The 144th Preakness Stakes

The second jewel of the Triple Crown takes place tomorrow at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore as the Preakness Stakes commences with a 5:48 PM CT post time. NBC will broadcast. Here are the odds for each horse.

Improbable 5/2

War of Will 4/1

Anothertwistafe 6/1

Alwaysmining 8/1

Owendale 10/1

Bourbon War 12/1

Warrior’s Charge 12/1

Win Win Win 15/1

Laughing Fox 20/1

Bodespress 20/1

Market KIng 31/1

Signalman 30/1

Everfast 50/1

There are 13 horses entered in race on the 1 mile 3/16 race course. Trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith teamed up to win the Triple Crown on Justify last year, and the 66 year old Baffert trained American Pharoah, the 2015 Triple Crown winner. Baffert has won 7 Preakness’s and has 15 Triple Crown victories on his Hall of Fame resume. The 53 year old Smith has won 7 triple crown races and 2 Preakness’s in 1993 and in 2018 aboard Justify. They’re a hard duo to go against aboard Improbable, the favorite in the race.

But, I’m going to go a different direction. This thoroughbred has won his last 6 races and won his last race, a mile and 1/8, by 11 1/2 lengths on April 20th at Laurel Park in Maryland. He’s a Maryland bred horse and trying to become the first horse from that state to win the Preakness since 1983 when Deputed Testamony won it (36 years). He did not compete in the Derby as his team opted to rest him for the Preakness.

There is a good chance for dry conditions on the track (finally), but there is also a chance of a pop up t-storm around 6-7 PM ET (5-6 PM CT), but this colt has won on a muddy track, so believe in him in that case as well.

I’m going to go with Maryland based trainer Kelly Rubley and jockey Deniel Centeno and take the 8/1 horse at Pimlico.

Alwaysmining

Bullish on Alwaysmining at the Preakness (Photo, Horse Racing Nation).

Bullish on Alwaysmining at the Preakness (Photo, Horse Racing Nation).