The final hurdle before making the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes official is the post positions draw, which has a scheduled start time of Wednesday, May, 17 at 5 p.m. ET. Unlike in the Kentucky Derby, the field for The Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown will be trimmed down to a list of top-10 standings (rather than 20), for which we’ve got betting tips on how to approach in order to set yourselves up to win big money.
Over the past several weeks, we’ve been advising our readers to start narrowing down the list of potential winners, but to not pull the trigger on anything prior to the official post positions draw. However, there’s a very good approach for those who would like to make their early horse racing betting selections as soon as possible and prior to any adjustments from the Preakness Stakes racebooks.
Betting on multiple contenders always increases one’s chances of winning, especially when it comes to horse racing at this level. Luckily, the 142nd Preakness Stakes offers not one, not two, not three, but four quality-betting options to chose from the current top-10 standings. For the record, it’s worth noting that the Preakness Stakes 2017 will be slightly shorter than the distance ran at the Derby, as it will consist of a 1 3/16 miles (9.5 furlongs) competition on a left-handed dirt track.
The first horse everyone should be betting on is, of course, the horse racing picks betting favorite, Always Dreaming. The reason being is because the Todd Pletcher product is on fire right now, and with a shorter distance to travel, he seems poised to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive. Nevertheless, before betting the farm on Always Dreaming, let’s wait until the post positions are announced. Thus, I would make a small wager on him for the time being, and it would be prudent to await OSH’s further instructions on this one.
Naturally, at +250, it would be silly to pass up on a quality bet such as Classic Empire. Despite his lackluster effort at the Kentucky Derby, Mark Casse’s colt is extremely dangerous, and clearly has all the tools to make life interesting for Always Dreaming and the rest of the Preakness Stakes field.
Next up on my list is another contender that’s no stranger to horse racing predictions experts. Tapped with a whopping +1200 horse racing futures is none other than Antonio Sano’s Gunnevera. The son of Dialed In will look to bounce back from a seventh place finish at the Derby, and regain the form that got him the upset win over Irish War Cry at the Fountain of Youth in March.
Finally, my longshot betting tips (upset) choice for the 142nd Preakness Stakes is none other than Term of Art –at an incredible +3000 horse racing futures odds. Trained by 2012 Preakness Stakes winning trainer, Doug O’Neill, the son of Tiznow will have a world-class jockey on mount in Jose Ortiz.
Now that you have OSH’s early Race Week betting tips, here’s the current top-10 standings and their respective horseracing futures odds –pending 142nd Preakness Stakes Post Positions draw (Wed., 5 p.m. ET scheduled time):
- Always Dreaming – Todd Pletcher (trainer), John Velazquez (jockey): -140
- Classic Empire – Mark Casse (trainer), Julien Leparoux (jockey): +250
- Cloud Computing – Chad Brown (trainer), Javier Castellano (jockey): +2000
- Conquest Mo Money – Miguel Hernandez (trainer), Jorge Carreno (jockey): +2000
- Gunnevera – Antonio Sano (trainer), Mike Smith (jockey): +1200
- Hence – Steve Asmussen (trainer), Florent Geroux (jockey): +2000
- Lookin at Lee – Steve Asmussen (trainer), Corey Lanerie (jockey):
- Multiplier – Brendan Walsh (trainer), Joel Rosario (jockey): +2000
- Senior Investment – Ken McPeek (trainer), Channing Hill (jockey): +3000
- Term of Art – Doug O’Neill (trainer), Jose Ortiz (jockey): +3000