2019 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds
2019 Preakness Stakes Event Info
- When: Saturday, May 18
- Where: Pimlico Racecourse, Baltimore, MD
- TV: NBC
- Live Stream: Pilmico.com
Are Improbable and War of Will locks to win the 2019 Preakness Stakes?
Sounds too easy, right? Because of their favored odds?
War of Will if you remember had some trouble in the Kentucky Derby, but he wasn’t going to run by Maximum Security no matter what happened. He appeared to give up after bumping with Maximum Security near the top of the stretch.
Improbable had a tough race in the Rebel Stakes losing to Long Range Toddy. He couldn’t catch Omaha Beach in the Arkansas Derby. Then, even though he was in a great position to win the Kentucky Derby, he failed to respond. He needs rest, not another grueling race two weeks after the Derby.
**Fixed Odds Pricing for May 16th, 2019**
WAR OF WILL +330
BOURBON WAR +900
WARRIOR’S CHARGE +1400
WIN WIN WIN +1400
LAUGHING FOX +2800
MARKET KING +3300
Which less than +1000 shots can win the 2019 Preakness Stakes
A case can be made for Bourbon War, Alwaysmining and Anothertwistafate.
Bourbon War +900
Bourbon War, especially, could surprise on Saturday. He finished fourth in the Florida Derby after chasing the best three-year-old in the nation, Maximum Security. He hasn’t run since then. If he’s improved at all, he could be very tough to beat because he’s fresh and he’s bred to be a champion.
Anothertwistafate couldn’t hang on for the win in the Lexington Stakes. That race might be a throw out. He heads into the Preakness fresh just like Bourbon War does. The goal was the Kentucky Derby, but missing that race could be a blessing. Trainer Blaine Wright put a great work into this guy on May 11. He ran 6 furlongs in 1:14.1. Wright will have him on his toes. Anothertwistafate is fast, and his gait is perfect for both the Pimlico track and cutting tight, crowded turns. He was fast becoming a sexy dark horse to win the Kentucky Derby before being pulled from the ledger. He should definitely be on your radar now.
Even though both Anothertwistafate and Bourbon War could surprise, the horse offering less than +1000 odds to keep an eye on this week is Alwaysmining. The Laurel Park runner has won 7 in a row.
Alwaysmining is stepping up in class on Saturday. He’s not a cheap horse, though. Runnymede Racing purchased him for $130,000 at the Keeneland September Sale in 2017. His sire, Stay Thirsty, won the Grade 2 Jim Dandy, the Grade 1 Travers, and the Grade 1 Cigar Mile. Alwaysmining could be the real deal.
Still, he’s considered one of the fastest horses around. He has six straight victories at Laurel Park, another Maryland racetrack, and has worked his way up the distance ladder. His last win came on a one-and-one-eight-mile runway. The Preakness is slightly longer, but only by one-tenth of a mile. It seems okay to trust in Alwaysmining’s speed.
What +1000 odds horse or higher has the best shot of winning the 2019 Preakness Stakes?
Right now, that horse is the Lexington Stakes winner Owendale. The Brad Cox trained runner has an awesome turn of foot. He improved big time in the Lexington. If he improves again in the Preakness Stakes, he could run by all of them in the stretch.
Warrior’s Charge (+1400)
Betting on Warrior’s Charge entails stepping out on a limb. Embrace it. His ownership group is putting up north of six figures in fees to let him run, because he wasn’t Triple Crown nominated. That says something.
Granted, it doesn’t say everything. But Warrior’s Charge has fared well in races that span longer distances. Of all the potential long shots, he’s the one best suited to surprise.
So who’s the favorite to win Preakness?
Improbable was pegged as the odds-on winner at the Kentucky Derby, and he actually got off to a great start and held fantastic position until fading down the stretch after the traffic jam that ultimately cost Country House his crown.
Plus, Improbable’s trainer, Bob Baffert, has seven victories in Preakness. If he gets another, he’ll set a record. Rest assured, Improbable will be adequately prepared to run this track. The Preakness field has thinned relative to what we expected prior to the Kentucky Derby, and that only bodes well for Improbable.