Preakness Betting Preview

With the Kentucky Derby complete, the sports betting world now anxiously awaits the 133rd Preakness Stakes to be held at Pimlico Race Course on May 17th.

Despite playing second fiddle to the “race of races”, the Kentucky Derby, over 121,000 fans watched live and hundred of thousands more wagered online for the Preakness Stakes last year.

Before placing a wager on this year’s second race of the 2008 Triple Crown Mike Seaton of TheSpread.com breaks down for bettors how to handicap the 133rd Preakness Stakes.

Bet on the 2008 Preakness Stakes

- Be Weary of Preakness Stakes Long Shots

Eight of the last eleven horses to win the Preakness Stakes paid 3-1 odds to win or less. History shows the favorites come up big in this race. It can be tempting to pick a horse with decent numbers and long odds but don’t ignore the trends, favorites win the Preakness.

- Experience Counts

Over the past ten years, the horses who have won the Preakness have averaged at least 7 or more starts before reaching the gates at Pimlico. Eight of the last ten winners of the Preakness Stakes were horses who had their previous start at the Kentucky Derby. There are only 2 horses entered in the 2008 Preakness that also competed in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, Big Brown and Gayego.

- Respect the Kentucky Derby Winner

Don’t let the fact that no horse has won the Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978 fool you. In the last ten years, six horses that have won the Kentucky Derby have gone on to win the Preakness Stakes. Big Brown got his Derby win from an unlikely starting position. He has drawn post seven for the Preakness, which should help his case for closing out the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

- Don’t Get Ahead of Yourself

It’s pretty easy to get caught up in the excitement of the Triple Crown and want to look ahead to the Belmont but don’t do it. What will happen in a few weeks at the Belmont has nothing to do with the Preakness and you need to focus all your handicapping on this race only. There will be plenty of time to analyze the Belmont after Saturday.

2008 133rd Preakness Stakes Odds to Win by Post Position

PP1 Macho Again – Current Odds to Win 20/1

PP2 Tres Borrachos - Current Odds to Win 30/1

PP3 Icabad Crane - Current Odds to Win 30/1

PP4 Yankee Bravo - Current Odds to Win 15/1

PP5 Behindatthebar - Current Odds to Win 10/1

PP6 Racecar Rhapsody - Current Odds to Win 30/1

PP7 Big Brown - Current Odds to Win 1/2

PP8 Kentucky Bear - Current Odds to Win 15/1

PP9 Stevil - Current Odds to Win 30/1

PP10 Riley Tucker - Current Odds to Win 30/1

PP11 Giant Moon - Current Odds to Win 30/1

PP12 Gayego - Current Odds to Win 8/1

PP13 Hey Byrn - Current Odds to Win 20/1

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All odds subject to change up until post time

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2008 Preakness Horse Profiles & Odds

- Big Brown

- Gayego

- Giant Moon

- Hey Byrn

- Icabad Crane

- Kentucky Bear

- Macho Again

- Racecar Rhapsody

- Riley Tucker

- Stevil

- Tres Borrachos

- Yankee Bravo

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