The second leg of this year’s Triple Crown horse racing season for the top three-year old thoroughbreds in the nation will take place on Saturday, May 16 with the 140th running of the Preakness Stakes.
All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah as he continues his quest for an elusive Triple Crown title, but the Preakness field is expected to be strong with several of the top Derby contenders looking to mount a challenge to end his run. Before placing your sports picks, check out the following look at the futures odds for the top five horses on Sportsbook’s current list.
American Pharoah -110
In a field of 20 plus horses the favorite does not always win, but that is exactly what American Pharoah was able to do in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby at 5/2 betting odds. He ran his race with jockey Victor Espinoza along for the ride by hanging back just enough to use his incredible closing speed to win that race by a length. Prior to this win, American Pharoah dominated the field in both the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes and the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Given just how good this horse has looked over the course of his entire racing career, trainer Bob Baffert has to be thrilled with its chances to keep this winning streak alive at Pimlico.
This three-year old colt is also trained by Baffert and probably remains the biggest threat to American Pharoah’s shot at winning a Triple Crown. As a 3/1 second-favorite, Dortmund set the pace for most of the way in the Kentucky Derby, but he could not sustain it over the entire 1 1/4 mile run to finish third at Churchill Downs. The main thing in his favor at the Preakness is the slightly shorter distance of 1 3/16 mile. This was another dominating thoroughbred during prep season with solid victories in the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby at Santa Anita Park.
Firing Line +450
Coming off a strong second-place run in the Kentucky Derby at 12/1 closing odds, Firing Line did everything it had to do to win that race, but in the end it did not have the closing speed to hold off a powerful stretch run by American Pharoah. It will be very interesting to see how trainer Simon Callaghan and veteran jockey Gary Stevens decide to try and change things up for the Preakness. Firing Line’s biggest victory as a three-year old came in the Grade 3 Sunland Stakes at Sunland Park.
Competitive Edge +1000
This three-year old is one of the expected newcomers to the Preakness field after failing to qualify for the Kentucky Derby. He is undefeated in four previous races, but his three-year old campaign was hampered by hairline fracture in a hind leg. He finally returned to the track in late March to win the Tamarac Stakes at Gulfstream Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Competitive Edge went on to win the Grade 3 Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs this past Saturday.
Danzig Moon +1400
Trained by Mark Chase and ridden by Julien Leparoux, this three-year old colt garnered some attention on Derby Day by finishing a solid fifth in the “Run for the Roses” after closing at 21/1 odds. Prior to that, he also made a strong showing in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland by finishing second to Carpe Diem. Danzig Moon’s only victory as a three-year old was back in early February in a Maiden Special Weight race at Gulfstream Park.
The future odds for some of the other expected contenders for this year’s Preakness Stakes include Materiality and Mr. Z at +1400, followed by Carpe Diem and Divining Rod at +1500. The other two horses on the early list are Bodhisattva and Stanford at +2500.