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The Preakness Stakes: Odds, Pole Positions and Picks

The “Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” is next up.

Preakness Preview Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images

Race Details (144th Preakness Stakes)

Venue: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD
Length: 1.19 Miles
Undercard: 2:30pm
Race Start: 6:30pm
Broadcast: NBC
Winner’s Purse: $2MM


Named by Oden Bowie, a Maryland Governor for the colt Preakness, who won the Dinner Party Stakes, this race will feature the Black-Eyed Susans, the Maryland State flower which boasts a vibrant yellow color in contrast to the red roses at Kentucky Derby. The record here is 1:53 set by Secretariat in 1973. This race has a wild history including some races where horses were handicapped with heavier weights on them, a 5 year old horse winning in 1890 and changing the distance of the race seven times! The race is capped at 14 horses who will sit and listen to “Maryland, My Maryland” sung by the audience prior to the start. The race was first televised by CBS in 1948.


Improbable (odds: 5:2) - Pole 5
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr. (1x Belmont Stakes)
Trainer: Bob Baffert (5x Kentucky Derby; 7x Preakness Stakes; 3x Belmont Stakes)
Synopsis: 2nd at Arkansas Derby and Rebel Stakes in the last two months.

War of Will (odds: 4:1) - Pole 1
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Trainer: Mark Casse
Synopsis: Won three straight between November – February before a 9th place finish at the Louisiana Derby Stakes.

Anothertwistafate (odds: 6:1) - Pole 12
Jockey: Jose Ortiz
Trainer: Blaine Wright
Synopsis: A 2nd place at Lexington is the high spot here.

Alwaysmining (odds: 8:1) - Pole 7
Jockey: Daniel Centeno
Trainer: Kelly Rubley
Synopsis: A bit older than his peers, Alwaysmining has won the last six races going into the Preakness Stakes

Owendale (odds: 10:1) - Pole 5
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Trainer: Brad Cox
Synopsis: Won at Lexington but did not qualify for Kentucky Derby

Bourbon War (odds: 12:1) - Pole 2
Jockey: Irad Ortiz Jr
Trainer: Mark Hennig
Synopsis: 2 wins and a fourth place finish at Florida Derby

Warriors Charge (odds: 12:1) - Pole 3
Jockey: Javier Castellano
Trainer: Brad Cox
Synopsis: He has yet to finish worse than third in his four starts so far.

Win Win Win (odds: 15:1) - Pole 13
Jockey: Julien Pimental
Trainer: Michael Trombetta
Synopsis: 2nd at Blue Grass Stakes and 3rd at Tampa Bay derby got Win Win Win in the Kentucky Derby

Bodexpress (odds: 20:1) - Pole 9
Jockey: John Velazquez
Trainer: Gustavo Delgado
Synopsis: Finished 13th at the Kentucky Derby and has yet to win a race.

Laughing Fox (odds: 20:1) - Pole 11
Jockey: Ricardo Santana
Trainer: Steven Asmussen
Synopsis: Two career wins

Market King (odds: 30:1) - Pole 6
Jockey: Jon Court
Trainer: Wayne Lukas
Synopsis: Coming off an injury.

Signalman (odds: 30:1) - Pole 8
Jockey: Brian Hernandez
Trainer: Kenneth McPeek
Synopsis: A good track record of placing from Signalman.

Everfast (odds: 50:1) - Pole 1
Jockey: Joel Rosario
Trainer: Dale Romans
Synopsis: Has not finished better than 5th at a race.

My Picks

Winner: Improbable
Place: Bourbon War - 100% gut feeling here
Show: Anothertwistafate -
Superfecta: Owendale


Who will win Preakness

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  • 33%
    (2 votes)
  • 50%
    War of Will
    (3 votes)
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    Bourbon War
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    Warriors Charge
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    Win Win Win
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    Laughing Fox
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  • 16%
    Market King
    (1 vote)
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