Preakness Stakes 2017 betting odds and expert analysis, the case against Always Dreaming: Preakness roundup
Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming, ridden by exercise rider Nick Bush, walks past the starting gates after a workout at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place May 20. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
The 2017 Preakness Stakes is one short day away, and analysts and experts are rolling out their picks and predictions for the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. The latest odds still point to an Always Dreaming-Classic Empire showdown at Pimlico, but some are convinced at least one “new shooter” will crash the party.
LATEST 2017 PREAKNESS ODDS
1. Multiplier 40/1
2. Cloud Computing 14/1
3. Hence 20/1
4. Always Dreaming 4/5
5. Classic Empire 3/1
6. Gunnevera 16/1
7. Term of Art 33/1
8. Senior Investment 33/1
9. Lookin At Lee 10/1
10. Conquest Mo Money 18/1
Brian Zipse of HorseRacingNation.com broke down the style of every horse in the 2017 Preakness Stakes field and came away believing in new shooter Conquest Mo Money. Zipse also believes Classic Empire will show more speed at the Preakness than he did in his bumpy ride at the Kentucky Derby.
Veteran horse racing writers Bob Ehalt and Tom Pedulla went back and forth with their 2017 Preakness Stakes picks and broke down pros and cons for most horses in the field. They both believe a longshot has a chance to land in the place slot, and Pedulla makes an especially compelling case against Always Dreaming winning.
Debbie Arrington of the Sacramento Bee expands on Always Dreaming, trainer Todd Pletcher’s winless record at the Preakness and Classic Empire’s determination to win. He’s a “tough son of a gun,” trainer Mark Casse said.
The two-week turnaround between the Kentucky Derby and the 2017 Preakness Stakes is also a source of doubt for Always Dreaming bettors. Pletcher countered by saying “the horse is doing unbelievably well,” writes Luke Sheehan for Racing.com.
Classic Empire is running for redemption, but the field sets up for Always Dreaming, writes Mark Inabinett for AL.com. Always Dreaming and Conquest Mo Money are the only speed horses in the field, which could give Always Dreaming a chance to build a big, early cushion without being overly taxed, according to Inabinett.
The New York Daily News staff’s pick for the 2017 Preakness Stakes is in, and it’s not Always Dreaming.
Vic Cangialosi goes a step further and predicts the 2017 Preakness Stakes finish from 1 to 10 in his betting guide for the New York Post.
Hammerin’ Hank Goldberg has his eye on two new shooters to win and place at the 2017 Preakness Stakes, including one longshot.
“Derby Bill” Watson is on board with a Classic Empire win, he writes for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Multiplier trainer Brendan Walsh sees no issue with the No. 1 post in a 10-horse field, according to Jonas Shaffer of the Baltimore Sun.
The staff of the Asbury Park Press put together their predictions for the 2017 Preakness Stakes and sprinkled in a couple minor upsets in their win-place-show picks. Writer Stephen Edelson went with a new shooter to win it all.