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Who Is Going To Win The Preakness Stakes?

By DKL Staff - 3 months ago in Entertainment, More Sports News

Horse racing tends to attract more attention from casual fans when someone is in contention for the Triple Crown. But this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, Country House, is out sick. But there will be a few horses from the Derby running Saturday afternoon at the Pimlico Race Course. Will one of them win or will the victor be one of the other entries? But Who’s Running And What Are The Odds?

The following horses are taking part in the 144th running of the Preakness Stakes Saturday afternoon:

• Improbable 2-1
• War of Will 3-1
• Alwaysmining 8-1
• Win Win Win 8-1
• Bourbon War 10-1
• Owendale 10-1
• Anothertwistafate 12-1
• Signalman 14-1
• Bodexpress 16-1
• Warrior’s Charge 16-1
• Laughing Fox 20-1
• Market King 33-1

There isn’t a longshot in this group like there was in the Derby. Yes, 33-1 does qualify as long odds, but not quite as long as Country House (65-1). Had he been in the field for this one, Country House would be a popular pick, but he isn’t. Neither is Maximum Security (the horse that did win the Derby but was DQ’d).

So, if you are a novice horse racing fan, who should you pick? Improbable because the odds are the shortest? Market King since you’ll win more because his odds are so long? Or do you just go with whoever you think has the coolest name?

If only you knew a little information about the horses….

A Little Information

Some experts are high on Alwaysmining at 8-1 since he is riding a six-race winning streak. But there are also some who are skeptical of his chances. However, he hasn’t just been winning—he has been killing the competition and winning by an average of six lengths. In his last race (a 1 1/8-mile race) he won by 11 lengths.

Warrior’s Charge has run well in his last couple of races by at least six lengths. However, he has not taken part in a race longer than 1 1/16-miles. But if he can get in front and build an early lead, even if he fades down the stretch, he could still win.

Bourbon War is not going to try to get in front like Alwaysming and Warrior’s Charge. But if they do happen to fade down the stretch, it would not be shocking to see him come from behind and take home the win. In five career races, he has never finished worse than fourth—and against some pretty fierce competition.

Anothertwistafate could be worth some attention. He tends to make use of his speed early on but then also has the endurance it takes to go the distance. In his last five races, he has not finished worse than second.

Beware of War of Will. He was one of the horses cut off by Maximum Security at the Derby. But what should concern betters is that he then faded back to seventh place after it happened.

Think twice before going with Improbable, too. Like War of Will, he faded some after getting cut off by Maximum Security. However, he still managed to finish a respectable fourth. But at his odds, it would be nice if he was more of a sure thing (which he isn’t).

Recommendation:

Of the horses entered into the Preakness, Anothertwistafate is the most intriguing. Since he has done no worse than second his last five times out, it is easy to imagine him being a little more motivated to win (after coming close so many times).

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