Free Picks: Preakness Stakes Matchups & Prop Betting Picks

Joe Freda

Friday, May 17, 2013 2:58 PM UTC

Friday, May. 17, 2013 2:58 PM UTC

This weekend's Preakness Stakes is full of its betting action, with many online sportsbooks offering matchup props in addition to the traditional pari-mutel wagers.

The Preakness Stakes has its mix of favorites and long shots, with the tote board showing its share of big payouts. Matchup propositions at sports books like offer another option for those looking to zero in on the right wagers, giving a chance to lock in some betting odds.

Orb (-150) vs “The Field” (+110) 

Orb prevailed under sloppy conditions at Churchill Downs for his Kentucky Derby triumph, two weeks ago, capturing the affair by 2 ½ lengths. Jockey Joel Rosario rode his contender to career-high speed, moving his mark aboard Claude McGaughey’s colt to 3-for-6. 

Eight foes are slated to make the trip to Pimlico against the contest’s favorite, including new rivals who did not run in Louisville. I have liked the chances of long shots Governor Charlie and Oxbow, and am adding “The Field” with this matchup prop. 

Horse Pick:  “The Field” +110 

Review our Preakness Stakes Early Odds & Winner Predictions

Mylute (-115) vs Goldencents (+105)

Mylute and Goldencents finished the Kentucky Derby on different ends of the pack, closing for fifth and 17th place spots, respectively. Mylute’s rider Rosie Napravnik has had her share of success in the past at Pimlico, while Kevin Krigger heads east on Goldencents hoping to bounce back.

Krigger rides for trainer Doug O’Neill, who captured the Preakness Stakes last year with I’ll Have Another. The return to a fast track should help Goldencents’ chances this time around, while Mylute may not have much left after finishing out of the money in two of his last three starts.

Horse Pick:  Goldencents +105

Preakness Stakes Betting Tips & Strategy

Will Take Charge (-125) vs Governor Charlie (+105) 

Will Take Charge finished eighth at Churchill Downs, remaining in the pack’s middle for most of the battle. The grandson of Unbridled switches here to rider Mike Smith, who won the 1993 Preakness aboard Prairie Bayou. 

Governor Charlie skipped the Kentucky Derby, while last seeing action in March’s Sunland Derby with a five-length victory. Trainer Bob Baffert is matched up here against three of D. Wayne Lukas’ contenders, including Will Take Charge. 

I am going with the plus odds here on Governor Charlie, sensing the 1 3/16-mile distance should be just right for the colt to defeat most of his foes. Will Take Charge deserves to be the ‘chalk’ in this matchup, but looks to be past his best days from Oaklawn Park at this point.

Horse Pick:  Governor Charlie +105 

Itsmyluckyday (-130) vs Oxbow (+100)

Itsmyluckyday faded for a 15th-place flop in the Kentucky Derby, while Oxbow drifted to finish sixth. Jockey Gary Stevens is slated to stay aboard Oxbow for the Preakness, while Itsmyluckyday inherits John Velazquez. 

Itsmyluckyday has seen his speed figures drop for two straight affairs, following his peak in January’s Holy Bull Stakes victory. Oxbow did not regress in Louisville, despite a sloppy track, and should be able to hit the board against a smaller field this time.

Horse Pick:  Oxbow +100

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