The Preakness 2015 has a storyline: Can Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah win to make it two thirds of the way to the coveted Triple Crown.
“Well, we’ve got to get to the Preakness first,” an admittedly tired Baffert said Sunday, referring to the 1 3/16-mile race May 16 in Baltimore. “I don’t even think about that yet.”
— NTRA (@NTRA) May 4, 2015
Early, the horse racing betting oddsmakers are behind American Pharoah who is a 7/5 favorite to win the 2015 Preakness, but the derby winner will have some stiff compitition as both horses that pushed this thoroughbred to the finish line are also schedule to race at the 2015 Preakness. Click here for more horse racing odds.
Event: 2015 Preakness Stakes
Date: May. 16, 2015
Start Time: 6:14 PM ET
Location: Pimlico Raceway, Baltimore, Maryland
TV Info: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
American Pharoah was the heavy favorite heading into and all the way through the Kentucky Derby, and with trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Victor Espinoza to go with the horse, that’s not exactly surprising. Espinoza has now won the Run for the Roses twice in a row, and Baffert has guided four horses to victory as trainer for the race.
“He’s competitive, he wants to win,” Baffert said after parading American Pharoah around a phalanx of clicking cameras. “He knows he’s special.”
The last time the Kentucky Derby’s top three finishers all advanced to the Preakness Stakes came in 2009. As with Mine That Bird, Pioneerof the Nile and Musket Man, it appears American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund will match up again May 16.
“If you look back at all the Triple Crown runners, they ran a lot,” Baffert said. “I think a lot has to do with who you are running against and how tough it is. This was such a tough Derby.”
Early 2015 Preakness Stakes Favorites To Beat American Pharoah
American Pharoah, 7/5
There is no doubt that American Pharoah is going to be the favorite to win the Preakness Stakes in 2 weeks. The Kentucky Derby favorite is easily the best horse of his generation. There is no Red Bullet, who upset Fusaichi Pegasus in 2000, sitting on the bench waiting to end American Pharoah’s quest for the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. He didn’t even look tired after running 1 ¼ miles while going wide around both turns. If you can lock in even money, take it.
So far, the top three finishers in the Kentucky Derby, American Pharoah, Firing Line and Dortmund, are schedule to run in the Preakness Stakes. Dortmund looked tired in the stretch, but he did pull away enough around the turn that it appeared that Dortmund had a great shot at winning the Run for the Roses. He’s a huge colt. So, he should be ready to run in the Preakness Stakes. If you really think that American Pharoah can be beat, Dortmund is probably the play.
Firing Line, 6/1
Firing Line ran as well as anybody could expect when putting way his Bob and Beverly Lewis rival and trying hard to hold off American Pharoah for the win. The difference in the Preakness Stakes is that Dortmund gets to run in a shorter race. Dortmund isn’t likely to let Firing Line by him in the stretch of the Preakness Stakes. But 7/2 odds are awfully nice on one of only 2 horses, Dortmund being the other, that can possibly upset the Derby winner in the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown.
Danzig Moon, 30/1
The Mark E. Casse trainee ran exceptionally well to pick up fifth place money in the Kentucky Derby this past Saturday. Danzig Moon could end up being a very good racehorse for Casse. The problem is that even if he turns out to be a good horse, he’s not a great horse. He just isn’t in the same league as American Pharoah, Dortmund, or Firing Line.
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