Conquest Mo Money vs. Gunnevera
Can Conquest Mo Money finish ahead of Gunnevera when the two compete in tonight's Preakness Stakes?
According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, Gunnevera is the favorite in this prop bet, with -130 odds on the money line to top Conquest Mo Money, who has EVEN odds.
Gunnevera received some attention as a live long shot heading into the Kentucky Derby, but he disappointed in his seventh-place finish at Churchill Downs. Jockey Javier Castellano noted that Gunnevera did not like the wet track. Could things change on the fast track at Pimlico Race Course this evening? It's possible. He finished third in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in early April, won the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, and placed second in the Grade 2 Holy Bull. With 10 starts under his belt, Gunnevera is chockfull of experience. The problem is that he's finished a combined 19 3/4 lengths behind Always Dreaming in his two most recent starts.
Conquest Mo Money Snapshot
Looking for an intriguing long shot? Conquest Mo Money has the speed to at least challenge Always Dreaming from a good pace-setting position. He contested the pace from the outset in the Arkansas Derby and almost held off Classic Empire until the end. The Arkansas Derby was Conquest Mo Money's first start away from his New Mexico-based home at Sunland Park. In five career starts, he has three wins, two seconds and no thirds. He finished second to Hence in the Grade 3 Sunland Derby this year and then repeated the feat in the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, losing to only the aforementioned Classic Empire.
Preakness Stakes Prediction
Conquest Mo Money should have the lead at some point in the Preakness Stakes and while I don't think he'll win the race, I do believe he has enough stamina not to collapse down the stretch. He won the first three races of his career and then finished second in the Arkansas Derby. He's also fresher than Gunnevera, who ran in the 2017 Kentucky Derby two weeks ago.
2017 Preakness Stakes Predictions: Conquest Mo Money over Gunnevera