he could bounce or regress at Preakness.
There’s a lot to like about Classic Empire, who is pegged at odds of 3-1.
He ran an excellent race in the Kentucky Derby despite a disastrous trip and showed that both the physical and mental problems that plagued him earlier in the year are behind him.
He has proven himself on a number of occasions could turn the tables and deny Always Dreaming his chance at the Triple Crown with a better trip.
An interesting longshot is Conquest Mo Money. Purchased for only $8,500, he began his career in relative obscurity at Sunland Park. He began to rise up the ladder and, after a second-place finish to Hence in the Sunland Park Derby, left his home track to run a game second to Classic Empire in the Arkansas Derby. He skipped the Kentucky Derby to come into Preakness fresh.
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
1. #5 Classic Empire
2. #4 Always Dreaming
3. #10 Conquest Mo Money
4. #7 Term of Art
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