Preakness wagering handicappers will have the usual challenge of figuring the Preakness odds with both horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby and those that did not.
Aikenite will be one of the Preakness horse racing entries that did not take part in the “Run for the Roses” but is a horse that merits serious consideration not only because of the extra rest and lack of stress but also because of his own merits and background.
Aikenite will enter Preakness wagering action with a record of one win, two places, and two shows in eight career starts. Aikenite has not won since his maiden race last August at Saratoga but that is not a good reason to ignore the potential of this horse.
Aikenite last ran on April 24 in a Grade 3 Derby trial race and finished second to Hurricane Ike in a race that was one mile in length. Prior to that Aikenite ran on April 10 in the Blue Grass Stakes, a Grade 1 race, and finished a disappointing eighth in a race that was one and one eight miles in length.
One of the races that makes Aikenite a potentially strong value with the Preakness Stakes odds, however, took place on February 10 when he ran third in the Fountain of Youth, a Grade 2 race at Gulfstream Park.
What makes that race significant is that the highly touted Eskendereya won the race with Jackson Bend finishing second. It was a quality show for Aikenite that will garner Preakness Stakes betting respect.
Another impressive feature of Aikenite’s Preakness Stakes wagering resume is that he is trained by Todd Pletcher, arguably the top trainer in all of horse racing at the present time and the winning trainer of the Kentucky Derby this year with Super Saver.
The Pletcher name commands immediate respect and will force handicappers to give Aikenite an extra hard look for the running of the Preakness. Javier Castellano will get the mount.
Aikenite is by Yes It’s True and Silverlado. He has the reputation for those who will bet on Preakness Stakes action of being a strong closer. While he has an inconsistent record he also has the potential to win the blanket of Black Eyed Susans.