Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver will be the favorite in Preakness Stakes betting and there should be a lot of competition taking a shot at him. Preakness Stakes odds will not have Super Saver as a huge favorite but he will still be the solid choice.
The Kentucky Derby winner is almost always the favorite unless a longshot wins the Derby. Super Saver won the Derby but he was not a huge surprise as he was the second choice in the betting.
It was the first Derby win for trainer Todd Pletcher. “It’s the one thing that was missing on our resume,” said Pletcher, “I don’t think it necessarily makes me a better trainer than I was, but I think in everyone else’s eyes it means something.”
Pletcher had four horses in the Derby but it appears only Super Saver will make the Preakness Stakes wagering field. That means the filly Devil May Care, Discreetly Mine and Mission Impazible. There was an outside chance that Mission Impazible might be entered in Preakness Stakes odds.
It does not look like second place finisher Ice Box will go in Preakness Stakes odds but third place finisher Paddy O’Prado and fourth place horse Make Music for Me might go. Also expected to be in the field is seventh place finisher Dublin and eighth place finisher Stately Victor. 13th place finisher Jackson Bend is possible for Preakness Stakes odds.
Newcomers who are expected in Preakness Stakes odds are Aikenite, Bushwhacked, Caracortado, A Little Warm and Schoolyard Dreams. “There are people who are sitting on the fence, but they have said ‘don’t put my name out yet.’ But I think we will have a full field (of 14),” said MJC stakes coordinator Coley Blind.
It is unlikely that Noble’s Promise will go in Preakness Stakes odds but is not impossible. “We will see how it looks like the Preakness is shaping up, but I would say now it is doubtful but not out of the question,” trainer Ken McPeek said.
Bob Baffert’s Lookin at Lucky and Conveyance could get a look as well in Preakness Stakes betting. “They’re all good,” Baffert said, “I’m not sure what we’re going to do with them next. It’ll be the end of the week before we make a call on that.”