Preakness wagering focus will include a good hard look at Caracortado as a horse that has an excellent record as well as plenty of rest for a run with the Preakness odds.
Caracortado has an impressive Preakness horse racing resume that includes an overall record of five wins and one show in seven career starts with total earnings of $262,000. Caracortado runs out of California and will try to become the first horse from the Golden State to win the Preakness since Point Given came through in 2001.
Caracortado will have fresh legs for Preakness wagering action as he last ran on April 3 in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby where he finished a disappointing fourth. He finished seven and a quarter lengths off the pace and that is why he took the Kentucky Derby off. He is trained by Mike Machowsky and the jockey is Paul Atkinson.
The attractive feature of Caracortado beyond the six week layoff is the fact that he did win the first five races of his career, which gives him credibility with the Preakness Stakes odds. His big win was on February 13 in the Grade 2 Robert Lewis, which was also the last time he ended up in the winner’s circle.
In the Grade 2 San Felipe on March 13 Caracortado finished third behind Sidney’s Candy and Interactif as he faded down the stretch. Caracortado finished behind Sidney’s Candy and Lookin at Lucky in the Santa Anita Derby as those two horses are well known and respected in Preakness Stakes betting circles.
Caracortado has the Preakness Stakes wagering reputation for being a versatile horse but disappointed many with his inability to rally down the stretch in his last two starts. The win in the Robert Lewis was in a field of just five horses which is another turn off to some handicappers for the Preakness.
Still, everyone knows that a horse with fresh legs that did not go through the stress of the Kentucky Derby can often be a dangerous and valuable horse to bet on Preakness Stakes action with as was the case last year when Rachel Alexandra skipped the Kentucky Derby and went on to win the Preakness.