The first jewel of horse racing’s prestigious Triple Crown has already been won, with Justify delivering an electrifying performance in the Kentucky Derby. There were a lot of people, myself included, who didn’t think he could win the Derby, citing his lack of experience and no racing in his 2-year old season as the reasons. After all, it had been over 120 years since a horse last skipped his 2-year old season and went on to win the Kentucky Derby. Justify put that piece of history to bed, and he did so in style, leading from wire to wire and never really looking in any sort of danger. Next up is the Preakness Stakes, which will be run at Pimlico Racetrack this coming Saturday, May 19.
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The Post Draw for the Preakness Stakes
When it comes to the Triple Crown races, the draw for post position is usually incredibly important. After all, we are usually looking at a field of 20 horses, so getting stuck in one of the outside posts is tough, especially if it’s a horse that likes to lead from the front. It does not look as though it is going to be much of a deal this time around, though, as we are currently looking at an 8 horse field for the Preakness Stakes.
While the number of horses entered for the race is a little disappointing, it is not particularly surprising. Justify was totally dominant in the Derby, leading many owners and trainers to leave their horses out of the Preakness so that they can rest up for the Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, in a couple of weeks. It has always been a bit of a contentious issue for some that horses are not required to run in all 3 legs, but that is the rule, and it is why we so rarely see horses win the Triple Crown. It is a grueling schedule that can take its toll on the greatest of horses.
If you are interested in watching the post position draw live on TV, you can do so by tuning into NBCSports.com at 5 PM EST on Wednesday, May 19.
The Projected Line-Up for the Preakness Stakes
As we mentioned earlier, we are potentially looking at a small field of 8 horses for the Preakness Stakes. The small field means that the odds are not going to be particularly great, with Justify in early at 3/5. Good Magic and Quip are the horses considered to have the best shot at upsetting the apple car this weekend, while Bravazo, Sporting Chance, Tenfold, Diamond King, and Lone Sailor are likely to go off at very long odds. While Justify is very heavily favored to win, keep in mind that only 23 horses have won the first two legs of the Triple Crown in 142 previous attempts. That is something to consider when making your wagers this weekend.
As the week progresses, we will have more insights into the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes, as well as a whole bunch of prediction. We will take a closer look at the favorites, and will also see if we can come up with a real longshot that might just add a lot of money to those exotics tickets.