Matt Pitt |  Mon 13/05/2019 - 11:01 EDT

Can Anyone Stop Improbable Winning the 2019 Preakness Stakes?

Can Anyone Stop Improbable Winning the 2019 Preakness Stakes?
The Preakness Stakes are one of America’s biggest and most prestigious flat thoroughbred horse races and the 2019 edition is coming at you on Saturday 18th May.

 Improbable is the early pre-race favorite with Preakness Stakes odds of +175 with War Of Will a close second at +275. 

  • Improbable +175
  • War of Will +275
  • Alwaysmining +650

Saturday 18th May is the date to keep in your diary for the 2019 Preakness Stakes, which takes place at the Pimlico Race Course in Balitmore, Maryland and see 11 of America’s best horses go heads-to-head for the $1.5 million purse.

Current Preakness Stakes 2019 odds suggest it will be a two horse race between Improbable (+175) and War Of Will (+275) but anything can happen over the 1 3/16 mile race. Who is your money on?

  • The winner of the 2019 Preakness Stakes will walk away with $1.5 million
  • Improbable is the +175 favorite in the latest odds Preakness Stakes
  • War Of Will is the race’s second favorite with betting odds of +275
  • Owendale is much fancied by many horse racing experts and can be wagered on at +800
  • Alwaysmining comes in at +650 third favorite but experts and industry insiders do not fancy this horse


It’s improbable that Improbable will not win!

Improbable is the +175 favorite to win the 2019 Preakness Stakes and it is easy to see why. The three year old colt is used to running and performing well at longer distances than the Preakness Stakes plus it is trained by the legendary Bob Baffert.

The last six outings for Improbable have seen him win three, finish second twice with his last race ending in a fourth place finish at the Kentucky Derby. That last race is an impressive result because the Kentucky Derby attracts some of the best horses known to man and finishing only behind Country House, Code of Honor and Tacticus is nothing to be ashamed of.

As mentioned, Improbable is trained by Bob Baffert who is tied for the most Preakness Stakes wins by a trainer with seven of his horses romping home to victory. Baffert-trained Justify won the 2018 Preakness Stakes in the fastest time for five years.

Everything is pointing to an Improbable victory and it looks improbable that any other horse is going to be able to catch him.

War Of Will hoping for a less controversial race

War Of Will was a +1800 outsider for the recent Kentucky Derby that ended in controversy. The horse finished in seventh place in the Kentucky Derby, which you may think does not bode well for the Preakness Stakes, but before you jump to any conclusions based on that result, hear us out.

It was War Of Will that bore the brunt of the bump that saw Maximum Security disqualified from the Kentucky Derby and he never recovered from it. You also need to take into consideration that War Of Will won the Risen Star race in mid February, beating Country House to the finishing post; Country House was the 2019 Kentucky Derby champion.

We have to admit that a ninth and seventh place finish in his last two races does not look great for War Of Will, but we have already told you why he finished seventh and when you consider he lost his footing at the start of the race where he finished ninth and you cannot write off War Of Will’s chances; he is surely worth a place bet.

The best of the rest from the 2019 Preakness Stakes

Alwaysmining is +650 and much fancied by punters around the world, although some industry insiders have questioned the quality of the horses he has run against so far in his career. Six straight victories have seen Alwaysmining receive the plaudits and gain a reputation for being a talented steed, however, he has never run at the Preakness Stakes distance before in his career and the extra length could see him struggle against this stellar field.

It goes without saying though, Alwaysmining is worth a place bet because while he is unlikely to win the race (for the reasons mentioned), he definitely has the required pace to keep up with the leaders and is more than capable of finishing in the top two or three finishing positions.

Owendale is another outsider who is worth a look at if you want to bet on the Preakness Stakes without backing the obvious horses. Owendale was +1000 at the Lexington Stakes in April and overcame those odds to defeat the race’s favorite, Anothertwistafate (who also runs in the Preakness Stakes at +1000) to secure the victory. It was an impressive ride that saw Owendale circle the field on the far turn before romping home to win by 1 ¾ lengths, showing the horse has plenty of speed and stamina, both of which are required to be successful at the Preakness Stakes.


The 2019 Preakness Stakes is likely to be contested between Improbable and War Of Will, with the former by far the better horse. It would be a silly bettor who bet against Improbable winning this race, but there is value in both Alwaysmining and Owendale, especially if you are making a place bet.

Here are the current Preakness Stakes betting odds from Bovada:

  • Improbable: +175
  • War Of Will: +275
  • Alwaysmining: +650
  • Bourbon War: +700
  • Owendale: +800
  • Anothertwistafate: +1000
  • Win Win Win: +1000
  • Signalman: +1200
  • Bodexpress: +1600
  • Warriors Charge: +1600
  • Laughing Fox: +2000

Category : Sports Betting News

Tag : Horse Racing , horse racing odds , Horse Racing Picks , Preakness Stakes

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