Early 2015 Belmont Stakes Win-Place-Show Pick

7 Reasons To Bet On American Pharoah To Win The Preakness Stakes

American Pharoah is the favorite in the Preakness Stakes Morning Line odds at 4/5 even after the 3-year old colt drew the dreaded first post position in this Saturday’s race at Pimlico.

“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.”

Jockey Victor Espinoza will ride Pharoah for this second jewel of the Triple Crown which is half a furlong shorter than the Kentucky Derby. The Preakness Stakes also features field of just eight runners, which is the shortest field since 2000. Will Espinoza run the 3-year old colt differently for the 1 3/16th-mile race than the Kentucky Derby, when he tracked Dortmund and Firing Line from the outside before sweeping past them in the stretch?

My Top Seven Reasons To Bet On American Pharoah 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. He’s trained by Bob Baffert – Trainer Bob Baffert has won 5 Preakness Stakes during his career:  Silver Charm, Real Quiet, War Emblem, Point Given, and Lookin At Lucky.

2. Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winners have all gone on to win the Preakness Stakes – Baffert’s Kentucky Derby winners, Silver Charm in 1997, Real Quiet in 1998 and War Emblem  in 2000, have all gone on to win the Preakness Stakes.

3. American Pharoah’s sire is the great Empire Maker – The favorite to win the 2003 Kentucky Derby, Empire Maker sired Bodemeister, who finished second in the 2012 Preakness Stakes to I’ll Have Another, and the brilliant mare Royal Delta.

4. American Pharoah’s Kentucky Derby win was faster than many realize – American Pharoah ran the Kentucky Derby in 2:03.02. California Chrome won the Derby in 2:03.66 and he easily took the Preakness Stakes in 2014. In 2004, Smarty Jones won the Derby in 2:04.06 and he destroyed his competition in the Preakness Stakes. American Pharoah won his Derby in a better time than either one of those Triple Crown contenders.

5. American Pharoah’s got the right style to win the Preakness Stakes – It looks like there’s going to be a lot of speed signed on for the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. American Pharoah has the ability to sit in the garden spot, 2 to 3 lengths off if they’re going to fast up front, or sit 1 length off if they’re going to slow up front. Jockey Victor Espinoza can do either one.

6. The Derby Winner came out of the race well – All indications are that the Kentucky Derby win took nothing out of American Pharoah. He’s been gliding across the racetrack in the mornings. It’s doubtful that he’s too tired to win on Saturday.

7. American Pharoah is just better than his competition – In a deep three-year-old class, American Pharoah is simply better. He was better than his competition at 2 and he’s better than his competition at 3. His Derby victory was much easier than it looked.  

2015 Preakness Stakes Betting 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