Horse Racing Preakness
Stakes - Saturday, May 19, 2018 -
The Preakness traditionally features the top Kentucky Derby finishers competing in the run for the Black Eyed Susans. 10 horses are usually entered each year competing against the Derby winner for the second jewel in the Triple Crown.
This year, Preakness post positions and morning line odds were announced from Pimlico on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at 5PM ET. There are only eight horses in the running at this year's Preakness Stakes including Kentucky Derby winner Justified, along with Derby also-rans Good Magic, Bravazo, and Lonely Sailor. Meanwhile, keep it here for the complete lineup on Wednesday:
post positions and morning line odds:
|2. Lone Sailor
||Irad Ortiz Jr
|3. Sporting Chance
||D. Wayne Lukas
|4. Diamond King
|5. Good Magic
||Ricardo Santana, Jr.
||D. Wayne Lukas
2018 Preakness Stakes will be the 143rd running of the historic race. As always, the scene in Baltimore offers the same crazy hats and wild offtrack celebrations as the other two Triple Crown races.
Preakness race day parties are the most popular way to celebrate
For The Black Eyed Susans" (so named because the bright yellow blossom is the state flower of Maryland.)
Not to mention that the Black
Eyed Susan cocktail also happens to be the name of
the signature drink of all Preakness celebrations.
How to Pick a Preakness Winner
The Preakness is a bit easier to handicap than the Kentucky Derby, but it's still a horse race. With some of the same colts that raced in the Derby in contention, the rest of the field may be unknown. Even so, in the Preakness every horse in the field is a champion. Most have competed successfully in other Stakes races, but never against the best three year olds in the racing world.
To chose the winner of this championship race, you need to know the pedigree of the horse and his past history in Stakes races. How the horse handles various track conditions can mean the difference between a win and an also-ran. Who trains and rides the colt is another fact that handicappers look at. The pros can also look back on patterns of past Preakness winners and use that knowledge to predict the outcome.
Do you think Kentucky Derby winners stand out in the Preakness? You bet! The horses that do well in the first leg of the triple crown typically perform well in the Preakness.
Doc's Sports provides this information, "Recent history has treated the Kentucky Derby winner very kindly in the Preakness. Six of the last 10 Derby winners have gone to the Belmont with a shot at the Triple Crown. All six of those horses - Silver Charm, Real Quiet, Charismatic, War Emblem, Funny Cide and Smarty Jones - have looked solid coming into the Preakness off impressive Derby wins, and all have met the lofty expectations at Pimlico."
The Preakness this year may have fewer Derby horses repeating, which adds a bit more suspense to the outcome. A large number of new horses may mean some unexpected challenges to the Derby veterans as the Preakness unfolds. A smaller Preakness field means more room for maneuvering through the pack and the shorter course may play an important part in the outcome.
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