May 17, 2008
If you’re under the assumption that Big Brown can’t be beaten in the Preakness, as many horse racing experts are, your only chance to make a decent Scoreon the race is by hitting an exotic wager such as a trifecta or an exacta. In that scenario, if a horse with decent odds such as Harlem Rocker hits the money, you may see a nice payoff. Plus, if your horse pulls the upset and you boxed them in your trifecta or exacta, you may be looking at a huge score.
Editors note – This article was written before Harlem Rocker was scratched. Be sure to check in with us on Saturday for all of Our selections for the preakness including the Trifecta.
Harlem Rocker may be one such horse. Though he is already gaining popularity rapidly, which won’t help us with the odds. But the way the money is going to be flowing in on the favorite for the Preakness, we may still see a nice price on this one. Harlem Rocker is trained by Todd Pletcher. He is 3 for 3 but untested thus far and is coming off an impressive win in the Withers at Aqueduct the end of April.
Harlem Rocker has just the right style for the Preakness. Just the right style for a horse you’re looking to land in the top 3. Harlem Rocker is a stalker. In the Withers, he shadowed the leaders for 3/4ths of the race and didn’t make his move until the stretch run. He breezed by the rest of the pack in the stretch to win easily. You can watch that race on You Tube by clicking here
With the Preakness field shaky to begin with, you have to consider using Harlem Rocker in any exotics. He is a must for your trifecta boxes. After all, his “Grandfather” is Holy Bull. Holy Bull was ranked 64th in the top 100 horses of the 20th century in Blood-Horse magazine. Holy Bull produced 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo as well as MACho Uno a former US champion 2 year old male. So, you could say, winning is in the family.
Even Big Browns cocky trainer Rick Dutrow has gone on record as saying Harlem Rocker is the only other horse in the field he has any respect for and he wasn’t worried about anyone in the Derby.
again, with 13 or 14 horses expected to run, and with Big Brown drawing most of the wagering action, there will be some other horses with some nice prices. There could be traffic problems, or Big Brown simply may not run well with just 2 weeks between races. So look for some nice speed horses as well as a closer or two for your trifecta wagering. They may just be a huge payout waiting for you with a little racing luck!
Check us out later this week. We’ll have Our official Preakness selections which will include Win, Place, Show and Our Trifecta and Exacta selections. Also check back after the race for the official 2008 Preakness Results and Payouts.
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