Preakness wagering handicappers will give Paddy O’Prado a strong look with the Preakness odds as he could be one of the best values on the board.
Paddy O’Prado is the son of Irish Champion and Group 1 winner El Prado and will be in, appropriately enough, green and gold silks for the Preakness on Saturday. Paddy O’Prado has a record of 1 win, 2 places, and 2 shows in 6 career starts and has total earnings of $450,950.
Paddy O’Prado finished in the money for the Kentucky Derby with a close third place finish behind Ice Box and winner Super Saver.
Prior to the Kentucky Derby Paddy O’Prado ran second in the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes on April 10 as he led most of the way before giving way late to Stately Victor. Paddy O’Prado’s one win on his Preakness horse racing resume was on March 6 in the Spectacular Bid at Palm Beach on March 6.
Paddy O’Prado will be ridden by one of the biggest names in Preakness wagering with jockey Kent Desormeaux. Desormeaux has won all three Triple Crown race events during his career and has beaten the Preakness Stakes odds twice with Real Quiet and Big Brown.
Desormeaux has one of the most impressive Preakness Stakes betting resumes of any jockey as he has won the Eclipse Award as the outstanding jockey in America in 1989 and 1992. Desormeaux ranks first among all active riders with total winnings of $228 million.
Dale Romans is the trainer for Paddy O’Prado and also has an impressive Preakness Stakes wagering resume with trainer titles at Churchill Downs, Turfway Park, Ellis Park, and Keeneland.
Prior to the Kentucky Derby, Praddy O’Prado’s only Grade 1 race was in the Blue Grass Stakes which was run on Polytrack instead of dirt. The lack of top shelf competition in his past may turn off some of those who will be bet on Preakness Stakes action but that is counterbalanced by the strong run in the Kentucky Derby.
Paddy O’Prado has a record of being in the money and a top contender whenever he runs and with the shorter distance of the Preakness he could prove to be a smart choice.