While the jockeys on each horse will not determine the odds in Preakness Stakes betting they are an important factor in handicapping the race. Which jockeys have done well in the Preakness?
Preakness Stakes odds are likely to favor Animal Kingdom who won the Kentucky Derby. The horse was ridden by John Velazquez in the Derby and he will probably stay on the horse for the Preakness.
The rider of Animal Kingdom was supposed to be Robby Albarado. He was injured on Wednesday and didn’t ride on Thursday and Friday but he would have been ready for the Derby. The connections of Animal Kingdom decided not to take a chance and pulled him off in favor of John Velazquez who was only available because Uncle Mo was scratched.
Now it is Velazquez who could be on a potential Triple Crown horse in Animal Kingdom instead of Albarado who won the Preakness four years ago aboard Curlin. Velazquez is a jockey who has really not gotten his due. He has ridden more than 4,000 winners in his career and was the best jockey in the world in 2004 and in 2005.
He was ridden eight winners in Breeders’ Cup races but his win on Animal Kingdom was his first in the Kentucky Derby. Now he will try and get his first win in Preakness Stakes wagering.
The leading jockeys in terms of wins at the Preakness are all retired. Eddie Arcaro won six times while Pat Day won five times. The jockey factor is definitely not as important a factor in Preakness handicapping but it is something to consider. When you look at the jockeys for this year’s Preakness look more at what they have done this year.
When Kent Desormeaux won on Big Brown in 2008 he was in the midst of a very good season. That is another reason to like Animal Kingdom in Preakness Stakes betting as there is no question that Velazquez is one of the best jockeys in the world. He went from being on superstar Uncle Mo to riding Animal Kingdom who won the Kentucky Derby. It is hard to argue with that.
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