2019 Preakness Stakes Dark Horses & Longshots

Posted by Derrick Harper on May 14, 2019 in

The 2019 Preakness Stakes figures to have its largest field since 2011, offering bettors and fans alike lots of value and options when it comes to playing the race. Bob Baffert looking for his record 8th Preakness win sends out Improbable who figures to be the favorite. War of Will, a game 7th in the Kentucky Derby after being interfered with by Maximum Security also should take lots of money.

In looking at longshots and dark horses, two contenders come to mind: Bourbon War and Anothatwistafate. Both figure to be over 10/1 and come into the race cranked and ready to go.

2019 Preakness Stakes Dark Horses & Longshots

Bourbon War

In Mark Henning’s Bourbon War, you’re getting a horse that finished fourth in the Florida Derby behind Maximum Security, Bodexpress and Code of Honor. The Maximum Security was much the best in the Derby and both Bodexpress and Code of Honor performed well in the run for the roses with Code of Honor finishing third and moved up to second.

In essence, Bourbon War lost to 2 of the top 3 Derby finishers and has been training well. He finished a game second to Code of Honor in the Fountain of Youth, the prep for the Florida Derby. Mark Hennig excels with horses coming off this type of layoff and he should benefit from Irad Ortiz Jr. in the irons.

Anothatwistafate dominated the Northern California circuit before testing the waters elsewhere being sent to Sunland Park for the Sunland Derby by trainer Blaine Wright. The horse finished second that day as a beaten favorite behind Cutting Humor. Instead of going to Arkansas, the connections opted for Keeneland and the Blue Grass. There was little margin for error that day as the horse needed a victory to garner enough points to qualify for the Derby.

Another to Consider

A second place finish relegated Anothatwistafate to the sidelines for the Run for the Roses. Wright originally planned to stay and Kentucky and await any Derby defections but then chose to ship back to Northern California. The pre-Preakness works on Tapeta were solid and all systems seem ready to go. Getting the services of jockey Jose Ortiz should prove invaluable to the connections as well.

Other horses that have a solid chance are Bodexpress and Warrior’s Charge. Bodexpress is a product of the ever-so-difficult Florida circuit and his trainer Gustavo Delgado has experienced success wheeling horses back on short rest.

Warrior’s Charge

Brad Cox’s Warrior’s Charge is a horse on the move, entering stakes company for the first time. The high percentage conditioner indicated that the only reason he’s taking a shot at Pimlico is because of the absence of a clear and dominant favorite.

Out of Munnings, Warrior’s Charge has flashed some pretty sustainable speed. The question will be whether he can compete with Grade 1 horses.