Shackleford vs. Dance City Odds
(The Spread) – We continue our look at the 2011 Preakness Stakes by breaking down some matchup odds. Next up: Shackleford vs. Dance City.
Oddsmakers from online sports book Bodog.com have made Dance City a –125 money line favorite over Shackleford, who is –105 on the ML.
For sake of clarity, these odds are only for this specific matchup. So in other words, Dance City is –125 to finish higher than Shackleford, while Shackleford is –105 on the money line to finish higher than Dance City. These odds have nothing to do with the Preakness Stakes odds to win (where Dance City is +1300 on the money line and Shackleford is +1300).
Shackleford is coming off a nice effort at the Kentucky Derby, one in which he finished fourth. For a moment on the front end, it looked like he would finish in the money but Animal Kingdom, Nehro and Mucho Macho Man finished stronger down the stretch to edge Shackleford out.
Dance City did not compete in the Kentucky Derby but he did place third at the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby on April 16. In his four career outings, he has two wins, the third place finish at the Arkansas Derby and broke his maiden with a second place finish in December of last year.
Outlook: If I’m betting this matchup, I’ve got to go with experience over a contender in Dance City who looks great on paper, but who only has four career races under his belt. Granted, Dance City should be fresher, but we know what we’re getting out of Shackleford. He’s a colt that held his own against the likes of Animal Kingdom, Mucho Macho Man, and Kentucky Derby favorite Dialed In earlier this month at Churchill Downs. He seems like a nice value at –105.
2011 Preakness Stakes Matchup Odds
Dance City –125