Despite four of the top five finishers int the Kentucky Derby not caring about the second jewel of the Triple Crown, Pimlico officials have confirmed that there still will be a Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
In fact, 13 horses believe they have a chance. And why not? A 65-1 long shot won the Derby.
Bob-Baffert trainee Improbable, who finished fourth in the Derby, will go to the post as the favorite; his odds right now are set at 5-2, with Derby victim (or instigator???) War of Will at 4-1. Anothertwistafate, who just missed out on the Derby, is at 6-1, while Alwaysmining, winner of six straight races, is at 8-1.
Since there will be no Triple Crown this year, and due to the legal maneuvering taking place after the Derby, this year’s Preakness is almost an afterthought for some. But it’s still a wide-open race, and horses such as Signalman and Bodexpress are looking to crash the party.
My pick is for Improbable to take the Preakness. He has the fastest Beyer speed figure in the group (99), and even though he’s winless this year, he’s always been close to the winner. The duo of Baffert and Mike Smith doesn’t hurt either.
I’m about as sure of this as I was picking Maximum Security in the Derby. But I got that one right..