2019 Preakness Stakes Free Picks

Improbable winning the Street Sense Stakes - Coady Photography The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown takes place this Saturday on May 18. Last week, most horseplayers looked towards either War of Will or Improbable as their key horse. It made sense because those two horses ran decent enough in the Kentucky Derby to warrant Preakness consideration. War of Will might have won the Run for the Roses if he hadn’t been affected by Maximum Security. He was [...]

Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Alwaysmining & Win Win Win

This year’s Preakness Stakes figures to be more of a handicapping challenge than any Preakness since 2010. Lookin At Lucky beat Derby winner Super Saver that year. We could see something similar on Saturday with a second or third choice horse like Alwaysmining winning the race. Or, we could see a horse like Win Win Win shrug off his Derby debacle to take the Second Jewel. Check out cases for and against both Alwaysmining and Win Win Win to take [...]

Which Horses Will Run in the 2019 Preakness Stakes?

Improbable winning the Los Alamitos Futurity (G1) - © Benoit Photo Which horses are expected to compete in the 2019 Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico? At this point, a better question might be “which horses are not expected to compete in the Preakness?” The potential field for the second leg of the Triple Crown is still in flux, but it’s safe to say the biggest names will be absent from the May 18 classic. Country House, the official [...]

Alwaysmining Stands Out in Federico Tesio Stakes

When six horses line up to contest the $125,000 Federico Tesio Stakes at Laurel Park, it’s hard to imagine any outcome other than a resounding victory for #2 Alwaysmining. On paper the son of Stay Thirsty towers over the field and will be an overwhelming favorite to claim victory in the 1 1/8-mile race, which serves as a prep for the Preakness Stakes (G1) four weeks from now. Speed figures? Alwaysmining has fired off four straight 91+ BRIS speed ratings, [...]

Potential Derby Contenders Face Off on Stakes-Packed Day at Laurel Park

The last weekend of racing in 2018 offers somewhat slim pickings in terms of graded stakes races, but if you find non-graded stakes races appealing—and if they have large fields, who doesn’t?—there will be plenty of action to keep you entertained. The Saturday card at Laurel Park alone features six such races offering combined purse money of $550,000. Even better, they’re all scheduled to be run on the main track, so there’s no need to worry about wet weather causing [...]