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Horse Racing Betting: What To Look For in the Preakness

Bolt D’oro Horse Betting Favorite - 2018 Kentucky Derby

The shape of the 2020 Preakness Stakes betting is a little different than it could have been. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be major ramifications as a result of its 145th running. Tiz the Law is sitting this one out, not injured but a little worse for wear after the Kentucky Derby. So the next time BetAnySports will see him is in the Breeders Cup Classic, where Maximum Security is going to be one of his opponents.

The opportunity may be ripe for Authentic, winner of the Derby, to solidify his case for the three-year-old Eclipse Award. And that can be done by besting this field at Pimlico.

Authentic is trained by Bob Baffert, who had previously lost a couple of major Triple Crown contenders in Nadal and Charlatan, has struck gold with this horse, which comes into Saturday’s action as a winner of four graded stakes wins. It’s not necessarily a difficult choice for him to be #1 in the NTRA three-year-old poll.

Preakness: The top contender is Art Collector

When the Kentucky Derby was approaching, Art Collector was considered a major threat. His blistering Beyer Speed Figures (102, 103 and 100) saw to that. And he was facing down top-notch competition, including a victory in the Blue Grass Stakes. There’s been a break for him, but his connections have supreme confidence with his works. The speed is what’s impressive here.

Okay, let’s look at the numbers…

Here are the current odds for the Preakness as they are currently posted by the folks at BetAnySports:

Preakness Stakes Odds – October 3

1. Excession (+3500)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Sheldon Russell

2. Mr. Big News (+1450)
Trainer: Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

3. Art Collector (+240)
Trainer: Tom Drury
Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.

4. Swiss Skydiver (+850)
Trainer: Kenny McPeek
Jockey: Robby Albarado

5. Thousand Words (+800)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: Florent Geroux

6. Jesus’ Team (+6600)
Trainer: Jose D’Angelo
Jockey: Jevian Toledo

7. Ny Traffic (+1600)
Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr.
Jockey: Horacio Karamanos

8. Max Player (+1800)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Paco Lopez

9. Authentic (-189)
Trainer: Bob Baffert
Jockey: John Velazquez

10. Pneumatic (+2000)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Joe Bravo

11. Liveyourbeastlife (+6000)
Trainer: Jorge Abreu
Jockey: Junior Alvarado

Preakness – Other contenders

We can tell you this much; Mr. Big News is someone to be dealt with, after finishing third in the Kentucky Derby. And it’s not common for these three-year-olds to register a Beyer figure over 100, but he’s got one.

It’s always an unusual situation when a big-name trainer has a top contender and also another entrant in a race of this magnitude. Bob Baffert is running Authentic, but also has Thousand Words, who was absolutely sensational at Del Mar in the Shared Belief Stakes with a Beyer figure of 104. This horse didn’t run in the Derby. But horse race bettors should be advised that a similar effort would put him right in the middle of this race. Of course, he’ll be in a higher level of the company at Pimlico. Preakness – To the Max?

Lots of horse bettors like to engage in exotic bets like exactas and trifectas, and when that is the case, you start looking for horses who usually give a good showing, regardless of whether they win or not. Max Player, trained by Steve Asmussen, would appear to be such a contender. It’s not that Max Player is without victories – he did indeed win the Withers Stakes, a major Derby prep, back in February. But he has also been third in the Belmont Stakes and the Travers Stakes (which is also a prominent race for three-year-olds). In the croded Kentucky Derby, he wasn’t far from hitting the board (finishing fifth). So there needs to be some consideration.

Preakness – Your Betting Options

In addition to the action that is available in the Racebook itself, BetAnySports has the opportunity for special props and head-to-head matchups in its sportsbook. For example, You can get a price of +108 that the winning horse will be trained by Bob Baffert, which obviously encompasses both Authentic and Thousand Words. Or +768 that one of Steve Asmussen’s three horses, including Max Player, will win.

Here’s another one:

One word in winning horse’s name +124
2 or 3 words in winning horse’s name -154

So as you can imagine, there are a lot of ways to play!