For the first time since 1996, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby won’t be competing in the Preakness Stakes. With Country House hanging from the Preakness due to Illness, Improbable enters the race as the favorite to take home the second jewel of the Triple Crown.
Improbable is a +225 favored on the Preakness Stakes chances at sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark.com. The Bob Baffert trainee had a respectable showing in the Kentucky Derby placing fifth before eventually getting bumped up to fourth after the disqualification of the race’s original winner, Maximum Security. Improbable is the only horse one of the first seven to cross the line on Derby day that’s participating in the Preakness.
War of Will, who crossed the line eighth and officially finished in seventh after Maximum Security’s disqualification, is Improbable’s largest rival in this race sitting at +350 on the horse racing odds to win the Preakness. War Will was the horse many directly influenced by Maximum Security’s sudden lane change since jockey Tyler Gaffalione was compelled to abruptly slow down to avoid a collision. Gaffalione and War of Will hope to get some payback on a cleaner excursion now around.Two horses that didn’t compete at the Kentucky Derby will look to follow Maximum Security’s hoof-steps using a wire-to-wire triumph in Alwaysmining (+600) and Anothertwistafate (+700).
Alwaysmining started his career with unsatisfactory speed and outcomes through his first six races. But under new coach Rubley Kelly, Alwaysmining continues to be converted into a frontrunner and has won each of his last six races in wire-to-wire fashion. Anothertwistafate has finished in the top two in each of his last five races such as three wire-to-wire victories.
All this early rate could set the stage for a nearer just like Bourbon War (+800) to swoop in to get a positive result overdue. With a high Beyer speed of 96, Bourbon War probably won’t have enough to win outright, but a late kick and a top three finish could surely be in the cards.
Rounding out the field for this year’s Preakness Stakes are Owendale (+1000), Warrior’s Charge (+1200), Win Win Win (+1200), Bodexpress (+2000), Laughing Fox (+2000), Signalman (+2500), Market King (+3300), along with Everfast (+5000).
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