2019 Preakness Stakes Betting Favorites

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 15, 2019 in

Every Preakness Stakes discussion needs to start and end with one man: Bob Baffert. Looking for his record 8th trip to the Pimlico winner’s circle, Baffert has experienced unprecedented success in the Run for the Black Eyed Susans. American Pharoah and Justify, both under Baffert’s care prevailed in the Preakness before heading north to Belmont and completing the Triple Crown.

Let’s take a look at the Horse Racing Betting favorites to win the 2019 Preakness Stakes.

2019 Preakness Stakes Betting Favorites

Baffert Leads Charge

The 2019 edition of the race is no different as Baffert conditions presumptive favorite Improbable. One of three Baffert entries in the Kentucky Derby, Improbable is the lone horse advancing to Baltimore after a fourth-place showing in the Run for the Roses. Jockey Mike Smith, who opted to ride Omaha Beach instead of Baffert’s Roadster in Louisville is in the saddle on Improbable.

Given overwhelming factors: Baffert’s Pimlico track record, Smith on board coupled with the absences of the top Derby finishers, Improbable is a logical and deserving favorite. The second-place finisher in both the Rebel and Arkansas Derby, the son of City Zip, isn’t exactly a dominant horse but certainly has run against solid competition and is under the care of impeccable connections.

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The second favorite figures to be Mark Casse’s War of Will. Compromised the most by Maximum Security in the Kentucky Derby, War of Will is a product of the Florida series of preps, races that are looking to be key in this year’s Triple Crown. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione skillfully averted disaster at the top of the Churchill Downs stretch and Casse feels his horse is in great form.

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The third horse that ran in Louisville that is sure to attract bettor’s attention is Win Win Win. At one time, prior to the gates opening, Mike Trombetta’s horse was the Derby favorite. A ninth-place finisher in the Run for the Roses, the son of Hat Trick is based in Maryland and has done much of his pre-race work at nearby Fair Hill Training Center. Jockey Julian Pimentel is extremely familiar with the horse and could present a serious pace presence up top.

Others

A horse currently 8-1 in unofficial pre-race odds (Preakness has not been drawn yet) is Alwaysmining. One would be hard-pressed to find a more impressive performance than Alwaysmining’s Federico Tesio as he dusted a competitive and well-balanced field. Initially thought of as need-to-lead type, Alwaysmining showed a different dimension that day, taking back and then exploding for an 11 ½ length win.

He comes postward Saturday riding a six-race winning streak, owning a victory over Win Win Win. Most of his running and training has been done in Maryland at Rubley’s Laurel Park base. Danny Centeno, who is as good in the game in getting a horse to the lead and skillfully rationing speed, is aboard once again. This move is a positive sign as Rubley and owners Runnymeade racing stayed loyal to Centeno despite agents from coast to coast calling them and asking for the mount.