In order to make money on the exacta at this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes betting odds, Nyquist simply can’t finish on top. Either that, or horseplayers have to have enough money on the combination with the place horse behind Nyquist in the exacta for it to be worthwhile.
I believe that Nyquist might actually bounce in Baltimore on May 21. The Kentucky Derby champ ran the best race of his life in order to beat 19 of his peers on Derby Day. If he bounces, Todd Pletcher’s Stradivari should be the one that takes home the trophy.
A Closer Look At My 2016 Preakness Stakes Exacta Picks
What: 2016 Preakness Stakes
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Post Time: 6:19 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, MD
Stadium: Pimlico Race Course
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Win: 11-Stradivari 8/1
His last work on May 13 was awesome. Stradivari got 5 furlongs in :59.3. This came after a maintenance work on May 7, 6 furlongs in 1:14.2. Stradivari only has 3 lifetime races. But he appears to be well-suited, being sired by Medaglia D’Oro, to have a say in the outcome on Saturday. I love how Todd Pletcher has taken his time with this horse. It’s much easier to win the Preakness without a lot of experience than it is to win the Kentucky Derby. He’s the key horse on Saturday.
Place: 3-Nyquist, 2-Uncle Lino, 5-Exaggerator, 7-Collected, 8-Laoban
3-Nyquist 3/5 – The Kentucky Derby champion has given every indication that he’s ready to roll in Baltimore on May 21. I still think he could bounce and I sort of question the field that he faced in the Derby. So, he’s a must use, but I can’t put him on top.
2-Uncle Lino 20/1 – The winner of the California Chrome Stakes has truly improved since starting to race as a two-year-old. Like Nyquist, he was sired by Uncle Mo. Uncle Lino could be coming into his own.
5-Exaggerator 3/1 – It can’t be stressed enough that if it comes up muddy, he jumps up big time as a legitimate contender. If it doesn’t come up muddy, he’ll have a harder time closing in Baltimore than he did in Louisville.
7-Collected 10/1 – This one will definitely have to improve. I think that Bob Baffert is going to get him to improve. The question then becomes whether the improvement will be enough.
8-Laoban 30/1 – His trainer taking off the blinkers intrigues me. Maybe, they think he could put it altogether without the shades.
$16 Exacta Play
I’m playing Stradivari over Nyquist for $16 bucks.
$8 Exacta Play
I’m reversing Nyquist over Stradivari for $8 bucks
$4 Exacta Plays
I’m playing Stradivari over Uncle Lino, Exaggerator, Collected and Laoban in $4 exacta plays.
$2 Exacta Plays
I’m playing Uncle Lino, Exaggerator, Collected and Laoban over Stradivari in $2 exacta plays
Total = $48
2016 Preakness Stakes Post Positions & Morning Line Odds
- Cherry Wine 20-1
- Uncle Lino 20-1
- Nyquist 3-5
- Awesome Speed 30-1
- Exaggerator 3-1
- Lani 30-1
- Collected 10-1
- Laoban 30-1
- Abiding Star 30-1
- Fellowship 30-1
- Stradivari 8-1