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141st Preakness Stakes

The second race in horse racing’s Triple Crown is the Preakness Stakes which takes place at the Pimlico Race Course inBaltimore Maryland.The 141strunning of the Preakness Stakes will be on Saturday, May 21st, 2016 with the Kentucky Derby winner 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: Preakness Stakes

Date: Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Location: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland

2015 Winner: American Pharoah

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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141st Preakness Stakes Contenders

Nyquist: The favorite to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes is Nyquist who won the 2016 Kentucky Derby. The horse is named for Gustav Nyquist who is a hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings. Continue

Exaggerator: One of the contenders to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes is Exaggerator who finished second in the Kentucky Derby behind Nyquist. Exaggerator won the Santa Anita Derby for trainer Keith Desormeaux and jockey Kent Desormeaux. Continue

Awesome Speed: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21st at Pimlico is Awesome Speed who is trained by Alan Goldberg.The horse did not race in the Kentucky Derby but is coming off a win in the Federico Tesio Stakes. Continue

Cherry Wine: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21st is Cherry Wine. The horse just missed out on making the Kentucky Derby for trainer Dale Romans.The horse is coming off a third place finish in the Blue Grass Stakes. Continue

Collected: One of the contenders to challenge Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist in the 2016 Preakness Stakes is Collected who is trained by Bob Baffert.The horse won his first race at Santa Anita last October and he is coming off a win last time out in the Lexington Stakes. Continue

Lani: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes is Lani who finished 9th in the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Mikio Matsunaga said that Lani came out of the Derby in fine shape and the horse is getting to run in the Preakness on Saturday, May 21st. Continue

Fellowship: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes is Fellowship who is trained by Mark Casse. The horse just missed out on qualifying for the Kentucky Derby and instead ran in the Pat Day Mile on the undercard at Churchill Downs and finished fourth. Continue

Dazzling Gem: One of the longshots in the 2016 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, May 21st is Dazzling Gem. The horse will come into this race having had five weeks of rest since he finished fourth in the Arkansas Derby. Continue

Laoban: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21st at Pimlico is Laoban who will be making his sixth career start. The horse is still looking for his first win but he does have a lot of speed which is important in the Preakness. Continue

Stradivari: One of the newcomers that will challenge Nyquist in the 2016 Preakness Stakes is Stradivari who will be making his stakes debut. It will be just the fourth lifetime start for the horse but there is a chance he might go off as the third betting choice behind Nyquist and Exaggerator Continue

Uncle Lino: One of the longshots to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 21st is Uncle Lino who won the California Chrome Stakes late last month. The horse is trained by Gary Sherlock and he is owned by Tom Mansor, Purple Shamrock Racing and Gary Sherlock. Continue

Gun Runner: One of the main contenders to win the 2016 Preakness Stakes is Gun Runner who finished 3rd in the Kentucky Derby behind Nyquist and Exaggerator. The horse won three of his first four starts including the Risen Star. Continue

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Preakness Stakes Handicapping

When you consider Preakness Stakes betting you will notice a lot of big name trainers. You will see 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 three 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
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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