Preakness Stakes odds excitement is high for Shackleford as he fits all of the characteristics of a Preakness Stakes betting winner and proved to be a serious Kentucky Derby contender.
The 136th Preakness Stakes will take place from Baltimore, Maryland’s Pimlico Racetrack on Saturday. Be sure to have your Sports Gambling account open and ready for action as the second leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown series will take place.
Shackleford is coming off both an impressive and disappointing run in the Kentucky Derby as he led from the start all the way into the stretch before giving out and fading to fourth at the wire.
Since the Kentucky Derby is a longer run than the Preakness Stakes many handicappers will consider Shackleford as a serious Preakness Stakes wagering contender due to his ability to sprint at a shorter distance.
Shackleford first caught the attention of Triple Crown racing handicappers with a close 2nd place run in the Florida Derby on April 3, which is another Grade 1 race and one of the most prestigious prep races for the Triple Crown racing season.
Shackleford will enter Saturday as a popular Preakness Stakes handicapping selection based on those strong performances in Grade 1 races along with the fact that he finished as a winner in his two previous races before the Florida Derby and Kentucky Derby.
Jockey Jesus Castanon will get the mount aboard Shackleford in the Preakness Stakes. Although he primarily rides on the Kentucky circuit he has also seen action in California, Washington, Chicago, and Florida. Castanon has over 2000 career wins and will make his first ever start in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
Trainer Dale Romans will lead out Shackleford to the starting gate and is one of the most respected in all of horse racing. Romans has numerous training titles in Kentucky at Churchill Downs, Keeneland, and Turfway Park. Romans brings enhanced credibility to Shackleford and was the trainer of First Dude, who finished 2nd with the Preakness Stakes odds last year.
Shackleford’s speed could prove to be the difference on Saturday and make him a serious threat to stop Animal Kingdom’s bid to win the Triple Crown.