2018 Preakness Stakes Betting Guide and Winning Horse Picks

the preakness stakes history

The Preakness Stakes is the second race in the Triple Crown, coming after the Kentucky Derby and before the Belmont Stakes. We did a mini-preview of the race a few weeks ago and offered players our favorite sportsbooks for betting the 2018 Preakness Stakes.

The race will be live this Saturday, May 19, on NBC. Coverage will begin on NBC Sports at 2:30 PM EST and move over to NBC around 5:00 PM EST for the start of the race.

Is Justify Justified?

We apologize for the terrible pun, but much of the hype around the Preakness race will center around Justify. If he ends up winning the race, there will be quite a bit more hype for the upcoming, Belmont Stakes, as there will be a real chance of a Triple Crown winner. Justify won the Kentucky Derby by several lengths and is the odds-on favorite to take the 2018 Preakness Stakes.

Justify is a massive favorite at around -280 at most online sportsbooks.

The Rest of the Field – Odds to Win 2018 Preakness

Odds to Win the 2018 Preakness at SportsBetting.ag
Bravazo +3000
Diamond King +4000
Good Magic +260
Justify -280
Lone Sailor +3500
Quip +1500
Sporting Chance +3500
Tenfold +4000

Using SportsBetting.ag’s odds we see Good Magic at +260, the horse that is by far the closest to winning the race behind the massive favorite. Quip comes at +1500 as a longshot and then we are up to +3000 and +4000 for the rest of the field.

Our Picks of the Favorite Horses to Win the Preakness

We have picked three of the horses that we believe are the strongest cotnenders to winning the Preakness race this year.

Justify -280

The favorite has a much easier path to a victory in the Belmont Stakes than he did in the Derby. He’s not a sure thing to win, no horse is, but even laying close to -300 – I say he’s quite a solid bet. His trainer, Bob Baffert, has quite the resume. The acclaimed trainer has six Preakness wins under his belt.

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There were plenty of obstacles for Justify at the Derby, including a raucous crowd and almost 3 inches of rainfall. He passed the test with flying clothes and dominated at Churchill Downs. He’s a lot more expensive than the +275 he was for the Derby, but this is by far an easier race for him to win and he’s arguably still underpriced.

Lone Sailor +3500

As far as longshots go, we like Lone Sailor. He made up a lot of ground in the Derby despite a poor straight and if the race had gone on a bit longer he may have gotten to a top 3 spot. Long Sailor has run just three races this year and has a jockey who won the Belmont in 2016, Irad Ortiz. He also has three Breeders’ Cup wins in the last few years.

Sailor isn’t a bad choice at 35/1, but bettors can also look to bet him to place in the top 3, by placing a win, place, or show wager. Putting a smaller amount on him to win it will while a larger amount on a show wager is an excellent route to take if you want a piece of a long shot but to make some money if he finishes in the top 3.

Good Magic +260

You might be able to find Good Magic at +300 or more, so shop around before you place your bet on the second behind Justify to win this race. He ran well to finish second in the Kentucky Derby but was nowhere near catching Justify. He has a good trainer in Chad Brown, who won the Preakness a year ago with Cloud Computing.

If you see these horses closer than the oddsmakers, then Good Magic may be worth a bet getting 3/1. Again, betting the favorite in these races has had some success in recent years, but that is not always going to be the outcome. There are plenty of reasons to like Good Magic.

Joseph Falchetti

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