- Middle jewel of the Triple Crown will be contested this weekend at Pimlico
- Epicenter is heavily favored to win the Preakness Stakes for trainer Steven Asmussen
The eyes of the world will be on Pimlico this weekend, as the iconic Preakness Stakes forms the middle leg of the Triple Crown in the U.S. A field of nine will contest the Preakness this weekend, and a full betting preview for the Preakness Stakes can be found here. However, below, we will take a look at some of the more interesting Preakness Stakes prop betting selections available online.
Preakness Stakes Prop Betting Markets & Picks
Black Eyed Susan/Preakness Stakes Double Vegas Odds
This weekend isn’t all about the Preakness Stakes, as the second leg of the Triple Filly Crown is staged at Pimlico, with the G2 Black Eyed Susan Stakes taking place on Friday. D. Wayne Lukas was the last trainer to achieve victories in both races across the same weekend, as Serena’s Song won the Black Eyed Susan and Timber Country won the Preakness in 1995.
This market offers odds of +600 for the two market favorites to achieve the feat. However, the ‘any other’ selection looks interesting, as Chad Brown has leading chances in both races, with Early Voting his charge in the Preakness, and Distinctlypossible having a very good chance in the Black Eyed Susan.
Best Finishing Position Vegas Odds
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One of the most interesting betting markets can be seen above, as bettors can place a match bet on three leading contenders. Early Voting, Secret Oath, and Simplification are the next three in the betting after pre-race favorite Epicenter, but we have already announced our pick to be Secret Oath for this year’s race. The three-year-old is likely to have the perfect running style to excel this weekend, and at odds of +155 in this market, we would not be turning her down for some good value.
Starting Gate of the Winner Vegas Odds
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Bets can also be placed on the starting gate of the winner. This market is effectively Epicenter, who starts in eight, and Skippylongstocking vs the field. The wide draws have produced over ten winners throughout the history of the Preakness, which means it isn’t seen as much of a hindrance as it is in the Kentucky Derby. But, we will still think that draws 1-7 will produce the winner of the Preakness this weekend.
Wire-to-Wire Winner Vegas Odds
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For those unsure, a wire-to-wire winner is a horse that leads throughout the race and crosses the line first. The pace this weekend is likely to be set by the extremely speedy Armagnac, but that is likely to set up the race for a stalker. There is no surprise to see three stalkers at the top of the betting, with Secret Oath, Epicenter, and Early Voting likely to be the leading contenders to pick up the pieces. It’s unlikely that there will be a wire-to-wire winner.
To Finish Last Vegas Odds
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As well as betting on the Preakness Stakes winner, bets can also be placed on the horse to finish lost. It’s unlikely that Secret Oath, Early Voting, Epicenter, and Simplification will enter calculations, as they are much classier than the remainder of the field. Fenwick is the huge outsider in the field but will be well-rested after bypassing the Kentucky Derby.
Therefore, we could see Happy Jack finishing last in the race. He was 14th in the Derby earlier in the month and finished way off the pace in the G2 San Felipe and G1 Santa Anita Derby before that. Armagnac is also likely to finish near the rear, as his speed figures are much lower than the other horses involved.