Could the 2015 Preakness Stakes already be decided? Even before the horses are in the starting gates?
Derby winner American Pharoah drew into the first post position, which is known for its seemingly obstructed run to the first rail. Some trainers say it’s all mental, that the slanted view is a mirage.
“I never like the 1 hole,” trainer Bob Baffert, who has won the Preakness five times, said. “That’s the first time I’ve ever drawn the rail here. I’ve been so lucky. You don’t like to see it, but if he’s the best horse we’ll find out.”
While this could be overcome by most top horses, American Pharoah drew into more bad luck as stable-mate Dortmund will be coming from the No. 2 post, and the Derby’s third-place finisher can dictate American Pharoah’s early pace over the first quarter mile by pinning the latter along the rail.
The 2015 Preakness Stakes Morning Line odds have Dortmund listed 7-2 to beat win the race and the favorite, American Pharoah who is listed at 4-5.
Top Six Reasons To Bet On Dortmund To Win The 2015 Preakness Stakes
Event: 2015 Preakness Stakes
Date: May. 16, 2015
Start Time: 6:18 PM ET
Location: Pimlico Raceway, Baltimore, Maryland
TV Info: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
1. Dortmund loves to run
There isn’t another horse in this three-year-old crop that loves to run as much as Dortmund does. Dortmund was absolutely brilliant up to the Kentucky Derby. His Kentucky Derby run wasn’t all that bad either since he ended up finishing third after being awesome in the Santa Anita Derby. Horses that love to run are difficult to beat.
2. Bob Baffert knows how to train horses to win the Preakness Stakes
Trainer Bob Baffert can train horses to win the Preakness Stakes. Lookin At Lucky finished out of the money in the Kentucky Derby but came back 2 weeks later to win the Preakness Stakes in 2010. Point Given did the same thing in 2005.
3. Dortmund’s dad, Big Brown, won the Preakness
In 2008, Big Brown won the Preakness Stakes after winning the Kentucky Derby. Dortmund, who looks a lot like his dad, failed at winning the Kentucky Derby but it doesn’t mean that he can’t take home the Preakness Stakes like his dad.
4. Dortmund’s bounced out of the Kentucky Derby well
Dortmund’s been a bear in the mornings. He definitely looks ready to run. He doesn’t look tired at all and he’s been eating all of his feed. Dortmund could be very difficult to handle on Saturday if he bounced out of the Kentucky Derby in good shape.
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— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) May 15, 2015
5. The Preakness betting odds are going to be great
Dortmund went off as the second choice in the Kentucky Derby at 3 to 1. He could go off as high as 4 to 1 to 9 to 2 before they exit the gates in the Preakness Stakes. That makes him an overlay since the Preakness is a shorter race than the Kentucky Derby.
6. There’s a chance that nobody challenges Dortmund on the lead in the Preakness Stakes
Dortmund is a front runner that could get away with soft fractions like Bodemeister did in the 2012 Preakness Stakes. Bodemeister almost hung on for the win that day. I’ll Have Another had a closing kick that rivaled Victory Gallop’s. American Pharoah’s and Firing Line’s styles are to lie closer to the pace. Dortmund can wire the field if nobody goes with him.
American Pharoah teasing Dortmund on their van ride to Pimlico pic.twitter.com/w29f72AYxi
— Preakness Stakes (@PreaknessStakes) May 14, 2015
2015 Preakness Stakes Morning Line Odds
Post time: 6:18 p.m. Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Purse: $1.5 million. Distance: 1 3/16 miles. TV: NBC. Radio: ESPN 680 in Louisville.
post position. horse (weight) jockey/trainer odds
1. American Pharoah (126) Espinoza/Baffert 4-5
2. Dortmund (126) Garcia/Baffert 7-2
3. Mr. Z (126) Nakatani/Lukas 20-1
4. Danzig Moon (126) Leparoux/Casse 15-1
5. Tale of Verve (126) Rosario/Stewart 30-1
6. Bodhisattva (126) McCarthy/Corrales 20-1
7. Divining Rod (126) Castellano/Delcaour 12-1
8. Firing Line (126) Stevens/Callaghan 4-1