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Facts to Remember in Preakness Stakes Odds

Preakness Stakes odds are likely to favor Animal Kingdom on Saturday, May 21st in the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes.

The Preakness is the second race in horse racing’s Triple Crown and the shortest of the three races.  Get ready for Preakness Stakes betting by opening an account at Sports Gambling.

Preakness Stakes odds have been in existence since 1873 and 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.

When you get ready for Preakness Stakes handicapping 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 longest shot to ever win the Preakness was Master Derby at 23-1.

Big name horses have won the Preakness the last three years.  Last year it was Lookin at Lucky, in 2008 it was Rachel Alexandra and in 2007 it was Curlin.  This year the favorite in Preakness Stakes odds will be Animal Kingdom who is coming off a good win in the Kentucky Derby.

Three years ago Big Brown won the Preakness after winning the Derby but the horse failed in the Belmont. There has not been a Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978.  Animal Kingdom will try and win the Preakness on Saturday, May 21st and stay alive for horse racing’s Triple Crown.