2017 Preakness Stakes Exacta PickJosh Bailey
Always Dreaming will enter the starting gate for the Preakness Stakes as a solid less than even money favorite. For his backers, it’s not a question of if Always Dreaming will win. Always Dreaming must win. That’s why I’ve chosen Classic Empire as my key horse in the exacta. But, who do I like to finish in the place slot?
What is an exacta bet?
You bet an exacta by selecting a minimum two horses to finish first and second. These horses must finish first and second, in that order, for you to win the wager.
If picking two horses in order sounds too difficult, you can “box” your wager. A boxed wager will win if your horses finish 1st and 2nd, in any order, making it more likely for you to win.
The increased level of difficutly in picking a winning exacta bet yeilds a bigger payout than a traditional Kentucky Derby Win-Place-Show bet. The minimum bet for an exacta or exacta box wager is only $2.
2017 Preakness Stakes Exacta Pick
What: 2017 Preakness Stakes
When: May 20, 2017
Post Time: 6:45 PM ET
Where: Baltimore, Maryland
Track: Pimlico Race Course
Stream: NBC Sports Live
Preakness Exacta Key Horse Pick: 5-Classic Empire
Sired by Pioneerof the Nile, American Pharoah’s dad, no equine had a worse trip in the Kentucky Derby than Classic Empire. He’s tractable enough to run close to the pace. But, on Derby Day, he got beat up so badly right after the gates opened, that he was 12 lengths behind at the first call. He runs much better in the Preakness Stakes. Breaking next to the Derby winner is a plus.
Preakness Exacta Place Picks
- 2-Cloud Computing – I love how his trainer decided to skip the Derby so that he could prepare him for the Preakness Stakes. He’s got a great shot of being only the fourth horse since 1983 to win the Preakness without having run in the Derby.
- 3-Hence – Since he’s a closer, his chances of finishing second could be compromised. But, he’s got talent, and the Derby ended up as more of a prep for this than anything else. Once jockey Florent Geroux realized he had no shot, he laid off. Hence should be much tighter at Pimlico.
- 4-Always Dreaming – No real knocks on the Derby winner. But, the 4/5 odds make it impossible to put him on top as the key horse.
- 10-Conquest Mo Money – I love how he comes up to the race. He’s got speed in a race lacking it while he never fails to give it his all. If this is the moment for him to move forward, he could steal this race on the front end.
Preakness Morning Line Odds
|PP||Horse||Morning Line Odds|
|7||Term of Art||30-1|
|9||Lookin at Lee||10-1|
|10||Conquest Mo Money||15-1|
My 2017 Preakness Stakes Exacta Pick
My exacta bets are about pounding the Classic Empire over Always Dreaming exacta, reversing it for a smaller amount, and then keying Classic Empire over Hence, Conquest Mo Money, and Cloud Computing, just in case the Derby winner doesn’t show his best. If Always Dreaming beats me and I win just half back what I’ve invested in the exacta, I’ll be happy.
Total Exacta Cost = $42