Bookmaker Sportsbook is back with a slew of Preakness Stakes betting options for you for this, the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday afternoon! Here at Bang the Book, we've got all of the ins and outs for all 14 horses in this fantastic field of three year old colts!
1: Astrology (15 to 1) - There is no doubt that there is great breeding in place with Astrology, and Trainer Steve Asmussen is definitely up and coming, but these seven finishes in the money for Astrology just don't look all that impressive knowing that most came at just a mile in length.
2: Norman Asbjornson (30 to 1) - A fourth place finish at the Wood Memorial might be the best race that Norman Asbjornson has put together in his career, at least in a meaningful spot. Still, there's a reason that we had never heard of this colt before now, and an even bigger reason why he has gone off at least at 8 to 1 in his last four races, two of which weren't even stakes races.
3: King Congie (20 to 1) - King Congie might win the award for the best name in this race, but he probably isn't winning much of anything else. He hasn't won a race in which he wasn't later disqualified since January 1st, but he has only run in one stakes race in his life. The good news is that he finished third at the Blue Grass Stakes. The bad news is that hindsight 20/20, that field, even for a G1 race, wasn't all that special.
4: Flashpoint (20 to 1) - This is the first time that Wesley Ward will train Flashpoint in his career. This is a horse that had two very, very impressive runs at the start of the year, but the G1 Florida Derby proved to be way, way too much for him to handle. Can this colt run more than seven furlongs? He never has well, but if he can, this is a race in which he can pull off the real upset.
5: Shackleford (12 to 1) - A very, very dangerous longshot. Shackleford had the lead both at the Florida Derby and at the Kentucky Derby and ended up coming up just short in both races. Had he hung on to both, he'd be an odds on favorite. There is no doubt that we are getting an absolutely remarkable price on Shackleford in this race, and he is sure to be in or near the money when push comes to shove on Saturday.
6: Sway Away (15 to 1) - This horse has a lot of things going for it. Garrett Gomez is a great jockey. Afleet Alex, his sire was a Preakness Stakes winner, as was his grand-dam, Seattle Slew. The bad news, though? Sway Away hasn't finished better than sixth in a race since February, and in graded stakes races, he has yet to win. Not good for a horse that has never looked good at any lengths longer than seven furlongs.
7: Midnight Interlude (15 to 1) - One would be surprised to see Midnight Interlude entered into this race after seeing him finish 16th in the Kentucky Derby, but trainer, Bob Baffert doesn't bring horses into Triple Crown races for no reason. Was this run at Churchill Downs what we should come to expect out of Midnight Interlude? If it was an anomaly, 15 to 1 is a tremendous price for him on the Preakness Stakes odds.
8: Dance City (12 to 1) - Ramon Dominguez has a horse that has finished in the money in all four races in his career, but we just aren't sold that he can run with the big boys. The only race in which Dance City was that competitive was at the Arkansas Derby, where he started off strong and finished third. If this horse can get to the rail early, it could be a great contender, but the horses around him in the starting gate are just too strong.
9: Mucho Macho Man (6 to 1) - Trainer Kathy Ritvo nearly pulled off the shock of all shocks at the Kentucky Derby this year. Mucho Macho Man has now finished third in back to back races, but he also has three straight runs with Beyer Speed Ratings in the 90s, and he has six straight races of 88 or better. It'll take better than an 88 to win on Saturday, but we know that Mucho Macho Man is definitely a capable colt.
10: Dialed In (9 to 2) - As the Kentucky Derby favorite, Dialed In was awfully disappointing, finishing eighth, marking the first time that he ended up out of the Top 2 in a race in his career. Again, was it the trend, or was it an anomaly? Trainer Nick Zito is another one that won't bring duds to the Triple Crown races, and we think that there is a real reason that this horse is the second choice on the board this year on the Preakness Stakes lines.
11: Animal Kingdom (2 to 1) - All eyes will be on Animal Kingdom on Saturday, as many are hoping that this is the colt that can finally rescue horse racing betting action as the winner of the Triple Crown. We just don't see it, though. Sure, Animal Kingdom has three wins and two seconds in his five career starts, but this was a horse that needed an absolutely perfect run to win at the Derby. The odds of getting another absolutely perfect run at the Preakness are next to none.
12: Isn't He Perfect (30 to 1) - In a word: No, Isn't He Perfect isn't perfect. This is a horse that has already run in 12 races in his life, and he only has $90K to show for his work. He hasn't run against any of the legit contenders for this race, and he is clearly going to look like a fish out of water on Saturday.
13: Concealed Identity (30 to 1) - Another horse on the outside that has basically no chance of winning this race... This is a horse with four career wins in eight races, but none of them have come in stakes races. It's never a good sign when your first stakes race is a Triple Crown run, as we doubt that anyone is going to be able to win with those types of credentials come Saturday.
14: Mr. Commons (20 to 1) - If there is a horse that can come from the far outside to win, this would be the one, but we aren't all that high on Mr. Commons either. Sure, he has two wins and a third place finish to his credit in his last three races, and all three speed ratings were great, but we just don't know why this horse wasn't even considered a Kentucky Derby contender. We'll say this, though. If somehow, jockey Victor Espinoza can get Mr. Commons from the far outside all the way to the rail by the first turn, he'll have a chance as a frontrunner to hang on to this race. We just don't see it happening, though.