Late afternoon on Wednesday the Post Positions were drawn for Saturday’s 135th running of the Preakness Stakes. A field of 12 will break from the starting gate for this 1 3/16 mile middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Ironically, the first entry sheet pulled from the entry box to be assigned to Post #8, based on that pill number being drawn first, was Derby winner Super Saver. The last pill number left in the bottle was 11, given to the final entry sheet in the box which happened to be First Dude. The Derby winner was listed as the 5-2 Morning Line favorite, which wasn’t a surprise but I believe come Post Time, he’ll be the second-choice in the betting, behind Lookin At Lucky. Here’s the entire field with odds that I believe will be closer to the Post Time odds…
PP Horse Jockey / Trainer M/L GQAPT odds*
1 Aikenite J. Castellano / T. Pletcher 20-1 28-1
2 Schoolyard Dreams E Coa / D. Ryan 15-1 17-1
3 Pleasant Prince J. Leparoux / W. Ward 20-1 22-1
4 Northern Giant T. Thompson / D. W. Lukas 30-1 35-1
5 Yawanna Twist E. Prado / R. Dutrow, Jr. 30-1 18-1
6 Jackson Bend M. Smith / N. Zito 12-1 7-1
7 Lookin At Lucky M. Garcia / B. Baffert 3-1 2-1
8 Super Saver C. Borel / T. Pletcher 5-2 5-2
9 Caracortado P. Atkinson / M. Machowsky 10-1 13-1
10 Paddy O’Prado K. Desormeaux / D. Romans 9-2 8-1
11 First Dude R. Dominguez / D. Romans 20-1 12-1
12 Dublin G. Gomez / D. W. Lukas 10-1 15-1
* – G.Q.’s Anticipated Post Time odds
Recapping Day 13 (Saturday, May 8th)…at the Pimlico Spring Meet…
Best Bet Nature’s Express (# 6; 4th race; 7-2) caught a speed-favoring track which compromised his chances her, but still ran a game third, returning $3.60 to SHOW.
Best Bet pick scorecard from 9 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 1 WIN – 4 PLACE – 2 SHOW.
Longshot Big Boper (# 4; 7th race; 5-1) uncharacteristically challenged for the lead during the first quarter of a mile which proved to be costly, as he outran his own ability. Before the field entered the stretch he was running out of gas, fading to 8th.
Longshot pick scorecard from 10 selections at the Pimlico Meet: 1 WIN – 0 PLACE – 1 SHOW
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day, $185 on Mississippi Storm (# 5; 2nd race; 4-5) seemed like money in the bank upon seeing the initial actual betting odds displayed as 2-5. He was the best in the race on paper and proved it by stalking the leader then running him down in mid-stretch to win in hand, returning $3.80 to WIN, $2.60 for the PLACE and $2.10 to SHOW, increasing the parlay amount to $194.25 and extend the streak to 10 days to “Let It Ride” on Day 15.
For the Pimlico Spring Meet, Day 15 (Thursday, May 13th)…
Best Bet: King Of The Tango (# 1; 1st race; 8-5)
Making his 9th career start, this 4 year old gelding has been runner-up in half of his starts, drops to the lowest Claiming level of his short career, which I read trainer Henry Walters action as, it’s time to graduate at any cost.
Longshot: Shaunna (# 31; 7th race on the turf; 9-2)
This 4 year old filly makes her grass debut in her 13th career start. Trainer John Fisher excels with turf runners, winning at a 22% clip and employees Maryland’s most talented turf rider, Horatio Karamanos for this 5 furlong sprint.
SHOW Parlay available bankroll: $254.90 ($245.65 bankroll – $185 wager + $194.25 return)
SHOW Parlay Play of the Day: $194 on Silent Jet (# 3; 4th race; 5-2) returned to the races after nearly a 13 month layoff to win at this level ($5k) for non-winners of 2 lifetime, going 5½ furlongs. He won in-hand by only one (1) length, but was full of run as he crossed the wire. I’m surprised he’s in for the same tag, but the quick turnaround (7 days) off his victorious return signals he’s prime to score again.
Looks like Day 15 will be a beautiful one with sunny skies, so enjoy the exciting chase scenes thoroughbred horse racing has to offer.