The 2017 Preakness field is set, the draw is done, the Morning Line odds are out and so are my betting picks.
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
Always Dreaming, the Kentucky Derby winner, is 4 to 5 on the morning line. Can Always Dreaming do it? Or, will Classic Empire, the second choice on the morning line get his revenge? Keep reading for morning line odds as well as more info on the favorite, the smart bet, and the dark horse bet to win this year’s Preakness Stakes!
Preakness Morning Line Odds & Picks
|PP||Horse||Morning Line Odds|
|7||Term of Art||30-1|
|9||Lookin at Lee||10-1|
|10||Conquest Mo Money||15-1|
The Favorite To Win The 2017 Preakness: 4-Always Dreaming 4/5
The Todd Pletcher trainee has won four races in a row. I’m not as impressed by his win in the Kentucky Derby as I was with his win in the Florida Derby. To me, everything set up perfectly for Always Dreaming in the Run for the Roses.
I’m surprised that his odds are at 4/5. He’s no worse than a 6/5 shot in this field. The Derby winner is an underlay at that price. He’s especially an underlay if you consider the fact that trainer Todd Pletcher is 0 for 8 in the Preakness. Pletcher’s first Derby winner, Super Saver in 2010, also won the Run for the Roses on a sloppy track.
Super Saver finished eighth in the Preakness. I believe Always Dreaming finishes in the Top 3, but I can’t swallow the less than even money odds.
The Sharp Pick To Win The 2017 Preakness: 5-Classic Empire 3/1
Classic Empire was 12 lengths behind. He ran over the worst part of the Churchill Downs racetrack for most of the race. He lost all chance as soon as the gates opened. But, even with all the trouble, he managed to finish fourth.
That speaks to his quality. While Always Dreaming got the dream trip along a golden rail, Classic Empire had to fight like mad to lose by less than 9 lengths. Professional horseplayers are all over the two-year-old champ to turn the tables on his rival.
The Dark Horse Pick To Win The 2017 Preakness: 2-Cloud Computing 12/1
I believe the Chad Brown trainee did all he could to just finish third in the Wood Memorial. Aqueduct was playing fast that day. Cloud Computing chased two of the better front runners in this three-year-old crop, Irish War Cry and Battalion Runner. It makes sense why Cloud Computing didn’t make up any ground once he got close enough to Irish War Cry and Battalion Runner. The speed favoring track didn’t allow him to do so.
Brown held Cloud Computing out of the Kentucky Derby so that he could prepare for the Preakness. He’s a fresh horse with enough speed to keep Always Dreaming, Conquest Mo Money, and Classic Empire within reach. He’ll have a shot on Saturday.