The trifecta is one of the very best wagers for horseplayers. When a possible false favorite show up, like Always Dreaming at 4/5 to win the Preakness Stakes, it makes sense to go against the favorite. I don’t like Always Dreaming to win the second jewel of the Triple Crown. I can’t use him as my key horse in my trifecta.
Who do I like as the key horse? And, how am I going to construct a trifecta ticket that ensures big money with minimal investment?
What is a trifecta bet?
You bet a trifecta by selecting a minimum three horses to finish first, second, and third. These horses must finish first, second, and third, in that exact order, for you to win the wager.
If picking three horses in order sounds too difficult you can “box” your wager. A boxed trifecta wager will win if your horses finish 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, in any order, making it more likely to win.
The minimum bet for a trifecta wager is only 50 cents and you can bet a trifecta box for as little as $3.
2017 Preakness Stakes Trifecta 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 Trifecta Key Horse Pick: 5-Classic Empire
The two-year-old champion can bury these. A lot depends on where his mind’s at on race day. When his mind is right, he’s the best horse in the race. If his mind isn’t right, like when he dropped Jose Ortiz last year in the Grade 1 Hopeful, he can finish off the board.
I’m counting on the right-minded Classic Empire to show up on Preakness Day. The fact that he breaks right next to Always Dreaming is a huge plus because jockey Julien Leparoux can decide to track the Derby winner throughout the race.
Preakness Trifecta Place Picks
- 2-Cloud Computing – Don’t sleep on the Chad Brown-trained horse. Practical Joke, Brown’s Derby horse, made a nice menacing move to get into position to charge after Always Dreaming. Then, once Practical Joke got off the rail, like everyone else, his momentum slowed. Chad’s going to have this guy ready on May 20.
- 3-Hence – Steve Asmussen is no stranger to the Preakness winner’s circle. Asmussen won the Preakness in 2007 with Curlin. He won it again with filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009. Hence didn’t waste a ton of energy at Churchill Downs two weeks ago.
- 4-Always Dreaming – The Derby winner got the dream trip under the Twin Spires. I just don’t see things going as well for him this Saturday. Not only that, but trainer Todd Pletcher has never won the Preakness Stakes.
- 10-Conquest Mo Money – He’s got a shot to steal it if John Velasquez aboard Always Dreaming and Julien Leparoux aboard Classic Empire pay too much attention to each other. If left alone, he can pull a front-running upset score.
Preakness Trifecta Show Picks
- 1-Multiplier – It’s tough to know which horses to use in the show slot. That’s why I’m adding all of them. Multiplier ran a nice race to win the Illinois Derby as a prep for the Preakness Stakes. Breaking from the first post-position should allow jockey Joel Rosario to save ground without losing touch.
- 2-Cloud Computing
- 4-Always Dreaming
- 6-Gunnevera – Antonio Sano, his trainer, has an amazing story. But, I’m not sure if he can make up enough ground on the front-runners to get into the place slot. It’s tough to leave him out of the show slot for the trifecta, though.
- 7-Term of Art – Doug O’Neill’s a great trainer. But, he’s already put 9 races into this son of Tiznow that Calumet Farm purchased for $220,000. I don’t understand why he’s running in the Preakness Stakes when his style is perfect for the Belmont Stakes. Still, third place is up for grabs.
- 8-Senior Investment – His win in the Lexington Stakes impressed me because Keeneland’s dirt was playing fast all meet long. The knock is that he’s bred to be a sprinter, and although 1 3/16 miles is less of a distance than 1 ¼ miles, it still might be too far for him.
- 9-Lookin At Lee – Like Always Dreaming, he got a great trip riding a fast, golden rail, to second place money. I don’t believe he can lay so far back and make a huge run in the Preakness Stakes for the win or place.
- 10-Conquest Mo Money
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 Trifecta Pick
I’m playing a $2 trifecta with Classic Empire keyed over Cloud Computing, Hence, Always Dreaming, and Conquest Mo Money, over All. For my reverse trifecta, I’m only playing Cloud Computing, Hence, Always Dreaming, and Conquest Mo Money with Classic Empire with Cloud Computing, Hence, Always Dreaming, and Conquest Mo Money.
I’ll be in $44 on my trifecta bets.
5 w/2,3,4,10 w/All
2,3,4,10 w/5 w/2,3,4,10
Total Trifecta Cost = $44