Always Dreaming the Preakness Stakes Betting Favorite
Curlin won the Preakness Stakes from the No. 4 post position back in 2007. Always Dreaming will be looking to duplicate that feat on Saturday as the betting favorite for the race at Pimlico.
Always Dreaming is pegged as the -140 favorite on the odds to win the Preakness Stakes this weekend, with the horse looking to claim the second jewel of the Triple Crown after racing to the win in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs two weeks ago. Post positions were set on Wednesday, with Always Dreaming getting assigned the No. 4 gate for the event in Baltimore.
Always Dreaming raced to the win from the No. 5 post position at Churchill Downs, earning the victory for jockey John Velazquez and trainer Todd Pletcher. That race was supposed to be a showdown between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, with the two horses having traded favorite status on the betting lines back and forth prior to hitting the starting gates.
Classic Empire had to settle for a fourth-place result in the Kentucky Derby, but is in the field for the Preakness Stakes on Saturday and sits as the +300 second-favorite on the odds. Classic Empire has drawn the No. 5 post position, so he’ll start the race beside his top rival.
Three other horses that raced in the Kentucky Derby will also be in the field for the Preakness Stakes. That includes Lookin At Lee, who finished second behind Always Dreaming at Churchill Downs. Looking At Lee has drawn the No. 9 post position for Saturday’s race, and sits at +1200 on the Preakness Stakes odds. Looking at Lee is trained by Steve Asmussen.
The other two members of the Kentucky Derby field back for the second jewel of the Triple Crown are Hence and Gunnevera. Hence finished 11th in the Kentucky Derby and is at +2000 odds for Saturday from post position No. 3. Gunnevera ended up in seventh place at the Kentucky Derby and is listed at +1600 odds to win the Preakness from post position No. 6.
Meanwhile, five new horses will enter the Triple Crown fray on Saturday, and the best odds of that group are held by Cloud Computing at +1400 from the No. 2 post. Cloud Computing was third in the Wood Memorial and second in the Gotham in his two stakes races this season.
The other horse with contender-level odds for the Preakness States that didn’t run at Churchill Downs is Conquest Mo Money, at +1800 from the No. 10 post. Multiplier (+4000) drew the No. 1 post for Saturday, with Term of Art (+5000) starting from the No. 7 post and Senior Investment (+5000) starting from the No. 8 post. Saturday will be the 142nd Preakness Stakes.