Early Look at Preakness Field with Predictions and Free Picks
The race for the most valuable trophy in American sports, The Woodlawn Vase, is handed out this upcoming Saturday at the Preakness Stakes. The $4 million trophy sees sunlight on the 3rd Saturday of May each year. This year’s 147th Preakness Stakes race will not include 80-1 underdog Kentucky Derby champion Rich Strike. But there will be a few horses that do return from the Kentucky Derby and some new entrees too.
Epicentre (3-1 odds)
Horses that we didn’t see at the Kentucky Derby
Secret Oath (11-2)
Early Voting (6-1)
Creative Minister (10-1)
Un Ojo (18-1)
Ethereal Road (25-1)
Shake Em Loose (28-1)
Rattle N Roll (28-1)
Prediction Free Picks
Epicentre (3-1): The Kentucky Derby runner up is the early favourite for a reason. Epicenter ran 1 ½ miles Sunday morning and will have another solid easy half-mile works early Monday morning. He was in line for the win at the Kentucky Derby before 80-1 underdog Rich Strike came back in the final leg of the race to take the #1 spot. The Winchell family have always been eluded by the big 3 races, including a 2nd place Preakness finish last year with Midnight Bourbon. We know Steve Asmussen will have Epicentre ready for this race and wants him to stay the 3-year-old champion. Epicenter has good speed and amazing endurance. If he can start the race ahead, it is very likely he can win this year’s Preakness Stakes.
Simplification (8-1): The other Kentucky Derby participant, Simplification, came 4th in the Run for the Roses. Seven of the last 10 Preakness Stakes winners have run in the Kentucky Derby, so Simplification has a nice trend on his side since he ran in the Churchill Downs race on May 7th. The 3-year-old colt only lost by 3 ½ lengths to Rich Strike, and 3rd place finisher Zandon will not be attending the Preakness Stakes. I believe Simplification has a good shot at a top 3 finish, and by 8-1 odds it seems like solid “place” or “show” bet.
Early Voting (6-1): The winner of the Withers Stakes and runner-up in the Wood Memorial Stakes brings an amazing resume to The Preakness. Early Voting is an out-the-gate fast horse and figures to be in the lead again to start this race. His biggest concern is pressure from Epicenter or Simplification, who both can stalk and close very well. If he can maintain a solid lead and run his race, Early Voting is a threat to win.
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