Today marks another exciting day in the horse racing world as the 135th running of the $1 million Preakness Stakes gets underway at 5 PM ET. The second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown is traditionally the shortest of the three races and ran on the one and 3/16th mile track at Pimlico in Baltimore, Maryland. With the Preakness only hours away, the weather is expected to be 75 and sunny creating favorable track conditions at Pimlico. This sets the stage for a high pace race and very exciting day for both spectators and sports betters around the world.
This years Preakness will consist of 12 horses with all eyes being on the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver as he will try to win the first Triple Crown in 32 years. Super Saver will run in position 8 and beside him in post 7 is another favorite in Lookin At Lucky. Preakness Stakes odds quite often favor the Derby winner however this was not the case last year when Rachel Alexandra won a thriller from the number 13 post holding off a late charge by the favorite and 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird.
Below we have previewed some of the middle-of-the-pack horses, as well as their respective odds and chances to win the 2010 Preakness.
Jackson Bend – (+1500) – Post Draw 6
This horse may very well be your best underdog to win the 2010 Preakness as he tries to rebound from a sub-par performance at the Kentucky Derby . Jackson Bend may be the best value on the Preakness betting odds board as he has a strong track record along with a future hall of fame trainer in Nick Zito. Prior to his recent 12th place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Jackson Bend had placed first or second in his first nine races and was considered one of the best potential horses for the Triple Crown season. He has yet to win a graded race but was second twice to the recently injured Eskendereya who would have been the Kentucky Derby favorite but had to withdraw from the race. At the end of today’s race, do not be surprised to see this horse draped in a blanket of black-eyed Susans as he has potential to be the first horse to cross the finish line.
Pleasant Prince – (+1500) – Post Draw 3
Pleasant Prince is a horse that is capable of bringing in profits as a long-shot in this year’s Preakness. The dirt track at Pimlico is very favorable for this horse as his best finishes have been on dirt tracks including a recent second place finish in the one and 1/8th mile Florida Derby. Many believe Pleasant Prince is at a disadvantage because he did not race in the 2010 Kentucky Derby. However if last years Preakness is any indication of this year’s then Pleasant Prince is in good position since last years winner Rachel Alexandra did not race in the 2009 Kentucky Derby. This horse is unlikely to be a front runner but look for him to fly under the radar and potentially creep into second or third place.
Yawanna Twist – (+2500) – Post Draw 5
Yawanna Twist will no doubt be close to pace as this horse is considered a highly touted prospect with two first-place finishes and two second-place finishes. This horse has been lightly raced and did not have enough graded stakes to earn the Kentucky Derby run. However this rested horse has excellent tactical speed and has shown he is versatile enough to make a stretch run for the title. With the Preakness being the shortest race, anything can happen so look for this horse to cause this year’s biggest upset making a move for one of the top three spots.
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