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Preakness Wagering - Pleasant Prince Could Be Pleasant Value

Preakness wagering will focus on Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver but one of the tricks at figuring the odds is looking at horses that skipped the Derby.

Preakness wagering opportunities will abound with such horses including Pleasant Prince, who may bring plenty of value to the table with the Preakness odds.

Pleasant Prince will enter Preakness horse racing action with a career record of one win, two places, and two shows in nine starts with total earnings of just over $224,000.  Pleasant Prince is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, trained by Wesley Ward, and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

Pleasant Prince will enter the run with the Preakness Stakes odds having last raced on April 24 in the one mile Grade 3 Derby Trial where the gelding finished third behind Hurricane Ike and Aikenite.

Prior to that Pleasant Prince ran in two Grade 1 races that are the best possible indicators for Preakness wagering fans.  In the Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes on April 10 Pleasant Prince finished a disappointing seventh as Stately Victor was the winner with Paddy O’Prado finishing second and First Dude coming in third.

In the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 20 Pleasant Prince did much more to impress Preakness Stakes betting handicappers with a second place finish behind Ice Box in a photo finish.

Pleasant Prince has fine Preakness Stakes wagering pedigree as he is by Indy King and Archduchess with bloodlines that include AP Indy, Seattle Slew, Mr. Prospector, and Stately Don.

Leparoux is one of the more interesting jockeys to bet on Preakness Stakes action with as he is a 26 year old that arrived from France in 2003 to be an exercise rider before quickly moving up to jockey with his debut at the Saratoga race course in 2005.  The following year at Saratoga he set the record for the most wins by an apprentice jockey with 28.

In 2006 he won the prestigious Eclipse Award as the top apprentice with 403 wins and over $12 million in purses.  He again won the Eclipse Award in 2009 with 247 wins in 1284 races and over $18 million in purse money.