2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks

2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks

2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks

The Preakness Stakes Post Positions and Morning line odds are set. Although Nyquist is undefeated and won the Kentucky Derby in impressive fashion 2 weeks ago, 10 horses believe they have what it takes to challenge the two-year-old Breeders Cup Juvenile Champion.

Nyquist has been set as the chalky 3/5 favorite to take down his 10 rivals but is there a horse in the 11-runner field that could win the Preakness and beat the well-regarded Doug O’Neil trainee?  Keep reading for more information about Nyquist as well as my smart pick and dark horse pick to win this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes!

Analyzing My 2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks

What: 2016 Preakness Stakes
When: Saturday, May 21, 2016
Post Time: 6:19 PM ET  
Where: Baltimore, MD
Stadium: Pimlico Race Course
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

The Favorite Free Pick To Win The 2016 Preakness: 3-Nyquist 3/5

You have to have been impressed by the way that Nyquist won the Kentucky Derby 2 weeks ago. He was in the first flight after runaway leader Danzing Candy. He allowed Gun Runner to run past him on the rail before rallying and beating that one. He held off Exaggerator who couldn’t have asked for a better pace set-up than the one that he got in the Derby. Nyquist has given no indication that he’s going to bounce in the Preakness off of his Derby win. But horses don’t always show up when they have too and this guy worked hard at Louisville. I’m passing at 3/5.

The Smart Free Pick To Win The 2016 Preakness: 7-Collected 10/1 (pictured)

My gut tells me that trainer Bob Baffert could pull off a shocker on May 21. Baffert has had a lot of success in the Preakness Stakes. While he’s won the Kentucky Derby 4 times and the Belmont Stakes twice, he’s won the Preakness Stakes an incredible 6 times. On paper, Collected doesn’t appear to be fast enough to beat horses like Nyquist, Stradivari and Exaggerator, the top 3 betting interests in the Preakness. But, they don’t run horse races via ink and paper. Collected has won his last 2 races, a $415,000 stakes race at Sunland and the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes, easily. He’s got talent.

The Dark Horse Free Pick To Win The 2016 Preakness: 8-Laoban 30/1

I love how they’re taking the blinkers off of this horse. Trainer Eric Guillot knows what he’s doing. Like Nyquist, this guy is a son of Uncle Mo. Also like Nyquist, he’s got a lot of speed and went for a pretty penny, $260,000, at the Keeneland September Sale in 2014. If he can relax right behind pace-setter Uncle Lino and close to Nyquist and Stradivari, he’ll have a chance at the top of the stretch to show his absolute best. That’s all you ask of a 30 to 1 shot…to have a shot at the top of the stretch.

2016 Preakness Stakes Post Positions & Morning Line Odds

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