Pleasant Prince Preview
After a couple of encouraging performances in 2010, Pleasant Prince looks to upset the field on Saturday when he races in the Preakness Stakes 135.
Trainer Wesley Ward said that Pleasant Prince trained “awesome” during a recent practice and while the colt has won only once in nine career starts, he’s run a close second twice to Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box and faced pre-Derby favorite Eskendereya on several occasions. Ward hopes that Pleasant Prince can draw from that kind of experience and surprise the field on Saturday.
Pleasant Prince opened at 15/1 to win, but has now dropped to 20/1 heading into Saturday’s race according to oddsmakers from online sports book SPORTSBETTING.com. Contenders with similar odds are Schoolyard Dreams at 14/1 and First Dude at 20/1.
It wasn’t a great draw for Pleasant Prince on Wednesday when he drew the No. 3 post position. Over the last 12 years, the three inside positions have failed to produce a winner at the Preakness.
Final Analysis & Outlook:
Pleasant Prince finished a distant third in the Derby Trial on April 24 behind fellow Preakness contender Aikenite, who placed second. But it qualified as a sharp prep for Pleasant Prince three weeks out and he is a horse that can come off the pace. That said, he lacks a stakes win his career and has a best Beyer of 99, which he earned at the G1 Florida Derby on March 20. His odds are right in line with his chances to win, which means he doesn’t offer much value. But maybe he’ll surprise on Saturday.
Preakness Stakes 135 - Saturday, May 15, 2010 - Horse Racing Odds
Super Saver 5/2
Lookin at Lucky 3/1
Paddy O'prado 6/1
Jackson Bend 11/1
Schoolyard Dreams 14/1
First Dude 20/1
Pleasant Prince 20/1
Yawanna Twist 25/1
Northern Giant 28/1
Posted: 5/15/10 2:00PM ET