2016 Preakness Odds, Post Positions

Post positions were drawn for the 2016 Preakness Stakes, and Nyquist got an inside post, which could bode well if he wants to move to the front. If not, he’ll have to stalk the early pace setters to avoid getting boxed in.

Nyquist drew the number 3 post, not getting boxed in at the rail, but hopefully giving him enough room to establish an early pace, or stalk the leaders from a clean position.

Exaggerator drew the number 5 position, another good position for him. Whether he decides to stay in the middle of the field or come from behind is still unknown, but unless he gets in traffic he should have a good ride.

The rest of the field looks like this:

  1. Cherry Wine – 20-1
  2. Uncle Lino – 30-1
  3. Nyquist – 3-5
  4. Awesome Speed – 30-1
  5. Exaggerator – 3-1
  6. Lani (126) – 30-1
  7. Collected – 10-1
  8. Laoban – 30-1
  9. Abiding Star – 30-1
  10. Fellowship – 30-1
  11. Stradivari – 10-1

My pick? I have to go with Nyquist: I’ve been with him ever since his early 2-year-old campaign. He’s undefeated, and two weeks ago looked like he could hold off anyone going a mile and a quarter. The shorter distance should give him even more of an advantage. Exaggerator is too good of a horse to finish out of the money, and should be right there at the end again. As for third place, I like Collected. He’s won four of six starts and should be fresh after skipping the Derby.

Good luck, everyone!

Peter Lee

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