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With NFL Week 13 about to rev up tomorrow night in Dallas, it’s the perfect time to run through the numbers that came out of Week 12 in the NFL predictions. I wrote an article earlier in the week talking about how the favorites killed the bookies last week and how November as a whole saw favorites go 37-15-4. Thankfully, we’re on to December. Here’s the lowdown on what came out of Week 12.
Favorites Rule the Week
As I’m sure every bookie is aware, Week 12 was the week of the favorite. Overall, they went 12-4, but prior to the Sunday Nighter in Pittsburgh, the favorite was an incredible 12-2. Like I stated in my previous article, five games last week closed with a double-digit spread, including the Eagles (-15), Patriots (-17.5) and Falcons (-11), who all covered, while the Chiefs lost 16-10 to the Bills and the Steelers won by 3 as a 15-point favorite.
Second half spreads weren’t much more favorable to sportsbooks, as the favorite was 10-6. One second half line of note was in the Bears/Eagles game. With a 24-0 half time lead, the Eagles closed as a 4.5-point second half favorite. The Bears won it by half a point holding Philadelphia to 7 points in the second half, with Chicago scoring their only points of the game on a 38-yard Cairo Santos field goal.
No Clear Total Winner
Things evened out when it came to totals in Week 12. The OVER was 7-9 this past week, with second half totals going 9-7. There were a handful of games that had double-digit swings in totals. NFL bookmakers closed the Bills/Chief’s game with a total 47, but finished with only 26 points scores, a difference of -21.
That crazy game in Carolina saw an even bigger difference, with the total of 39 going OVER by 23 with a final score of 35-27. On the other side of the spectrum, Monday Night Football saw the UNDER win by just 0.5 after it closed at 39.5 with Baltimore pulling out a 23-16 win.
Five Teams Top 10 in Total Offense and Defense
At the end of Week 12, we have five teams ranked Top 10 in both total offense and defense, according to ESPN stats. If these stats told the whole story, it easy to see why the Philadelphia Eagles top most power rankings. They are 3 rd in total offense and 6 th in total defense, while the Minnesota Vikings are close behind at No. 5 on both sides of the ball.
Other teams in the Top 10 on both lists include the Pittsburgh Steelers (Off-7, Def-4), the Seattle Seahawks (Off-8, Def-8) and Atlanta Falcons (Off-6, Def-10). The New England Patriots top the list in total offense, but still don’t look like a Bill Belichick coached team at number 30 in total defense. Two teams with very similar numbers who lead their respective divisions are the New Orleans Saints (Off-2, Def-15) and the Los Angles Rams (Off-4, Def-16).
If these numbers stay consistent the rest of the way, you’re most likely looking at the teams that will be playing in the post-season and possibly the best bet to put your money on the rest of the way.
MEXICO V JAMAICA – Taking on each other at CONCACAF GOLD CUP 14TH JULY 2017 – Betting Preview and favorite picks.
Mexico, brimming with confidence after beating El Salvador in a comfortable win has reserved itself a place in knockout teams. There is no room for any kind of doubt except the fact that they have to score another clear win over Jamaica in the upcoming match. On the other hand, Jamaica has just done Curacao in the opening match and they too will be fighting with all their might to secure their chances in knock off matches. This is definitely setting, premise for a nail-biting match and the same reflects in the betting picks that have just come out. Mexico is supported by the bettors with 1/3 for a win, 15/4 for a draw, while Jamaica appears as the game-changer at 9/1.
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Betting tips on Mexico vs. Jamaica
Mexicans are playing their games swift and clear with an aim to score a straight win. Their intentions have come clear in the welcome fixture match where they took the El Salvador team by storm and did not give them much room to save their day. Their liveliness has become the thing to look for. One noteworthy fact is that the Mexican side is not playing with its well-known squad; their intentions are no less fierce. Strong side is the back while the attack is a bit dicey on the Mexican side. So, this event is going to witness lots of action and over 2.5 goals are being seen as the best-paying bet. The
stakes are trading at 8/11 over 2.5 goals and this is quite a promising proposition. The statistics of the last games reveal that Mexico has always been stronger than Jamaica. Their last face-off landed in 3-1 final score with Mexico emerging as the winner. It happened in the same CONCACAF Gold Cup last year. 21/20 is the point where both the teams have witnessed a chaos in action and so, this point is worth putting a wager upon for handsome returns.
Another betting tip is 11/10 on Mexico, if it wins 1-0. Bettors can also consider putting a wager on Jamaica scoring a goal, as El Salvador did not end empty scoreboard against Mexico. Jamaica would do its best to repeat the performance they put up against Curacao which they beat in the opener duel. This match was sort of comeback for Jamaican team that lost to Curacao in Caribbean Cup in the finale. 3-1 result in favor of Mexico at 10/1 is the nice bet to wager upon given the fact that Mexico winning by the score 2-0 is currently the shortest yield option at 5/1. Jamaica losing to Curacao was certainly an upset as this team has not scored many wins in the last few meetings. The numbers say that only 2 of the six meetings ended in favor of Curacao.
Betting Odds on Mexico vs. Jamaica that are making the rounds
Mexico 1/3, Jamaica 9/1, Draw 15/4
Predictions on Mexico vs. Jamaica
All bookmakers in the UK are showing results in favor of Mexico soccer team. This team is quite likely to win. Its opening style is getting aggressive day by day and attack is expected to be their winning bet for the dual against Jamaica too. The last meeting with El Salvador has raised the expectations and an upset is not on the cards this time. The open game move of Mexico is certainly going to keep Jamaica on toes for which the team is not so ready. Thus, it is safe to predict Mexico leading the game with 2.5 or more goals in the coming Mexico vs. Jamaica meeting.
With the Triple Crown now in our rear-view mirror, the attention of the horseracing betting world now shifts to the road to the Breeders’ Cup Classic to close out 2017 with a bang. As such, we will take a look at the top-15 leaderboard rankings, which, of course, includes the best contenders, and we will conclude matters by issuing some early free horse racing picks based on Bovada Racebooks’ betting odds.
For the record, this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic is scheduled to take place Saturday, Nov. 4 at Del Mar racetrack in Del Mar, California. Horseracing betting experts should note that a $6 million purse will be on the line, as 14 (or fewer) three-year-old (and older) international thoroughbreds will go head-to-head in a distance of 1 1/4 miles for this Grade I event.
At the present time, there are two key pieces of information everyone planning to make horseracing picks for this event must be weary of. First, we have the aforementioned top-15 leaderboard rankings, which I will list at the very bottom of the piece. And second, thanks to Bovada’s Racebooks’ efforts, there are already Breeders’ Cup Classic betting odds available, which will also be included when you scroll down.
But first, it’s worth taking a look at the top contenders, according to the latest horse racing futures. So, without further ado, here are the top three betting favorites to win the Breeders Cup 2017, courtesy of Bovada Racebooks:
Arrogate (-250): There’s simply no better way to burst into the scene than with a good old shocker/upset. That’s exactly what Arrogate did when he stunned the horse racing betting world with his win over California Chrome in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic. Trained by Hall of Famer, Bob Baffert, the son of Unbridled’s Song is considered the horse to beat in this mammoth event as a clear -250 favorite. A victory would make it seven straight wins for four-year-old, Arrogate, as he’s claimed the following pivotal races: Travers Stakes (G1) and Breeders’ Cup Classic in 2016, and has gotten 2017 victorious at the Pegasus World Cup (G1) and Dubai World Cup (G1).
Cloud Computing (+1200): Coming in as a distant –and I do mean distant– projected runner-up is none other than Cloud Computing at +1200 horseracing futures. Trained by Chad C. Brown, the son of Maclean’s Music is coming off a very impressive victory at this year’s Preakness Stakes. The win was particularly a high note given that Cloud Computing was coming off a third-place effort at the Wood Memorial-G2 and finished second at the Gotham, which is a Grade 3 event.
Classic Empire (+1200): Rounding out the top three horseracing futures favorites to win the Breeders’ Cup Classic 2017 is a horse that failed to live up to the expectations in this year’s Triple Crown. Listed as another very distance contender, Classic Empire’s chances of winning are extremely attractive at +1200. Trained by Mark E. Casse, the son of Pioneerof the Nile is coming off a second-place finish at the Preakness, a fourth-place effort at the Kentucky Derby and did not compete in the Belmont Stakes. His last victory dates back to April of this year, when he made a statement by winning the Arkansas Derby (G1). Even though it’s very early, there’s no question that Classic Empire is a great choice as either a Win, Place or Show bet for the 2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic.
- Breeders Cup 2017 Picks: Classic Empire (+1200) –If you feel the same as I do as far as his chances go, DO NOT hesitate to place a bet, because, frankly, at +1200, this is an absolute steal!
2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic Betting Odds
- Arrogate -250
- Cloud Computing +1200
- Classic Empire +1200
- Gun Runner +1400
- Always Dreaming +1400
- Churchill +1600
- Shaman Ghost +1600
- Tapwrit +2000
- Ulysses +2500
- Mccracken +3300
- Irish War Cry +3300
- Send It In +3300
- Hoppertunity +5000
- Epicharis +5000
- Keen Ice +5000
2017 Breeders’ Cup Classic Top-15 Leaderboard Rankings (Point Leaders)
- Gun Runner: BCC Winner
- Gold Dream: BCC Winner
- Always Dreaming: 20
- Honorable Duty: 20
- Shaman Ghost: 20
- Classic Empire: 18
- Irish War Cry: 18
- Tapwrit: 18
- Cloud Computing: 14
- Follow Me Crev: 14
- Gormley: 14
- Gunnevera: 14
- Midnight Storm: 14
- Battle of Midway: 12
- Girvin: 12
Just when everyone thought it would business as usual at Elmont Park this week in preparations for the 149th Belmont Stakes the horse racing betting world has been thrown a curveball. As the days leading up to the big race continued to wind down, everyone expected Classic Empire to remain the betting tips favorite following Wednesday’s post positions draw.
Instead, the consensus is all of the sudden out of the race, leaving The Final Jewel of the Triple Crown up for grabs for what will be a 12-horse field. Entering Race Week, Classic Empire was the horse racing betting favorite at 2/1, but due to an abscess in his right front foot, as he simply couldn’t “put the foot down.”
“He’ll be better as soon as it busts open,” said Classic Empire’s trainer, Mark Casse. “He’ll have instant relief, but he can’t run. He’s been too good to us.”
The 149th running of the Belmont Stakes takes place Saturday at Belmont Park in the Big Apple and will be broadcast live at 6:37 p.m. ET on NBC.
The recent developments have forced horseracing picks experts to reissue their betting tips for the 149th Belmont Stakes. At OSH, we’ve also decided to reshuffle the deck and give our readers the new top-three betting favorites following Wednesday’s post positions draw.
Irish War Cry (+280): When the news broke about Classic Empire becoming a scratch, Irish War Cry catapulted himself to the top of the leading contenders. Those who read OSH on the regular know that my betting tips included putting money on both, Classic Empire AND Irish War Cry. Now that horse racing betting oddsmakers are on to me, I’m completely changing my horseracing picks/predictions. This is a quality horse, no question. However, the fact that he drew post position number seven makes me a little uneasy.
Epicharis (+350): We have a new projected runner-up in this race, and his name is Epicharis at +350 horse racing betting odds. Trained by Kiyoshi Hagiwara, this three-year-old colt hails all the way from Japan and is the son of Gold Allure. The problem I have making him the winner is because of his lack of experience, and more so, because he will be in unfamiliar territory, this being his first race in the United States. He drew post position number 11 on the far side, which pretty much eliminates him in terms of betting tips to pull off the upset.
Gormley (+500): Helping round out our new top-three betting tips favorites to win in the list of horseracing futures is Gormley at +500. John A. Shirreffs trains this three-year-old colt from Kentucky, who’s the son of Malibu Moon. Gormley drew post position number three, putting him close to the inside rail, which we all know is the shortest distance to the finish line. In addition, experience will not be an issue, as he will be making his eighth start of his horse racing career. during that span, Gormley has tallied four victories, highlighted by wins at FrontRunner Stakes-G1, Sham Stakes-G3 and Santa Anita Derby-G1. He will be looking to bounce back from a ninth-place finish at the Kentucky Derby.
- 149th Belmont Stakes Betting Tips: Tapwrit: +500
149th Belmont Stakes Post Positions & Betting Odds Futures
- Twisted Tom: +1500
- Tapwrit: +500
- Gormley: +500
- J Boys Echo: +1500
- Hollywood Handsome: +2500
- Lookin at Lee: +700
- Irish War Cry: +280
- Senior Investment: +1000
- Meantime: +1700
- Multiplier: +1000
- Epicharis: +350
- Patch: +2500
With the official 2017 Belmont Stakes post positions draw looming, horse racing betting odds experts and predictions specialists are looking to get the upper hand on one another. That’s because immediately after the post positions are announced, horse racing oddsmakers rush to make their final adjustments prior to the influx of late wagers.
Naturally, all the early talks revolve around Classic Empire, as he’s poised to remain the horse racing betting favorite. However, seasoned bettors know that placing wagers prior to the post positions could prove to be a lucrative move, as the favorite’s ROI value tends to decrease after the following hurdle prior to the race is cleared.
At the present time, Classic Empire is listed as a 2/1 frontrunner, which is a pretty darn good value for your buck. By this time tomorrow, I can almost guarantee that he will not be as attractive of a bet though. So, not only is the time to place a wager now, but judging by the way his workouts are going, Classic Empire is going to be tough to beat Saturday at Belmont Park in Elmont, New York, particularly because of his poise.
“We just look for him to have good energy,” said his trainer Mark Casse. “He’s not a horse who gets excited, so he’s not a horse who is going to jump around and you say, ‘Oh, he’s feeling great.’ You just look for him to be kind of happy. Some days he’s a little more aggressive than others. We don’t look for excuses not to run. If they’re happy and healthy and there’s a race, we’re going to run ‘em.”
As I stated in my most recent piece, I like his chances to finally win his first Triple Crown race after failed attempts at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes. That said, I’ve had many people hit me up on social media asking me for a secondary horseracing predictions winner with the potential to pull off an upset.
Personally, at 6/1 horse racing futures betting odds, it would be impossible to pass up on placing a wager on Irish War Cry. Under the tutelage of trainer H. Graham Motion, the son of Curlin got his career off to a blistering start. The New Jersey native was victorious in his first three starts, including wins at the Marylander Stakes and Holy Bull-G2.
Even though he would go on to let me down –given that I tapped him as my horse racing predictions winner –by finishing seventh at the Fountain of Youth-G2, he showed his championship mettle when he won the Wood Memorial-G2 at Aqueduct. He would go on to have a terrible showing in the first leg of the Triple Crown, finishing 10th at the Derby, but that just means that he’s poised for another solid effort.
- 2017 Belmont Stakes Predictions: Classic Empire (2/1) & Irish War Cry (6/1)
2017 Belmont Stakes Horse Betting Odds
- Classic Empire: 2/1
- Epicharis: 6/1
- Lookin at Lee: 6/1
- Irish War Cry: 6/1
- Senior Investment: 9/1
- Tapwrit: 9/1
- Gormley: 16/1
- Twisted Tom: 18/1
- Patch: 20/1
- J Boys Echo: 25/1
- Multiplier: 25/1
- Meantime: 25/1
- Hollywood Handsome: 40/1
As reported late last month, Kentucky Derby winner, Always Dreaming and Preakness Stakes champion, Cloud Computing have decided to skip the Belmont Stakes 2017. This means that from the top-13 contenders in the current rankings, a new thoroughbred will shine the brightest in what horse racing picks experts refer to as the “The Third Jewel of the Triple Crown.”
After going into the Preakness with high hopes, Todd Pletcher’s Always Dreaming tanked at Pimlico. The loss, not only brought to an end his Triple Crown hopes, but also ended horse racing betting aficionados’ interest in wagering on the son of Bodemeister following his lackluster eighth-place finish effort.
“Todd [Pletcher] ended up conferring with the majority partners and I think they just want to take a deep breath with him” said Terry Finley of West Point Thoroughbreds. “There are some really exciting spots for him later in the year. Certainly the big one is the Travers. So that was the thinking –we take a pause here and regroup.”
As far as Cloud Computing is concerned, his trainer Chad Brown also went public with his decision to pull the Preakness Stakes winner from next Saturday’s Triple Crown finale. Instead, the 2016 Eclipse Award for Outstanding Trainer award recipient will put his hopes on Private Terms and Federico Tesio winner, Twisted Tom.
“As we try to plan his second half of the year, we just don’t feel like running in a mile and a half race just three weeks after his strong performance in the Preakness is the right thing to do for him if we want to have a horse for the rest of the year,” said Brown.
So, which are the early favorites to win the Belmont Stakes 2017 as we enter Race Week in Elmont, New York. For the record, the 149th running of the Belmont Stakes takes place Saturday, June 10 at Belmont Park in the Big Apple, and here are the top three contenders most horse racing picks specialists will be studying closely prior to the post position draw later in the week:
Classic Empire (2/1): After a few failed attempts, all indications are that Classic Empire is now fit for his mainstream coming-out party, and with good reason. Trained by Mark Casse, the Arkansas Derby-G1 winner is the early horse racing betting favorite at 2/1. Classic Empire is coming off a fourth-place effort at the Kentucky Derby-G1 before earning the Show/runner-up spot at the Preakness, but appears to be in “perfect” form for this weekend’s Triple Crown clincher. At this point (pending the official post positions draw), I certainly like his chances as he hopes the third time will prove to be the charm.
Epicharis (5/1): Coming in as a close second-place in the horseracing futures list of contenders/rankings is Japanese import, Epicharis at 5/1. Trained by Kiyoshi Hagiwara, the son of Gold Allure will be making his American debut on one of the biggest stages in the horse racing betting world. The Hyacinth Stakes winner will be looking for the second victory of his young career following a second-place effort at the UAE Derby-G2 last March. Hagiwara was pleased with his first practice run following his arrival in the States last Thursday. “It was just to check how he is here since arriving from Japan,” he said. “It looked like he’s okay so it was good. Tomorrow he will go a lot faster, and longer, but he’s not sure if he’ll go here or the main track.”
Lookin at Lee (5/1): Also listed as a 5/1 in the Belmont Stakes 2017 contenders/rankings is a more familiar name to the American horse racing betting base in Lookin at Lee. Under the watchful eye of Hall of Fame trainer Steven Asmussen, the son of Lookin At Lucky also appears to be a great bet/risk come Saturday night at Belmont Park. Lookin at Lee is coming off an impressive second-place finish at the Derby, and was also in contention at the Preakness where he placed fourth. After completing his half-mile practice, Asmussen’s assistant, Toby Sheets was certainly pleased with what he saw. “He came back great and I thought it went perfect. He seems to really like Belmont. We got great weather this morning, so that always helps.”
- Belmont Stakes 2017 Horse Racing Picks: Classic Empire (2/1)
2017 Belmont Stakes Top-13 Rankings & Contenders’ Futures Odds
- Classic Empire: 2/1
- Epicharis: 5/1
- Lookin at Lee: 5/1
- Senior Investment: 8/1
- Irish War Cry: 9/1
- Tapwrit: 10/1
- Twisted Tom: 14/1
- Gormley: 16/1
- Irap: 16/1
- Patch: 18/1
- J Boys Echo: 20/1
- Multiplier: 25/1
- Meantime: 25/1
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
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
We have entered Race Week at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, as we are getting things ready for the 2017 Preakness Stakes. It is now Monday morning in the Charm City and horse racing betting experts are gearing up to issue their predictions based on a brand new list of future odds that recently went public.
Last week, we provided OSH readers with the most recent, up-to-date list of top-15 leaderboard rankings and contenders for the 2017 Preakness Stakes. This week, horse racing betting oddsmakers at Bovada narrowed the field to 10 potential, rather intriguing possible entries.
What we will do in this instance is that I will issue my early predictions winner for Saturday’s race, but I reserve the right to change my mind until the post positions are drawn later in the week. the reason being is because the importance of post positions cannot be overlooked, and given the way some of these horses match up, it could prove to be the determining factor.
Those of you that read OSH on a regular basis are very well aware of the fact that I’m kind of on-fire right now, particularly when it comes to prognosticating Always Dreaming’s races. For the record, I predicted the son of Bodemeister would win the Florida Derby despite being listed as an underdog against Gunnevera as well as the Kentucky Derby when he was second-best behind Classic Empire.
For the 2017 Preakness Stakes, everyone is now aboard the Always Dreaming bandwagon, but I’m not convinced he has one more spectacular performance without some help. Don’t get me wrong, I do believe Todd Pletcher’s colt is talented enough to win “The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown,” but it’s all going to come down to post positions.
As a matter of fact, I would not be surprised one bit if Always Dreaming ends up finishing outside the top three should he draw a post position on the far side. If that is the case, horses like Classic Empire and Gunnevera will have a legitimate chance to end Pletcher’s hopes of a Triple Crown and ruin most expetrs’ horse racing predictions.
In either case, I’m taking Always Dreaming as my early favorite, but as I stated above, it’s all going to depend on where he lines up come Race Day. here’s a look at the latest horse racing futures betting odds, but first, let’s make my 2017 Preakness Stakes predictions choice official.
- 2017 Preakness Stakes Predictions: Always Dreaming (EVEN)
2017 Preakness Stakes Future Odds
- Always Dreaming: EVEN
- Classic Empire: +400
- Looking at Lee: +1100
- Royal Mo: +1200
- Gunnevera: +1200
- Hence: +1200
- Conquest Mo Money: +1600
- Cloud Computing: +2000
- Multiplier: +2000
- Senior Investment: +2500
The 2017 MLB baseball season is well underway, and for all intents and purposes, there appears to be a little extra excitement about America’s favorite pastime this year. By now, everyone has recovered from the hangover that ensued following the celebration of the Chicago Cubs’ historic World Series title. That means that it is once again time to take a look at the early MLB baseball season predictions favorites and their future odds to win the Fall Classic 2017.
For what it’s worth, Cubbies fans would be glad to know that, at the present time, the defending World Series champs have odds in their favor to pull off a rare re-peat. For the record, the Chicago Cubs’ World Series odds to go all the way once again are valued at a very attractive money line of +450.
But, as attractive as the Cubs’ chances are at this point in the season, there’s a bevy of teams chomping at the bit to dethrone them at even more profitable prices. Take for example the teams with the second best MLB baseball futures odds to win the 2017 World Series. Listed at +700 betting lines are none other than the Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Houston Astros.
Want more? Good, because it gets better from there. The next team in the list is one that many folks wouldn’t hesitate to put money on to go all the way, even this early in the season. At an eye-popping value of +850, the former Montreal Expos, Washington Nationals sit alone in the fifth spot in the category of betting favorites to win the 2017 World Series, which may come as a surprise to some.
Following on the theme of historic franchises, the revamped, young (that still sounds weird, doesn’t it) New York Yankees are my personal predictions pick to go all the way. This decision is not only because of their +900 MLB baseball futures, but more so because everyone knows they are always determined to make the right moves to chase what would be an unprecedented (in any sport) 28th World Series title.
After dismantling last year’s overpaid/old squad, Yankees skipper Joe Girardi and the Bronx Bombers are off to a surprising 21-10 record. That mark is good enough for second place in all of MLB baseball and trailing only the AL East-leading (22-10) Baltimore Orioles.
What makes the Yanks such a dangerous opponent when it comes down to going all the way?
It’s no secret that this team is still in need of some starting pitching. With one of, if not, the best bullpen in the majors, all Brian Cashman has to worry about is adding some starters to a rotation that’s less-than-stellar. Nevertheless, considering how well this team is playing, and all their resources, it would not shock me to see them go after what could be their missing link in the road towards yet another World Series ring.
- 2017 World Series Predictions: New York Yankees +900
2017 World Series Future MLB Baseball Odds
- Chicago Cubs: +450
- Boston Red Sox: +700
- Cleveland Indians: +700
- Houston Astros: +700
- Washington Nationals: +850
- New York Yankees: +900
- Los Angeles Dodgers: +1100
- Baltimore Orioles: +1900
- Colorado Rockies: +2000
- New York Mets: +2000
- Arizona Diamondbacks: +2500
- St. Louis Cardinals: +2500
- Seattle Mariners: +3500
- Detroit Tigers: +4000
- Toronto Blue Jays: +4000
- Pittsburgh Pirates: +5000
- Minnesota Twins: +5500
- Texas Rangers: +5500
- San Francisco Giants: +6000
- Miami Marlins: +7000
- Kansas City Royals: +7500
- Los Angeles Angels: +8000
- Tampa Bay Rays: +8000
- Cincinnati Reds: +10000
- Milwaukee Brewers: +15000
- Oakland Athletics: +15000
- Chicago White Sox: +20000
- Philadelphia Phillies: +20000
- Atlanta Braves: +25000
- San Diego Padres: +25000