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Horse Racing—2017 Preakness Stakes Preview

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2017 Preakness Stakes Information

What: 142nd Preakness Stakes

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Where: Pimlico Race Track, Baltimore, Maryland

Distance: 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs)

Track: Left-handed

Turf: Dirt

TV Coverage: NBC (Streamed live on NBCSports.com)

NBC TV Coverage Start Time: 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT

Race Post Time: 6:45 p.m. ET/3:45 p.m. PT

Preakness Stakes Race Number: 13

TV Undercard Coverage: NBCSN (2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT)

Main Undercard Race: Dixie Stakes (Grade 2, Turf, 1 1/16 miles, Grass horses)

Preakness Stakes Purse: $1,500,000

Track Record: Secretariat, 1973 (1:53.00)

Track Conditions Link: Pimlico Track Conditions

Fun Fact: The favorite has won 72 of the 141 runnings of the Preakness Stakes.

Preakness Stakes Handicappers Preview Special: Saturday, May 20—TVG, 3 a.m.

Black-Eyed Susan: Black-Eyed Susan Streaming Video Link (Friday)

TWC Forecast for Baltimore Saturday: Partly Cloudy, high 70° with E Winds 5-10 mph.

 


Luckiest Horse Wins Kentucky Derby, Fastest Wins Preakness, Best Wins Belmont?

The 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) will take place from historic Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland on Saturday afternoon with Kentucky Derby-winner Always Dreaming (below) attempting to win the 1-and-3/16ths-mile second leg of Horse Racing’s Triple Crown under forecasted (TWC) Partly Cloudy skies with temperatures near 70°—so, much better looking from this midweek vantagepoint compared to the muddy Run for the Roses in Louisville two weekends ago. Two years ago, American Pharoah gave us our first Triple Crown winner in 37 years and oddsmakers at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook have a Prop bet on Always Dreaming to win the Triple Crown this Spring with the “Yes” priced at +400 and the “No.” at -500. So Pimlico’s $1.5 million 10-horse Preakness Stakes result could end this market if any horse other than the Todd Pletcher-trained colt ends up winning. The 149th running of the Belmont StakesThe Run For The Carnations—will be held on Saturday, June 10 at Belmont Park in Elmont, NY (NBC).

Here are the Post positions and morning line odds for the Preakness Stakes after Wednesday’s draw:

 


2017 Preakness Field Post Positions, (Jockeys) and Morning Line Odds

1—Multiplier (Joel Rosario ) 30/1

2—Cloud Computing (Javier Castellano) 12/1

3—Hence (Florent Geroux) 20/1

4—Always Dreaming (John Velasquez) 4/5

5—Classic Empire (Julien Leparoux) 3/1

6—Gunnevera (Mike Smith) 15/1

7—Term Of Art (Jose Ortiz) 30/1

8—Senior Investment (Channing Hill) 30/1

9—Lookin At Lee (Corey Lanerie) 10/1

10—Conquest Mo Money (Jorge Carreno) 15/1

 


Thoughts on Betting Such a Chalky Favorite in a Milktoast 10-Horse Field

You just gotta go for it here, as usual. The thick 4/5 opening Morning Line odds for Always Dreaming means another chalk could have the Black-Eyed Susans put around his neck Saturday afternoon with second-odds favorite Classic Empire (3/1) seeming like semi-competition for the speedy (102 Beyer Rating, Kentucky Derby) brown 3-year-old which rolled to a 2-and-3/4-lengths win at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby. Another thoroughbred who looked pretty good in the Louisville slop was Lookin At Lee (10/1), with the Steve Asmussen-trained horse being ridden to a second-place finish by jockey Corey Lanerie while trying to chase down Always Dreaming. Maybe a drier track and a little easier trip means Lookin At Lee wins on Saturday with Always Dreaming trying to run him down this time? At 10/1 it seems worth a shot in a pool which will be chock full o’ novice chalk money.

 

This Preakness seems like it will could evolve into a four- or five-horse race down the stretch with the favorites potentially separating themselves from an average field with many of the best 3-year-olds—many who raced in the Kentucky Derby—are being chosen to sit out by their Owners and Trainers for future races like possibly the aforementioned Belmont Stakes or the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November at Del Mar. Either starting with No. 4 Always Dreaming and wheeling off him or taking a chance on a horse like the No. 9, Lookin At Lee (below) seems a little more entertaining and possibly more profitable with all of the perceived value on Always Dreaming sapped in a race in which he’ll be overbet could definitely lose. Expect Classic Empire—who had much longer trips at Churchill Downs than Always Dreaming (9 lengths) and Looking At Lee (11 lengths)—to also be in the thick of it here.

 

PREAKNESS STAKES WINNER PICK: Lookin At Lee (10/1, Morning Line)

PREAKNESS TRIFECTA PICK: Lookin At Lee-Always Dreaming-Classic Empire (9-4-5)

PREAKNESS STAKE SUPERFECTA PICK: 9-4-5-6