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The second race in horse racing’s Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes which takes place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland. The 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes will be on Saturday, May 20, 2017 with the Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming, trying to win the second race in the Triple Crown. The Preakness Stakes dates back to 1873 and is currently run at the distance of a mile and 3/16th.

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Event Details

Event: 142nd Preakness Stakes

Date: Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland

2016 Winner: Exaggerator

The Preakness is run two weeks after the Kentucky Derby and three weeks before the Belmont Stakes. The Preakness Stakes has field that is much smaller than the Kentucky Derby field as the Kentucky Derby can have as many as 20 horses but the Preakness is limited to 14. With the smaller field, the horse racing odds are also smaller. The race is simply a race for the favorites as the first or second choice in the betting wins this race more than half the time.

Preakness Stakes Wagering and Matchups

You can make all of the normal horse betting wagers in the Preakness Stakes. You can bet horses to win, place or show and you can also bet the exotics like the exacta, quinella, superfecta and the multi-race exotics like the pick three, pick four, pick six, etc. You will also be able to bet the horse matchups at BetDSI sportsbook where one horse is listed against another horse in a head-to-head matchup.

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142nd Preakness Stakes Contenders

Always Dreaming

The Kentucky Derby winner has won four straight races and will look to become the second Triple Crown winner in the last three years, joining American Pharoah. It appears that only nine other horses will challenge Always Dreaming in the Preakness.

Pimlico will be the sixth track for Always Dreaming in seven starts. He has won at Tampa Bay Downs, Gulfstream, and Churchill Downs. Trainer Todd Pletcher said that Always Dreaming came out of the Derby in great shape. “The turnaround is quick,” Pletcher said. “Sometimes you don’t know how they’re going to perform until you get to the top of the stretch. So far, all the signs that you’d be hoping for - sound, enthusiastic, energetic, strong appetite, all those things - are good, but you still got to run a mile and three-sixteenths. I’m hoping he shows us good energy on the racetrack yet not as strong as he was at Churchill. Hoping Pimlico will provide that quieter environment.”

Lookin At Lee

The horse finished second in the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Steve Asmussen was very happy with his horse coming out of the Derby. “I’m just very happy with the way he came out of the race. We’ll give him another day off, just walk the shed, and we’ll go to the track on our normal schedule,” Asmussen said. “He’ll probably have one easy half [half-mile workout] before we head up there.”

Classic Empire

The horse finished fourth in the Derby. Classic Empire got bumped around at the start of the Derby and really had no chance. “Going on to the Preakness is actually easier than breezing him,” assistant trainer Norm Casse said. “He had a tough, tough trip. He’s a very special horse.”


The horse finished seventh in the Derby. He is expected to have a different jockey, as Mike Smith takes over in place of Javier Castellano who seems likely to ride Cloud Computing.

Royal Mo

The horse finished third in the Santa Anita Derby. Royal Mo just missed out on qualifying for the Derby, as he was 21st in points. He worked five furlongs in 1:05 at Churchill Downs.


The horse finished 11th in the Derby. Trainer Steve Asmussen said the horse didn’t like the slop at Churchill Downs. “It wasn’t that he didn’t handle the track,” Asmussen said. “He didn’t handle what was thrown at him.”

Cloud Computing

The horse finished third in the Wood Memorial. Trainer Chad Brown said that he had not decided on a rider for the horse but it could be Castellanos. Manny Franco rode Cloud Computing in his debut win and his second place finish in the Gotham. Irad Ortiz Jr. rode the horse in the Wood.

Conquest Mo Money

The horse finished second in the Arkansas Derby. He is trained by Miguel Hernandez and based at Prairie Meadows. He is expected to be ridden by Jorge Carreno.


The horse won the Illinois Derby. Trainer Brendan Walsh said that the horse worked an easy half mile in :50 3/5 at Keeneland earlier this month. "He's not a great work horse, but he worked good and we're happy with him." Walsh said. "We are pointing to the Preakness right now, I think. If everything is well in the next week or so, there's a strong possibility we will run."

Senior Investment

The horse won the Lexington Stakes. Trainer Kenny McPeek said the horse is working well. "He worked super," trainer Kenny McPeek said. "He's pretty consistent. We didn't do anything special, but he's on his game right now. We're going to work him again next Sunday and then work on travel plans.” Senior Investment is expected to be ridden by Channing Hill.

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Preakness Stakes Handicapping

When you consider Preakness Stakes betting you will notice a lot of big name trainers. You will notice Bob Baffert and D. Wayne Lukas and think that they are good trainers to bet on in the Preakness but that is not always the case. Lukas has won this race a lot but his winning percentage is actually not that good. A better trainer in the Preakness recently has been Steve Asmussen who won with Curlin in 2007 and with Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Baffert is always a trainer to consider in this race as he has two wins this decade.

One trainer you don’t want to bet on is Nick Zito. He has had a lot of starters in the Preakness but he has just one win and that came in 1996 when Louis Quatorze won at odds of 8-1. Historically the favorite has done extremely well in Preakness Stakes betting through the years. Rarely do longshots have any chance of winning this race as it has been more than 25 years since any horse won this race at double-digit odds.

When you get ready to make your Preakness Stakes bet you want to keep in mind that the best post is #6 while the #4 is second best. The rail is not the kiss of death in the Preakness that it is in the Derby as a number of horses have won from the rail although many of those wins were early in the race’s history.

Unlike the Kentucky Derby, favorites do very well in the Preakness. In fact, favorites win the Preakness nearly half the time. Longshots simply do not do well in the Preakness so don’t expect to see the huge payoffs that you saw in the Derby. The biggest longshot to win the Preakness was Master Derby at odds of 23-1.

Preakness Stakes History

There has been Preakness Stakes betting since 1873. The race has been run every year except for two years in the late 1800’s. The race was first run at a mile and a half but that was quickly changed to a mile and fourth. The race then was run at a mile and a quarter, a mile and a 16th, a mile and 70 yards, one mile, a mile and an eighth and the current mile and 3/16th. The largest crowd in Preakness Stakes wagering was in 2001 when 104,454 were in attendance at Pimlico. The all-time leading trainer was Robert W. Walden with 7 wins while jockey Eddie Arcaro had 6 wins. The first Preakness Stakes had a field of 10 and it was Survivor getting the win.

The winner of the Preakness gets the Woodlawn Vase. The original trophy is actually kept at Pimlico and the winner gets a replica since the original trophy is worth over $1 million dollars. The winning horse also gets the blanket of black-eyed susans which is why the race is oftentimes referred to as the race for the black-eyed susans. What you may not know is that the flower is not in bloom in May so the blanket is actually made of daisies that are dyed to look like the black-eyed susans.

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Recent Preakness Stakes Winners

Year Winner Jockey Trainer
2016 Exaggerator K. Desormeaux K. Desormeaux
2015 American Pharoah V. Espinoza Bob Baffert
2014 California Chrome V. Espinoza A. Sherman
2013 Oxbow G. Stevens D.W. Lukas
2012 I'll Have Another M. Guiterrez D. O'Neill
2011 Shackleford J. Castanon D. Romans
2010 Lookin At Lucky M. Garcia B. Baffert
2009 Rachel Alexandra C. Borel S. Asmussen
2008 Big Brown K. Desormeaux R. Dutrow Jr.
2007 Curlin R. Albarado S. Asmussen
2006 Bernardini J. Castellano T. Albertrani
2005 Afleet Alex J. Rose T. Ritchey
2004 Smarty Jones S. Elliott J. Servis
2003 Funny Cide J. Santos B. Tagg
2002 War Emblem V. Espinoza B. Baffert
2001 Point Given G. Stevens B. Baffert
2000 Red Bullet J. Bailey J. Orseno

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