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Preakness Stakes 2012 Betting Predictions

by Blake Stevens on Saturday, May 19th, 2012

The moment of truth is finally here, as Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, will be the site for the 137th Preakness Stakes 2012 betting predictions! 11 three-year-old thoroughbreds will be competing for the $1 million first place prize in what should be a must see event.

The main storyline for this year’s Preakness Stakes is, of course, the 2012 Triple Crown bid. I’ll Have Another put himself on the map with an incredible come-from-behind victory over Kentucky Derby betting predictions favorite Bodemeister, which is something his trainer has soaked in this week.

“It’s been a blast. Incredible. We’ve taken advantage of it, and done some cool things,” said a smiling Doug O’Neill on Friday morning. “They just really rolled out the red carpet for us. Obviously, it’s a lot of fun when your horse is doing as good as he is.”

The son of Empire Maker dominated the field for 9 furlongs, recording record-breaking times, as he appeared to be cruising. However, after the final turn, I’ll Have Another — who was listed as a Derby longshot — emerged out of the bunch to outsprint Bob Baffert’s horse in the final 100 yards. According to his trainer, the Santa Anita Derby winner has recovered nicely since then. Get your professional Preakness predictions here!

“He looks fantastic. Great energy,” O’Neill added. “He’s maintained his beautiful, long stride. We’re just very happy with each day that goes by.”

I’ll Have Another won’t be flying under anyone’s radar any longer as he’s sure to have a very tough task in trying to keep his Tripe Crown hopes alive. Especially considering the rematch will take place on a shorter track that appears to be perfect for Bodemeister’s style, it’s going to be interesting to see how this lopsided Preakness Stakes 2012 betting predictions matchup plays out.

Much like in the Derby, I’ll Have Another vs. Bodemeister will be a typical, David vs. Goliath scenario. On one side you have a legendary trainer in Baffert, with a Hall of Fame jockey in Mike Smith and the odds stacked in their favor against a controversial trainer with a rookie jockey in Mario Gutierrez. So, who will win round 2 of this heated rivalry?

Free OSH Preakness Stakes 2012 betting predictions: By now you’ve heard it all: Bodemeister is the better horse and should win this race easily. But what are the chances that I’ll Have Another shocks the world twice? In my humble opinion, I don’t even see him finishing in the top three. In fact, I believe that he has one of the worst chances of upsetting Bodemeister.

If I had to pick two horses that seem prime for an upset, in would have to go with Went The Day Well and Creative Cause. Truth is that Bodemeister is the best horse by far. The moment that Union Rags’ handlers decided to out of the Preakness, this became Bodemeister’s race to lose. My Preakness betting odds pick for this race is Bodemeister and my underdog pick, I’ll give you two: Went The Day Well and Creative Cause.

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Here’s one final look at the Preakness Stakes 2012 post positions and Saturday morning betting odds:
 

  • 1 – Tiger Walk: 33/1
  • 2 – Teeth of the Dog: 18/1 
  • 3 – Pretension: 33/1
  • 4 – Zetterholm: 25/1
  • 5 – Went the Day Well: 6/1
  • 6 – Creative Cause: 7/1
  • 7 – Bodemeister: 8/5
  • 8 – Daddy Nose Best: 14/1
  • 9 – I’ll Have Another: 5/2
  • 10 – Optimizer: 33/1
  • 11 – Cozetti: 33/1