Favorites, Dark Horses & Smart Picks for the 2017 Preakness Stakes

Posted by Peter Boysen on May 17, 2017 in

The 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes comes this Saturday from Pimlico in Baltimore. Always Dreaming sits as the even-money favorite, but there are several other contenders who could pull off the win as well. The Kentucky Derby featured a choppy, muddy track, and there’s no guarantee that Pimlico will be the same — and there could be another horse who comes out better on a fast track. Take a look at our research on some of the best Horse Betting odds and picks for this epic race.

Favorites, Dark Horses & Smart Picks for the 2017 Preakness Stakes

Odds for the Field

  • Always Dreaming EVEN
  • Classic Empire 5-1
  • Lookin at Lee 10-1
  • Hence 14-1
  • Gunnevera, Conquest Mo Money 16-1
  • Cloud Computing 20-1
  • Multiplier, Senior Investment 25-1
  • Term of Art 33-1

Is Always Dreaming a lock?

Well, no horse is an absolute lock — otherwise they wouldn’t even run the race. The fact that Always Dreaming and Classic Empire have settled in as the top favorites, it’s important to remember that Lookin at Lee (10-1) was the runner-up at Churchill Downs. Always Dreaming has gone through his training at Pimlico looking aggressive — which is his style. The Preakness Stakes is an ideal race for a horse that likes to roar out to an early lead and hold it, because it is the shortest course in the Triple Crown. Always Dreaming can get out front and position as quickly as anyone in the field.

What about Classic Empire?

He took a hard shot coming out of the gate, sitting in the 14-hole, and he almost fell down. The delay kept him so far back that he simply couldn’t catch up down the stretch. It would be almost impossible for him to have the same bad luck out of the chute in two straight races.

Is Gunnevera the “dark horse” to beat?

Gunnevera is more of a fast finisher, which means we could see him win Belmont (with its longer course), but Preakness’ 1-3/16 mile course requires horses to get their position more quickly than Gunnevera likes to. At Churchill Downs, he advanced from 14th with a half-mile to go to ninth at the top of the stretch, which won’t be the result that he needs to win at Pimlico.

What’s the smart pick?

It’s hard to argue against Always Dreaming. However, if you want to lay down a bet that gives you some pop in terms of odds, consider Lookin at Lee somewhere in the top three. He hasn’t won since August 2016, but he does finish high. Also, Classic Empire is certainly due some redemption.

So, who are you going to bet on this Saturday? Don’t think to much!