Preakness Stakes Selections

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The 2019 Preakness is scheduled for 6:48 p.m. EST on Saturday as race 13 on a 14 race card at Pimlico Racecourse in Baltimore, MD where 13 contenders will vie for a purse of  $1.5 million.

#1 War of Will (War Front, Visions of Clarity by Sadler’s Wells)

Trainer: Mark Casse

Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione

Owner: Gary Barber

Odds: 4-1

Comment: Training well, but hasn’t run particularly fast to date and will be one of the betting favorites. There is better value elsewhere.


#2 Bourbon War (Tapit, My Conquestadory by Artie Schiller)


Trainer: Mark Hennig

Jockey: Irad Ortiz, Jr.

Owner: Bourbon Lane Stable & Lake Star Stable

Odds: 12-1

Comment: Will race with blinkers on for the first time which should have him closer to the pace. The best horses seem to be coming from Florida this year and this one was last seen finishing fourth behind Maximum Security. Hard not to like this colt.


#3 Warrior’s Charge (Munnings, Battling Brook by Broken Vow)


Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Javier Castellano

Owner: Ten Strike Racing & Madaket Stables LLC

Odds: 12-1

Comment: Very impressive in consecutive wire-to-wire scores at Oaklawn Park. Can be in front early or drop back and pass horses down the lane. Viable threat.


#4 Improbable (City Zip, Rare Event by A.P. Indy)


Trainer: Bob Baffert

Jockey: Mike Smith

Owner: Winstar Farm LLC & China Horse Club International

Odds: 5-2

Comment: Will be the favorite based largely on a so-so fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby combined with strong form last year. We would rather side with an up and coming contender than the horse that is essentially the “default” favorite.


#5 Owendale (Into Mischief, Aspen Light by Bernardini)

Trainer: Brad Cox

Jockey: Florent Geroux

Owner: Rupp Racing

Odds: 10-1

Comment: Needs to be closer to the pace this time than he was in his Grade 3 Lexington Stakes win, but has shown he can do that. One of many with a winning chance here.


#6 Market King (Into Mischief, Divine Presence by A.P. Indy)

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas

Jockey: Jon K Court

Owner: Robert C Baker & William L Mack

Odds: 30-1

Comment: Might be able to finish fourth, but anything better than that would be absolutely shocking.


#7 Alwaysmining (Stay Thirsty, What Will Be by Anees)

Trainer: Kelly Rubley

Jockey: Daniel Centeno

Owner: Runnymede Racing LLC

Odds: 8-1

Comment:: The local hero has reeled off six consecutive wins and was very heavily favored in the last three of them. The speed figures say he can do it. Why not?


#8 Signalman (General Quarters, Trip South by Trippi)

Trainer: Ken McPeek

Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr.
Owner: Tommie M Lewis, Steve Crabtree, Dean Demar

Odds: 30-1

Comment: Will be humming along late in the race and is a good candidate to take the last spot of the superfecta or maybe the trifecta.


#9 Bodexpress (Bodemeister, Pied a Terre by City Zip)

Trainer: Gustavo Delgado

Jockey: John Velazquez

Owner: Top Racing LLC, Global Thoroughbred & Gds

Odds: 20-1

Comment: Maiden runner probably shouldn’t have been in the Kentucky Derby. His presence here is also questionable.


#10 Everfast

Trainer: Dale Romans

Jockey: Joel Rosario

Owner: Calumet Farm

Odds: 50-1

Comment: Hard to make sense of why this colt is in the race. There are better options for your betting dollars.


#11 Laughing Fox 

Trainer: Steven Asmussen

Jockey: Ricardo Santana, Jr.

Owner: Alex & Joann Lieblong

Odds: 20-1

Comment: Looked great last out in the Oaklawn Park Invitational where he rallied from eighth to win by a neck. Asmussen isn’t one to run in a race like this “just to be here”. This colt can win.


#12 Anothertwistafate

Trainer: Blaine Wright

Jockey: Jose Ortiz

Owner: Peter Redekop

Odds: 6-1

Comment: Attracting lots of attention, but hasn’t proven he can hang with top horses yet. Maybe if he were 20-1 we might like him, but as one of the favorites this is a horse to pass on.


#13 Win Win Win

Trainer: Michael Trombetta

Jockey: Julian Pimentel

Owner: Live Oak Plantation

Odds: 15-1

Comment: Didn’t produce himself in the Kentucky Derby and the connections are hoping the addition of blinkers will shake him up. He’s fast enough when he “shows up”. Use on the deepest of tickets.


FINAL THOUGHTS: Nobody stands out in the 2019 Preakness Stakes. If you bet the race you must demand value and that means taking a chance on one of contenders with big odds.


First: #7 Alwaysmining 8-1

Second: #2 Bourbon War 12-1

Third: #11 Laughing Fox 20-1

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