The stage is finally set for the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes, as today, the final order of business before the actual race was taken care of. Of course, by that I mean that the official horseracing post positions were drawn, enabling us to do our job by issuing our Win, Place and Show picks for the 2017 Preakness Stakes.
As anticipated, this year’s Run for the Black-Eyed Susans will consist of a 10-horse field, highlighted by horse racing betting odds favorite, Always Dreaming. As we’ve been pointing out for the past two weeks, the chances of keeping his Triple Crown hopes alive would depend solely on this race’s post positions.
For what it’s worth, the Kentucky Derby winner will be in a decent position, as Todd Pletcher’s colt drew post position number four towards the middle. Following the official draw, horse racing futures oddsmakers recalculated their initial money lines, and as of Thursday morning, Always Dreaming’s worth is now set at -125 money-line.
With a shorter distance and a smaller field, the son of Bodemeister will have his biggest challenger lined up right next to him. After drawing post position number five, Classic Empire (+225) will get a very close look at rival, Always Dreaming, as he attempts to avenge his loss at Churchill Downs a few weeks ago.
Coincidentally, I have already given you my horse racing picks for the Win and Place at the 2017 Preakness Stakes. For the record, I have Always Dreaming continuing his march towards history, with the only concern being that he will have to win on just two-weeks rest rather than the usual month break he had previously gotten leading up to the Florida Derby and the first leg of the Triple Crown.
Rounding out my 2017 Preakness Stakes, horse racing picks top three finishers is none other than Gunnevera at +1500 horseracing futures. The son of Dialed In is not only a great bet as the Show spot at the Preakness Stakes, but I wouldn’t be surprise if he steals the show by stunning both, Always Dreaming and Classic Empire Saturday night at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.
2017 Preakness Stakes Picks (Win Place Show)
- Win: Always Dreaming (-125)
- Place: Classic Empire (+225)
- Show: Gunnevera (+1500)
Preakness Stakes 2017 Post Positions & Horseracing Futures
- Multiplier: +3000
- Cloud Computing: +1200
- Hence: +1500
- Always Dreaming: -125
- Classic Empire: +225
- Gunnevera: +1500
- Term of Art: +4000
- Senior Investment: +3500
- Lookin At Lee: +1000
- Conquest Mo Money: +900