As expected, Kentucky Derby winner American Pharoah is the favorite to win after drawing the inside post in a field of eight which is the smallest to enter the second leg of the Triple Crown since 2000. Baffert stablemate Dortmund, third in the Derby, wound up just outside in the No. 2 hole.
“I hate drawing next to my horses,” the trainer said, then quipped, “It’ll be easier to watch now.”
Baffert did say that with just eight entered, “it’s a different vibe here” than if one of his contenders had landed the No. 1 in the Derby.
Baffert on draw for AP, Dortmund: "With eight horses it's a different vibe here (than the Derby). I don't like being down on the inside …"
— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) May 13, 2015
A Closer Look At The 2015 Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds
Event: 2015 Preakness Stakes
Date: May. 16, 2015
Start Time: 6:18 PM ET
Location: Pimlico Raceway, Baltimore, Maryland
TV Info: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
American Pharoah, 4/5
The Derby winner has history on his side. Derby winners often times come back strong in the Preakness Stakes. He might just be too good to beat on May 16. The Kentucky Derby winner has the breeding, he was sired by 2003 Belmont Stakes winner Empire Maker, connections, Bob Baffert is his trainer, and style, he can take the lead or run just off, to easily beat his competition in the Preakness Stakes.
American Pharoah teasing Dortmund on their van ride to Pimlico pic.twitter.com/w29f72AYxi
— Preakness Stakes (@PreaknessStakes) May 14, 2015
Bob Baffert’s other top three-year-old might have been a bit over the top in the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness is at a shorter distance. It looks like Dortmund will get the lead and be very difficult to run down in the stretch.
Mr. Z, 20/1
Recently purchased by Calumet Farms, Mr. Z goes into the Preakness having not won a race since breaking his maiden in his first lifetime start last June. He could pressure Dortmund from the outset and make things tough on American Pharoah in post-position early on in the race.
Mr. Z will be entered in the Preakness under new ownership (Calumet Farm) for trainer D. Wayne Lukas pic.twitter.com/7dPVnATrsf
— Preakness Stakes (@PreaknessStakes) May 13, 2015
Danzig Moon, 15/1
The fifth place finisher in the Kentucky Derby has plenty of upside. He might improve enough to get into the trifecta and, if things get crazy, could even win the race on Saturday.
Tale of Verve, 30/1
Maiden winners don’t often jump up and win races like the Preakness Stakes. With that being written, Tale of Verve did break his maiden at the exact distance, 1 3/16, of the Preakness Stakes. Don’t discount for the exotics.
He showed grit when winning the Federico Tesio Stakes, a prep for this, in April. Is he good enough to win? He probably isn’t, but he could stretch Dortmund to the limit early, setting up some of the closers to get into the tri and super.
Divining Rod, 12/1
He goes into this race off of an ultra-impressive win in the G2 Lexington Stakes at Keeneland in his last. If he improves, he could win it. Out of the top longshots, this is the one that bettors should key in on.
Firing Line, 4/1
The second place finisher in the Kentucky Derby lost by only a single length to American Pharoah. If he offers anything close to his morning line, he has to be considered for a wager because even though American Pharoah beat him, there’s no telling how much better American Pharoah really is than Firing Line.
2015 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds
Post time: 6:18 p.m. Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Purse: $1.5 million. Distance: 1 3/16 miles. TV: NBC. Radio: ESPN 680 in Louisville.
post position. horse (weight) jockey/trainer odds
1. American Pharoah (126) Espinoza/Baffert 4-5
2. Dortmund (126) Garcia/Baffert 7-2
3. Mr. Z (126) Nakatani/Lukas 20-1
4. Danzig Moon (126) Leparoux/Casse 15-1
5. Tale of Verve (126) Rosario/Stewart 30-1
6. Bodhisattva (126) McCarthy/Corrales 20-1
7. Divining Rod (126) Castellano/Delcaour 12-1
8. Firing Line (126) Stevens/Callaghan 4-1