War of Will holds early edge in race for Eclipse Award

Maximum Security and Country House battle to the wire in the Kentucky Derby (G1) - Coady Photography The rules are simple. Sweep all three legs of the Triple Crown, and you will be named champion 3-year-old male at the Eclipse Awards. Win two of the three races and you’d have to really mess up the second half of the season to lose the title. But when three different horses win the three Triple Crown races, it’s anyone’s guess [...]

Wagering on the Belmont Stakes with different budgets

Tacitus winning the Tampa Bay Derby (G2) - Photo by SV Photography This year’s Belmont Stakes (G1) will not get attention from the national media that the 2018 rendition did as Justify chased racing immortality, but it is still an intriguing final leg of the Triple Crown. War of Will, off of his victory in the Preakness Stakes (G1), and Tacitus, who was last seen crossing the wire fourth in the Kentucky Derby (G1), will take the bulk [...]

Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Improbable & War of Will

On Saturday, Improbable should offer favorite’s odds. War of Will figures to go off second choice. There are reasons to like both horses to win the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. There are also reasons to go against both. Check out the case for and against Improbable and War of Will Preakness Stakes Case For & Against Improbable & War of Will Preakness Case for and against Improbable Bob Baffert trains the City Zip sired three-year-old. That [...]

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 [...]

Maryland racing takes center stage on Saturday

This coming Saturday afternoon and well into the evening, thoroughbred and harness racing fans will shift their attention to a pair of Maryland tracks as Pimlico Race Course hosts the latest renewal of the Grade I, $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing's Triple Crown, then Rosecroft Raceway presents four $70,000 Maryland Sire Stakes finals on its "Sophomore Showdown" closing night program of the spring meet. Saturday afternoon's focus locally and nationally will of course be on [...]

BetAmerica Radio Network How To Bet Horse Racing Podcast: Preliminary Thoughts on How To Bet the Preakness Stakes

Part of the Preakness Stakes handicapping puzzle is looking back at the Kentucky Derby, but with several "new shooter" contenders in this year's group there are more pieces than ever before to try to fit together. Professional handicapper Emily Gullickson of OptixEQ and Brisnet.com Daily Selections joins host Ed DeRosa to discuss this year's prospective Preakness field, including bet backs, potential throwouts, and the pace scenario for the May 18 race at Pimlico Race Course. For all Brisnet.com handicapping materials [...]

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 [...]

Preakness Stakes Make the Case – Anothertwistafate & Owendale

The Preakness Stakes takes place this Saturday on May 18. Although neither Country House nor Maximum Security will run in the race, the field should be deep. That means a horse offering overlay odds could take it. Two possible overlay odds horses could be Anothertwistafate and Owendale. Keep reading for the case for and the case against both. Preakness Stakes Case For & Against Anothertwistafate & Owendale Preakness Case for and against Anothertwistafate After his impressive win in [...]

2019 Preakness Stakes Jockey Assignments, Facts and Trends

Oxbow winning the 2013 Preakness Stakes - Jim McCue Photography Every year bettors handicapping the Kentucky Derby study a huge number of factors and trends that could affect the outcome of the race, placing greater emphasis than usual on things like history, pedigrees and jockey assignments. The Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico never seems to receive the same level of attention from a handicapping perspective, but shouldn’t the second leg of the Triple Crown warrant at least a [...]