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SportPreakness predictions: Who to bet on for Saturday's wide-open Triple Crown race

16:50  17 may  2019
16:50  17 may  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

Maximum Security's Preakness status unclear after Derby DQ

Maximum Security's Preakness status unclear after Derby DQ The next stop in the Triple Crown chase is the Preakness, though Maximum Security is no longer in contention for horse racing's ultimate prize.

The Preakness Stakes. Thoroughbred racing comes to Maryland on the third Saturday in May each year for the second and shortest leg in The triple 2018 Winner: Justify Four horses finished within a length of each other but Justify had enough to hold on for the win. Jockey Mike Smith brought home a

How to bet him: Depends on how you see the race playing out. If you want to pick against the Despite being forced wide for basically the entire circuit of the race , he closed strong and finished in Despite starting in the widest post, the smaller field of the Preakness should make the race an easier

Preakness predictions: Who to bet on for Saturday's wide-open Triple Crown race© Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC Improbable participates in a morning workout at Pimlico Race Course. Despite the controversy still swirling around this year’s Kentucky Derby finish, there was a brief hope in the aftermath of that race that the Preakness Stakes might be a prime beneficiary of the increased attention on horse racing.

Instead, owner Gary West decided to take his ball and go home with Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the Derby but was disqualified for interference. And with de facto Derby winner Country House out of training while being treated for a minor illness, it’s probably going to be months before either horse gets a chance at redemption.

Maximum Security arrives at trainer's barn in Monmouth Park

Maximum Security arrives at trainer's barn in Monmouth Park Maximum Security has arrived at Monmouth Park in New Jersey. The first Kentucky Derby winner disqualified for interference in the race's 145-year history arrived at the track shortly before 6 a.m. The colt was taken to the barn of trainer Jason Servis. The horse was walked and then put in a stall to rest. Servis was not present. He is expected to be here Wednesday or Thursday, a track spokesman said. There were a few photographers, a videographer and a reporter outside the No. 2 barn at the Shore track, which had a big pink plant in front and hanging flower pots.

How to bet him: Depends on how you see the race playing out. If you want to pick against the If he runs the race of his life and winds up in the top three, it'll be a nice bonus to anyone who hit their trifecta. Reasons to be wary: Diamond King won his invitation to the Preakness Stakes thanks to a

Smith, who on Saturday got his sixth win in a Triple Crown race on the same grounds where he captured his first 25 years ago, acknowledged afterward that Justify, the colt Justify is the 36th horse to win both the Derby and the Preakness , but only 12 horses have pulled off the Triple Crown sweep.

But as delicious as a rematch would have been between Maximum Security and Country House along with War of Will, the horse that Maximum Security interfered with around the second turn at Churchill Downs, the 144th Preakness will instead have to brand itself as one of the most wide-open runnings in recent memory.

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While the lack of star power isn’t great for the sport or likely for NBC’s television ratings, it’s an intriguing and challenging race from a handicapping perspective. Unlike most editions of the Preakness, where a horse who ran well in the Derby is the clear favorite, only four horses from Kentucky stayed on the Triple Crown trail.

Kentucky Derby winner Country House out of Preakness

Kentucky Derby winner Country House out of Preakness Kentucky Derby winner Country House will not run in this month's Preakness Stakes in Baltimore, Pimlico Race Course said on Tuesday, ruling out the prospect of a Triple Crown this year. Country House won the Kentucky Derby on Saturday after on-track winner Maximum Security was disqualified for interference and was expected to be in the Preakness Stakes field on May 18. The chestnut son of 2010 Preakness Stakes winner Lookin At Lucky is the first Kentucky Derby winner to miss the second leg of U.S. thoroughbred horse racing's Triple Crown since 1996 when Grindstone was found to have a knee injury and was retired.

In the United States, the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing , commonly known as the Triple Crown , is a title awarded to a three-year-old Thoroughbred horse who wins the Kentucky Derby

The Preakness Stakes is an American flat thoroughbred horse race held on the third Saturday in May each year at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland.

They’re led by Improbable, the Bob Baffert trainee who ran a solid but unspectacular fifth (moved up to fourth via disqualification) and War of Will, who had a clear run at the top of the stretch after the bumping incident with Maximum Security but flattened out in the stretch to finish eighth (placed seventh). The other two Derby runners, Win Win Win and Bodexpress, were compete non-factors.

Improbable was made the 5-to-2 favorite on the morning line with War of Will the second choice at 2-to-1. Both of them figure to be overbet by the public because of familiarity and, in Improbable’s case, blind support for a Baffert barn that has won the Preakness seven times.

It’s certainly possible that these are simply the two best horses in an unusually weak Preakness field and will justify their short odds on race day. But as a bettor, it’s hard to find much value in a horse like Improbable, who laid just off a fast pace in the Derby, had no real traffic trouble and simply wasn’t fast enough to hit the board.

Improbable gets Smith aboard for possible Preakness run

Improbable gets Smith aboard for possible Preakness run Improbable will have Triple Crown-winning jockey Mike Smith aboard if the colt runs in the Preakness on May 18. Trainer Bob Baffert said he was making the switch from Irad Ortiz Jr. because "Mike and I have a little luck together." Baffert and Smith teamed with Justify to win the Triple Crown last year. Ortiz rode Improbable to a fifth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. The colt was moved up to fourth following Maximum Security's disqualification.

The 2013 Preakness Stakes is nearly here, meaning it' s The 2013 Preakness Stakes is nearly here, meaning it' s time to identify some winners and get your bets in. This horse didn’t show at the Derby, as trainer Bob Baffert instead decided to focus his efforts on winning this prestigious race at Pimlico.

second jewel of the Triple Crown on Saturday in the Preakness Stakes . Drape: This one is going to attract betting money because of the trainer-jockey combo, but that is not but was pointed toward this race instead, and Castellano chose him over Gunnevera, whom he rode to a seventh-place finish

With that in mind, I’m gravitating toward the horses who didn’t run in the Derby. Most of them, admittedly, missed the Derby for one reason — they ran poorly in prep races this spring and couldn’t accumulate enough points to get in the starting gate at Churchill Downs.

But two newcomers entered Saturday stand out as legitimate contenders: Owendale and Anothertwistafate, who ran 1-2 in the Lexington Stakes at Keeneland on April 13.

For much of the spring, Owendale didn’t look like much of a Triple Crown prospect. Though he impressively won a conditional allowance race at the Fair Grounds in January, he was essentially eliminated from the Derby conversation after fading to eighth in the Risen Star stakes.

But a change in strategy paid big dividends in the Lexington, as jockey Florent Geroux took him off the pace after Owendale had shown early speed in his previous starts. And despite fairly slow fractions, Owendale was able to make a sweeping move around the far turn that carried him to the lead, winning by a commanding 1 3/4 lengths.

Owendale, who ran a 98 Beyer Speed Figure that day, has trained well since the Lexington, clocking a five-furlong breeze for trainer Brad Cox in 59 1/5 seconds on May 11. In other words, he’s shown he’s fast enough to win this race.

Field for 2019 Preakness Stakes could be largest for Triple Crown's second leg since 2011

Field for 2019 Preakness Stakes could be largest for Triple Crown's second leg since 2011 A handful from the 2019 Kentucky Derby and several new shooters are expected for the 2019 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

The Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing , often shortened to Triple Crown , comprises three races for three-year-old thoroughbred horses.

A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the 2019 Preakness on a Owendale is one of eight 2019 Preakness horses that weren't in the Run for the Roses, but will likely make their Triple Crown debut on Saturday .

Anothertwistafate also ran well that day, losing some ground in traffic on the far turn before rallying to finish second. He should be laying close to the pace in the Preakness.

At 10-to-1 on the morning line, Owendale represents the best value in the field. Though it’s certainly possible his strong performance in the Lexington was a one-off, it was both a visually impressive performance and one that would place him in the race’s top-tier from a speed figure standpoint (Improbable and Win Win Win previously posted career-best Beyer figures of 99). If he repeats that effort or improves, he’ll be in strong position to win the Preakness.

Though a monster payout like the Derby is difficult in a 13-horse field, several long shots have a chance to hit the board. Among them are Signalman, who was one of the nation’s top 2-year olds last fall; the local horse Alwaysmining, who has won six in a row at nearby Laurel Park; and Warriors Charge, the other Cox trainee who has never run in a stakes race but dominated his last two races at Oaklawn Park.

If Owendale wins, throwing those horses into exactas and trifectas along with the two favorites could generate a nice score on the exotics.

Filly dies on track at Pimlico the day before Preakness

Filly dies on track at Pimlico the day before Preakness A filly has collapsed and died while running at Pimlico Race Course, the day before the track hosts the Preakness, the second leg of the Triple Crown. Congrats Gal faltered in the upper stretch of the Miss Preakness Stakes in 83-degree heat and was eased to the finish line. The Stronach Group, which owns Pimlico, and the Maryland Jockey Club said veterinarians attended to the horse immediately and a necropsy will be done to determine the cause of death. " The death marred one of the two biggest days of the year at aging Pimlico, where a sizable crowd gathered for Black-Eyed Susan Day. Covfefe won the eight-horse race for 3-year-old fillies.

Read the latest news about the races of the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Horse Racing . The field is set for the 2017 Belmont Stakes this weekend. A Triple Crown is not on the line this year. Both Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming and Cloud Computing winner of the Preakness Stakes are

Before you bet Saturday ' s Run for the Black-Eyed Susans at Pimlico, you'll want to hear what Jody Demling has to say. A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the 142nd edition of the Preakness fresh off a

Preakness predictions

1st - Owendale

2nd - War of Will

3rd - Anothertwistafate

(Using Improbable, Signalman, Alwaysmining, Warriors Charge in exactas and trifectas.)

Though it’s unfortunate and unusual for a Kentucky Derby winner to miss the Preakness — it’s only happened four times in the last 59 runnings — that doesn’t mean the race will be a dud.

Instead of the Maximum Security-Country House rematch everyone wanted, we instead get a unique betting opportunity. In a race that is usually good to favorites and horses who ran in the Derby, this seems like an ideal year to go against the grain.

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Preakness winner War of Will likely to run in Belmont.
Trainer Mark Casse says there's an "extremely good shot" Preakness winner War of Will runs in the Belmont on June 8 in New York. There won't be a Kentucky Derby rematch with Maximum Security, who was disqualified for interfering with War of Will, or Country House, who was placed first and since been sidelined by illness. Tacitus, surprise Preakness second-place finisher Everfast and third-place Owendale could challenge War of Will.

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