Preakness Stakes: Expert Picks, Horse Odds, and Predictions

Rich Strike, 80-1 shot ridden by Sonny Leon and trained by Eric Reed, mounted a furious and improbable rally to capture the 148th Kentucky Derby on May 7. He wasn’t even in the field until another horse was scratched the day before. race.

But after initially pointing to the colt on the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, Rich Strike’s owner said last week the horse would skip the Preakness and run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11 instead. There should not be a Triple Crown on the line, but there is sure to be plenty of drama, with the filly Secret Oath, winner of the Kentucky Oaks, taking on the boys, including the Derby runner-up, Epicenter.

Below, the Preakness horses are listed in order of post position, with comments by Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert of The New York Times. The morning-line odds were set by Keith Feustle of Pimlico Race Course.

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Purse: $ 1.5 million guaranteed

Distance: 1 3/16 miles

Track record: 1 minute 52⅖ seconds (Farma Way, 1991)

Weight: 126 pounds

Post time: 7:01 pm Eastern

Joe Drape’s win-place-show picks: Secret Oath, Epicenter, Early Voting

Melissa Hoppert’s picks: Early Voting, Epicenter, Secret Oath

Here’s how we see the field:

Trainer: Antonio Sano Jockey: John Velazquez Odds: 6-1

Drape: This colt was running at the end of the Derby and finished fourth, but it’s unlikely he’ll get the fast pace that sets up his late kick.

Hoppert: He has hit the board in six to eight races and seems to be thriving at Pimlico. But Jose Ortiz, who was aboard him for his last three starts, thinks he has a better shot with early Voting and chose to ride him instead.

Trainer: Kenny McPeek Jockey: Brian Hernandez Jr. Odds: 10-1

Drape: This late bloomer has shown improvement in each of his three starts, two of which were wins. Another move puts him in the hunt.

Hoppert: His first race was in March, and this will be his stakes debut. But his owners believe he has enough to pay a $ 150,000 supplemental fee to make him eligible for the last two Triple Crown races. Might as well take a chance, too, and throw him in your exotics.

Trainer: Kevin McKathan Jockey: Florent Geroux Odds: 50-1

Drape: His only victory came in six starts when he broke down and led every step of the way. He is most likely the pacesetter.

Hoppert: The 11th-place Blue Grass finisher is a son of the 2007 Preakness winner Curlin. But that’s about all he is going for.

Trainer: D. Wayne Lukas Jockey: Luis Saez Odds: 9-2

Drape: This filly has shown he belongs to the boys, finishing third to them in the Arkansas Derby despite a horrible trip. The pick.

Hoppert: No Rich Strike? No problem. The Kentucky Oaks winner has a solid shot at seventeen filly to win the Preakness, which would give Lukas a record-tying seven Preakness victories.

Trainer: Chad Brown Jockey: Jose Ortiz Odds: 7-2

Drape: He is lightly raced and quick of foot. This colt is not impossible.

Hoppert: The second-place finisher in the Wood Memorial bypassed the Derby to the point of preakness. Brown and the colt’s owner, Seth Klarman, used this playbook before the 2017 Preakness victor Cloud Computing.

Trainer: Doug O’Neill Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione Odds: 30-1

Drape: He was a handful to load in the Derby Gate and mayhem early in the race. This one needs to chill.

Hoppert: The 14th-place Derby finisher is a son of Oxbow, who won this race in 2013. That, plus the addition of blinkers, is not enough to help him here.

Trainer: Tim Yakteen Jockey: Irad Ortiz Odds: 12-1

Drape: So far, he has simply proven to be an even-ran against high-caliber horses.

Hoppert: While he picks up Ortiz, he misses his two graded stakes on the board and is definitely a cut below the others who were recently trained by the embattled Bob Baffert, such as Taiba and Messier.

Trainer: Steve Asmussen Jockey: Joel Rosario Odds: 6-5

Drape: This one was going to be the post-time favorite even if Rich Strike came. A consistent sort that ran big in the Derby.

Hoppert: He came oh-so-close in the Derby, fighting to finish second after a blazing-fast pace in the first half wore out the rest of the top contenders. He’ll be in the mix again late, but how much did Derby take out of him?

Trainer: Saffie Joseph Jr. Jockey: Junior Alvarado Odds: 20-1

Drape: He has worked well since finishing third in the Wood Memorial. He may hit the board.

Hoppert: He is a son of the 2016 Preakness Winner Exaggerator and one of the most experienced in the field, having run nine races. But he has won only two.

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