The next leg in this season’s Triple Crown racing series for the top 3-year old thoroughbreds in the world is May 20 with the running of the 142nd Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore. Always Dreaming heads the list of entries after winning the Kentucky Derby in impressive fashion.
The actual field for this year’s Preakness is still coming together, but Bovada has recently posted its futures odds to win this race based on which horses are currently listed as probable. The following is a closer look at the top five contenders to win this race.
Always Dreaming -110
When the betting windows closed at Churchill Downs for the start of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, this Kentucky-bred colt was listed as a 9/2 favorite along with Irish War Cry. The son of Bodemeister did not disappoint with an almost flawless 1¼-mile run on the sloppy track to win by 2¾ lengths. This followed up an impressive victory in this year’s Grade 1 Florida Derby at Gulfstream on April 1 at a distance of 1 1/8 miles. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by John Velazquez, this champion has now won all four races he has run this year.
Classic Empire +450
The biggest competition for the 2017 Preakness title should come from this Kentucky-bred colt given his past success in his early racing career. Named the champion 2-year-old following his victory in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, he cemented his reputation as one of the best of the best with a victory in last month’s Grade 1 Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park over a distance of 1 1/8 miles. He got bumped around quite a bit in the early stages of the Kentucky Derby with jockey Julien Leparoux aboard and still managed to finish fourth, so look for trainer Mark Casse to have him ready to go at Pimlico in a much smaller field.
Lookin At Lee +1000
This Kentucky-bred horse went off at 33/1 odds from the first post in the Derby and still managed to keep things interesting down the stretch to finish second. There could be some solid value in his early Preakness odds if trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Corey Lanerie can recreate that kind of success. This son of Lookin At Lucky is still looking for his first victory this season, but he did place third in the Arkansas Derby behind Classic Empire and Conquest Mo Money.
Royal Mo +1000
This is the top contender on the list who did not run in the Derby. Trained by John Shirreffs with veteran jockey Gary Stevens expected to get the ride, this son of Uncle Mo placed third in this year’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby his last time out behind Gormley and Battle of Midway. He started his 3-year-old campaign with a victory in the Grade 3 Robert B. Lewis Stakes at Santa Anita before fading to ninth in the Grade 2 Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn in mid-March.
Closing at 10/1 odds from the 10th post at Churchill, this pedigree of Dialed In made a run at Derby glory before ending up seventh in the final running order. Trained by Antonio Sano and ridden by Mike Smith, he showed some tremendous closing speed in the Florida Derby to squeeze out a third-place finish after being buried in the pack early in the race. His biggest victory this season was in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes at Gulfstream on March 4.Talk About The 2017 Preakness Stakes In Our Forum