The 2017 Preakness Stakes takes place this Saturday, May 20th, at historic Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore Maryland.The second jewel of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes almost always offers low odds on favorites. The reason is because favorites often win the race.
What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2017
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Both American Pharoah and California Chrome, in 2015 and 2014, won the Preakness as the favorite. Nyquist didn’t win the Preakness last year. But, Nyquist ran against rival Exaggerator over a sloppy track. Exaggerator was a great horse in the slop. Even with the draw scheduled for mid-week, 5Dimes.com has the early betting odds.
Early 2017 Preakness Stakes Odds
|Horse||Current Preakness Odds|
|Lookin at Lee||+1500|
|Conquest Mo Money||+1600|
|Term of Art||N/A|
|Battle of Midway||+1500|
|Irish War Cry||+1000|
Always Dreaming, the -150 Preakness favorite that easily won the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks ago, won the Derby over the slop. The big question facing Always Dreaming is whether anyone can beat him racing over a fast track. There’s only a 20% chance of rain in Baltimore for this Saturday. There’s a 50% chance of rain on Friday, though. If it rains, you must expect Always Dreaming’s odds to drop from -150 to -200.
Even if it doesn’t rain, Always Dreaming might be worse than a -150 favorite to win the Preakness Stakes. So far, only one other probable entrant is expected to go off at odds less than +900, that’s two-year-old champion Classic Empire.
The Mark Casse trainee had arguably the worst trip of any of the horses in the Derby. The trip was so bad that on Sunday morning, Classic Empire showed up with a shiner. His left eye had closed shut. Casse is bullish on his horse. So far, horseplayers have been bullish on Classic Empire as well. The two-year-old champion’s odds have dropped from +475 to +675 all the way to +375. Per the odds, if any horse can beat Always Dreaming at Pimlico this Saturday, it’s Classic Empire.
The +900 horse is Lookin At Lee. The Steve Asmussen trainee is the only horse to make up ground on Always Dreaming in the Derby. The reason his odds aren’t lower is because he got a dream trip up the rail at Churchill Downs while horses like Classic Empire had to go wide on the worst part of the track.
Some horseplayers appear to be taking that fact into account before betting on Lookin At Lee. With that being written, his odds should remain under double-digits. Lookin At Lee’s trainer, Steve Asmussen, has won the Preakness Stakes twice, in 2007 with Curlin, and in 2009 with Rachel Alexandra.
Horse bettors have beaten Gunnevera down to +1000 after the horse opened at +1600 in most sportsbooks to win the Preakness Stakes. The Antonio Sano-trained son of Dialed In should run well if the pace is swift on May 20. He has a lot of fans, which means like Lookin At Lee, Gunnevera too should keep his odds.
The other horse getting some play is the Chad Brown trained Cloud Computing. A third-place finisher to Irish War Cry and Battalion Runner in the Wood Memorial, Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby to prepare the Preakness. Last year, Brown won the Eclipse Award for Outstanding trainer. That, more than anything, is why the horse’s odds to win the Preakness Stakes are steady at +1200 after his odds opened at +2000.
Other horses offering Preakness Stakes odds are Hence at +1500, Conquest Mo Money at +2000, Multiplier and Senior Investment at +3000, and Term of Art at +4500.