The Preakness is the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown and a very crucial race determining the champions that will make a run to win all three big races. It resides in Baltimore at the Pimlico track and has been running the Preakness every year since 1909! This race has a history of great horses fighting for a shot of the Triple Crown the toughest feat in horse racing. Learning how to bet the Preakness is more of an art than a mystery.
The Preakness is more of a normal American Classic event than the Kentucky Derby is with all of its hype. The field size is restricted to only 14 horses so it is easier to handicap.
One thing to take note is the Preakness contenders who emerge from the Derby have a better chance than ones that did not race in it. It does not necessarily matter how well the horse did in the derby the point is that it raced in it. In the last 12 years there have been a good handful of Kentucky Derby winners go on to win the Preakness as well. Main qualities that you are looking for is that the horse came out of the Derby and has the ability to pass horses up.
Pimlico is not usually kind to front runners and speed horses usually do not do well at this track. In the last fifty years only five horses have went wire to wire at this track. When racing the Preakness you don’t want the horses that are going to go early to the lead or be up too close at the beginning. The Preakness is a 1/16 of a mile shorter than the derby and it favors stalkers and late closers.
When betting the big races usually favorites don’t pay much and are not worth playing. Usually they win about a third of the time but in the Preakness the favorite has won about half the time.
In the Preakness post position is not really a factor. Throughout the years of racing there have been winners from all post positions and no real trend spotted.
Throughout the years many have tried to win the Triple Crown and this is the 2nd leg of that journey. With there only being a handful of Horses that have actually done it I believe not only will you need a great horse but also has to be properly trained. When racing in the Preakness some of the horses in this field did not even run in the Kentucky Derby so they will have a leg up in conditioning. This along with the increased distance make it a true challenge. We will see as the years go on if the training of these horses changes to award horse racing with another Triple Crown winner which is long overdue.
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