Preakness Stakes Contenders’ Odds
Favorites to win Preakness Stakes 2017
Five horses from the Kentucky Derby, including winner Always Dreaming, are expected to be in the Preakness field on Saturday, joined by five “new shooters.” While some of these late-comers to the Triple Crown series have some intriguing upside, it should be noted that only three horses in the past 34 years have won the Preakness after skipping the Derby, and one of those, filly Rachel Alexandra, won the Kentucky Oaks on the day before the Derby.
With that said, here’s a look at the field, with odds posted by Bovada’s Racebook.
The Preakness goes Saturday, May 20. Post time is 6:45 PM Eastern.
Preakness Stakes Contenders
#4 – Always Dreaming 10/11 (6 starts, 4 wins, 1 second, 1 third): The Derby winner has four consecutive victories in 2017. He has excellent tactical speed and acceleration in the stretch. Top contender.
#5 – Classic Empire 15-4 (8 starts, 5 wins, 1 third): All kinds of traffic trouble in the Derby makes that race a toss. The 2016 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner is loaded with talent and should make a race of it when they turn for home. Serious threat.
#10 – Conquest Mo Money 16-1 (5 starts, 3 wins, 2 seconds): Runner-up in the (G1) Arkansas Derby, he has been training toward the Preakness for five weeks. He will likely be in the lead early and try to hang on as long as he can. Solid top-three chance.
#6 – Gunnevera 12-1 (10 starts, 4 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third): Finished in the money in all three of the Florida-based Kentucky Derby preps, including winning the (G2) Fointain of Youth. He’s a late runner who can’t afford to drop too far back early. The best of the late closers.
Preakness Stakes Pretenders
#3 – Hence 14-1 (7 starts, 2 wins 1 second, 1 third): Took a lot of money as the wise-guy long shot in the Kentucky Derby, but his win in the (G3) Sunland Derby looks less significant now. Needs to be better.
#9 – Lookin’ At Lee 11-1 (10 starts, 2 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds): Rode a wide-open rail to get up to second late in the Derby, but from that point didn’t close a step on the winner. He likely won’t get the perfect trip again. Bottom of the exotics only.
#2 – Cloud Computing 22-1 (3 starts, 1 win, 1 second, 1 third): This lightly raced colt has seen his results diminish as the competition gets tougher. He’ll be in the mix early, but needs a big step forward to compete. Not likely to stick around.
#1 – Multiplier 25-1 (4 starts, 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third): Won the (G3) Illinois Derby in a very fast time, but the competition there was nothing like he’ll see on Saturday. A repeat of that performance could get him a minor reward. Would be a big upset.
#8 – Senior Investment 33-1 (8 starts, 3 wins, 1 third): As his record seems to indicate, he’s an all-or-nothing sort who will be trying to close very late. Neither of those are positive factors in the Triple Crown. Pass.
#7 – Term Of Art 33-1 (9 starts, 2 wins, 1 second, 2 thirds): California-based late runner has yet to race outside of his home state, and has only hit the board once in four tries in 2017. Overmatched.
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