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Lukas Horse in Preakness Stakes Odds

Preakness Stakes odds are likely to include a D. Wayne Lukas trained horse yet again. Lukas has started 34 Preakness starters in the past.

The horse finished seventh in the Kentucky Derby but he is being pointed to Preakness Stakes betting. Preakness Stakes odds won’t favor Dublin but it is never a good idea to discount Lukas in the Preakness.

He is tied for second in Preakness history with five wins.  He won with Codex in 1980, Tank’s Prospect in 1985, Tabasco Cat in 1994, Timber Country in 1995 and Charismatic in 1999. This time he will likely send Dublin in Preakness Stakes odds.

Dublin had a decent trip in the Kentucky Derby but the horse simply wasn’t good enough to win.  “I can’t say we had any excuses,” Jockey Terry Thompson said. “I wish we could have run a little better race, but my horse didn’t quite get there today.”

It was a sloppy track and that would have seemed to favor Dublin but the horse had nothing in the stretch. “There was a lot of speed in the race and I thought my horse would have more of a kick,” the jockey said. “He seemed to handle the slop well, so I don’t think that was a factor.”

Thompson was told by Lukas that the plan is to enter the horse into the Preakness Stakes wagering field. “If the horse comes out of this race OK, I think that’s the plan,” Thompson said. “I sure hope that’s the way it is.” Thompson will be riding on Preakness Stakes betting weekend regardless of whether or not Dublin is entered.

“I’m riding a real nice filly in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes there on the day before the Preakness,” he said. “I’m looking forward to that.” Dublin has the pedigree to win in Preakness Stakes odds.

He is from the first crop of 2005 winner Afleet Alex. That horse was produced from Maggy Hawk, whose sire Hawkster was a great distance horse. Afleet Alex won the Preakness and then the Belmont. He never raced again after that Belmont win.

Dublin would be listed at double-digit Preakness Stakes odds behind the favored Super Saver who won the Kentucky Derby.  Lukas has had a lot of success but none of it recently so Dublin could be somewhat overvalued in Preakness Stakes odds.