The Preakness Stakes is a thoroughbred horse race that takes place on the third Saturday of the year, and it is the second leg of the American Triple Crown. It is also referred to as The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans, (which is the name of Maryland’s state flower), and the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. The race is run annually on Pimlico Race Course, in Baltimore, Maryland, which is the second oldest race track in the country. And it is the second most popular horse race in the world. The Preakness is followed by the Belmont Stakes, which is the final leg of the Triple Crown, three weeks later.
This year, the Preakness Stakes will take place on Saturday, May 16, and this year’s Kentucky Derby winner, American Pharoah, will be trying to inch closer to winning the Triple Crown with a win here. Like last year’s Derby winner, California Chrome did.
Here are some of the previous Preakness winners.
* 2014: California Chrome.
* 2013: Oxbow.
* 2012: I'll Have Another.
* 2011: Shackleford.
* 2010: Lookin At Lucky.
* 2009: Rachel Alexandra.
* 2008: Big Brown.
* 2007: Curlin.
* 2006: Bernardini.
* 2005: Afleet Alex.
* 2004: Smarty Jones.
* 2003: Funny Cide.
* 2002: War Emblem.
* 2001: Point Given.
* 2000: Red Bullet.
For those that enjoy betting on horse racing, the Preakness Stakes offers eight horses to choose from this year, but you better get as much information on them as possible, so you can make the right betting choices.
Preakness Stakes 2015 Odds, Breakdown, and Predictions
With the race a few days away, here are the most recent odds.
American Pharoah: 10-13.
Firing Line: 17-4.
Danzig Moon: 14-1.
Divining Rod: 20-1.
Mr. Z: 25-1.
Tale of Verve: 50-1.
Due to his recent run of five straight wins, including his impressive win at the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah is the favorite to win this race. Historically, the favorites don’t do very well at this race, but Pharoah’s impressive run lately makes it difficult to bet against him. He is also jockeyed by a man that has won three of the last four Triple Crown races with two different horses, which gives him another advantage.
Dortmund was supposed to be American Pharoah’s biggest threat at the Derby, but he couldn’t hold him off at the end of the race, and suffered his first career loss. At the Preakness, he is still considered American Pharoah’s biggest threat, especially on a short track like this.
Firing Line was a big surprise at the Derby because he came second, but he won’t be surprising anyone this time around. He was able to take the lead from Dortmund, but was unable to hold it for long, because Pharoah came charging down the stretch. He is jockeyed by Hall of Famer Gary Stevens, who has won the Preakness three times, and makes him a very big threat.
Danzig Moon is the favorite among the dark horses in this race, based on his performance at the Derby, which he entered at 40-1 odds, and eventually finished 5th. People that are placing bets on this race are hoping he can crash the party by knocking out one of the three favorites, and give them a nice payout
Preakness Stakes Pick: It is very tempting to pick American Pharoah to win this race again, especially since he is the overwhelming favorite, but I believe Firing Line is the best suited horse for this track, and will get the win.