Triple Crown-The Preakness
After running the best race in his career two weeks ago in the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom now goes for the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes. He was a 20/1 long shot in the Derby but is a 2-1 favorite in the Preakness. Animal Kingdom will race against a full field of 14 horses, which is a sign that people consider him to be vulnerable. Four horses that I feel have the best chance to win Saturday are as follows:
Animal Kingdom +200
Animal Kingdom shocked the world 2 weeks ago by winning the Derby and definitely deserves to be the favorite in the Preakness. His running style should suit Pimlico perfectly, and obviously the distances won’t be an issue. He answered every question about his ability to handle the dirt in the Derby and we expect him to be running late on Saturday.
Dialed In +450
The Derby favorite didn’t get rolling until it was too late, though he did pass horses to finish 8th. The Preakness distance won’t be a problem, as his sire, Mineshaft could run all day. He’ll have to hope for a faster pace than he got in the Derby and like Animal Kingdom, we expect him to be running late as usual.
Mucho Macho Man +600
This is one to watch on Saturday, as the cut back in distance may be just what the doctor ordered. Mucho Macho Man ran a valiant third at Churchill, but wasn’t really a threat to Animal Kingdom or runner-up Nehro.
Man, did this one give a game effort in the Derby, holding the lead into the stretch before faltering a bit to finish fourth. He’s another who should appreciate the cutback in distance. He’ll be on or near the lead again, and it’s a matter of how far can he go? A contender for sure.
Be sure to place your preakness bets at bodog.com. My suggestion is to play a few exacta’s with the four horses that I listed above.