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Handicapping Preakness Stakes Odds

Preakness Stakes odds are much different to handicap than Kentucky Derby odds.

The Preakness is shorter, the track is narrow and favorites have dominated the race.  What other things are important in Preakness Stakes betting?

Preakness Stakes odds will probably favor Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom.  The horse won as a longshot in the Derby but he did so impressively and everyone wants to see a Triple Crown so the horse should be favored in Preakness Stakes wagering.  In the Kentucky Derby the speed horses didn’t do well but in the Preakness they have a better chance.

That doesn’t mean a closer can’t win though.  Tactical speed is what is necessary in the Preakness as only about 20% of the time does a horse win the Preakness wire to wire.  Animal Kingdom seems to have the type of style that can win the Preakness.

Animal Kingdom will be ridden by John Velazquez and he is one of the best jockeys in the world.  He may not have the big name of Kent Desormeaux or Garrett Gomez but there is not a jockey you would rather have right now than Velazquez.

He would have ridden Uncle Mo is that horse had not been scratched. He was only on Animal Kingdom because Robby Albarado got hurt.  The trainer of Animal Kingdom is Graham Motion and he is also very well respected although not a big name.

The favorite in Preakness Stakes odds has historically done very well.  Even though we have not had a Triple Crown winner since 1978, the favorites have still won almost half the time in the Preakness.

The Preakness is not like the Kentucky Derby where the favorite has been a disaster.  In the Derby you automatically threw out the favorite but in the Preakness you automatically give the horse a long look. Animal Kingdom may or may not win this year’s Preakness but based on history you have to give the horse a decent shot simply because favorites do well in this race.

For Preakness Stakes handicapping keep in mind that tactical speed is important. Also remember that a quality jockey and a quality trainer are important.  And definitely don’t forget that the favorite in this race has a better than average chance of winning in Preakness Stakes betting. Before you bet the Preakness remember to open an account at Sports-Gambling.