Preakness 2017 odds and expert picks; Cloud Computing a ‘promising-looking’ horse: Preakness roundup
Preakness contender Classic Empire gallops on the track at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Thursday, May 18, 2017. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The 10-horse field for the 2017 Preakness Stakes has taken shape with a post position draw that placed race favorites Always Dreaming and Classic Empire in neighboring gates. Top new shooter Conquest Mo Money drew the No. 10 post, right next to surprising Kentucky Derby runner-up Lookin At Lee.
Updated odds and post positions:
1. Multiplier 30-1
2. Cloud Computing 12-1
3. Hence 20-1
4. Always Dreaming 4-5
5. Classic Empire 3-1
6. Gunnevera 15-1
7. Term of Art 30-1
8. Senior Investment 30-1
9. Lookin At Lee 10-1
10. Conquest Mo Money 15-1
Brian Zipse of Horse Racing Nation broke down the 2017 Preakness Stakes field, how the race could unfold and what needs to happen for every horse in the field to win.
Trainers for each horse gave their thoughts on the 2017 Preakness post position draw, all of whom speak favorably of their draw. The favorite duo of Always Dreaming and Classic Empire will start side-by-side in the Nos. 4 and 5 posts, respectively.
Ellis Starr from America’s Best Racing is looking for a longshot to upset Always Dreaming and gives his picks to win, place and show. He lists Conquest Mo Money among his top contenders along with Always Dreaming and Classic Empire.
Mike Welsch from Daily Racing Form has a quick breakdown of top 2017 Preakness Stakes contenders and takes a bullish outlook on Cloud Computing. The horse is lightly raced but “extremely promising-looking,” Welsch writes.
David Ginsburg of The Associated Press has more on Classic Empire’s attempt to rebound from the Kentucky Derby, where he ran into a number of problems and still finished fourth. The Classic Empire camp believes the horse can “run a really good race” and says “everything about him is perfect.”
Twinspires has a good betting guide for beginners looking to get in on the 2017 Preakness action. This helpful PDF breaks down the race’s top horses and offers expert insights, but it also has good information for beginners looking to find their way through a sea of information.
Rick Snider from the Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate cautions not to overthink betting strategies and roll with Always Dreaming to win the race. He gives his full race prediction here with win-place-show picks and a sleeper or two.
As well as Always Dreaming ran at the Kentucky Derby, his camp believes they “might just be getting to the heart of the horse’s ability,” writes Tom Pedulla for the New York Post. Always Dreaming’s owners are dreaming bigger than ever and have visions of a Triple Crown.
The unseasonable warmth in the Northeast is expected to subside for the 2017 Preakness Stakes, writes Kevin Byrne for AccuWeather. Cooler and dry conditions just represent one less variable for projecting the race finish.
The city of Baltimore is in a fight to keep the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course moving forward, according to Jeff Barker of the Baltimore Sun. Pimlico could require massive funds to rebuild, and other options are being considered.