Preakness Stakes 2017 bettor’s guide: Conquest Mo Money, Gunnevera look like smart picks
John Velazquez rides Always Dreaming to victory in the 143rd running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
The morning-line odds for the 2017 Preakness Stakes made it clear: Most expect the race at Pimlico on Saturday to be a two-horse race between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire. Always Dreaming opened as the overwhelming favorite at 4-5 while Classic Empire checked in at 3-1. By comparison, none of the other eight horses were given odds better than 10-1.
Now, what do this mean for bettors? Well, it’s going to be tough to hit a big payoff if Always Dreaming and Classic Empire do, in fact, go 1-2 in some order like the odds suggest. It seems, however, like some smart bets are waiting out there on other horses in the field, like Gunnevera and Cloud Computing, that could result in much bigger payoffs than just sticking with the two overwhelming favorites.
If you recall the morning-line odds for the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, you’ll notice the Preakness is shaping up to be a much different race to bet on. The Run for the Roses was a wide-open field, which meant there was no low odds on any one horse. While Always Dreaming was technically still a favorite, the payoff was still solid at $11.40 for just a $2 bet to win. By comparison, a $2 bet on Always Dreaming to win the Preakness at 4-5 odds would pay just $3.60. Essentially what that means is, if you really want to bet on Always Dreaming to win, you need to lay down some serious cash to see a big return.
So with that being said, let’s take a look at some horses besides Always Dreaming and Classic Empire that may be a smart bet at this year’s Preakness Stakes. After all, just two weeks ago at the Kentucky Derby, two longshots in the field of 20 managed their way into a top-3 finish that say big payoffs for anyone who was bold enough to lay down money on Lookin At Lee and Battle of the Midway.
Before we jump into analyzing the 10-horse field at the Preakness, though, it’s important to look at the morning-line odds and the post positions given to each horse. Here’s a look at how Saturday’s race is shaping up.