The 137th Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the famed Triple Crown series, will take place this Saturday, May 19th at the Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland. The highly anticipated event is scheduled for a 4:30pm ET start time and will be broadcast live on the NBC Sports Network. The latest Horse Racing Odds have 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another and Derby runner-up Bodemeister listed as +200 moneyline co-favorites. Also among the 2012 Preakness Stakes Favorites are Derby runners Dullahan (+600), Creative Cause (+800), and Hansen (+800).
I’ll Have Another (+200): The Flower Alley sired colt, who won the Derby with a late charge down the back stretch at Churchill Downs two weekends ago, is looking for its fourth consecutive win. I’ll Have Another won the Grade 2 Robert B. Lewis Stakes (1 1/16 miles) and the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby (1 1/8 miles) prior to his victorious run at the Kentucky Derby. Possesses all the necessary elements to win the Preakness but cannot afford to let Bodemeister gain a great deal of separation with the Preakness being slightly shorter race than the Derby (1 3/16 miles compared to 1 1/4 miles).
Bodemeister (+200): The son of Empire Maker and Untouched Talent has never finished worse than second in five career starts. Won the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby prior to its solid run at Churchill Downs and, in many ways, looks like the horse to beat this weekend. The colt is trained by five time Preakness Stakes winner Bob Baffert.
Dullahan (+600): Took third at the Derby with an impressive closing run that nearly reeled in Bodemeister. A product of Even the Score, Dullahan won the Grade 1, 1 1/8 miles Blue Grass Stakes in mid-April, but the colt has never finished better than third in a dirt track race. Trained by Dale Romans, who earned his first Triple Crown victory with Shackleford’s first place run in last year’s Preakness Stakes.
Creative Cause (+800): Creative Cause suffered the worst finish of its career at the Kentucky Derby, but the colt still made an impressive showing, taking fifth in the stacked field. The Giant’s Causeway sired colt has plenty of experience on dirt (six races) and has performed well against graded stakes competition, taking first at the San Felipe Stakes (G2) and Norfolk Stakes (G1).
Hansen (+800): More of a speed horse, Hansen is most well known for winning last year’s Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. The Tapit sired horse also recorded wins at the Gotham Stakes (G3) and Kentucky Cup Juvenile. Finished ninth at the Derby.
2012 Preakness Stakes Favorites: Provided by SBG Global
I’ll Have Another +200
Creative Cause +800