The 2019 field for the Preakness Stakes is set and the ML betting odds are out. Out front is betting favorite Improbable (+235) followed by War of Will (+400) who will break from the 1st post position again after finishing 8th from the pole position at the Derby. The third favorite is Anothertwistafate (+725) followed by Alwaysmining (+800) and Bourbon War (+850). Now let’s take a look at the post positions and the top picks to win the 2019 Preakness Stakes.
Preakness Odds, Picks, Post Positions
- War of Will +400
- Bourbon War +850
- Warrior’s Charge +1400
- Improbable +235
- Owendale +1100
- Market King +3300
- Alwaysmining +800
- Signalman +2500
- Bodexpress +2000
- Everfast +7500
- Laughing Fox +2500
- Anothertwistafate +725
- Win Win Win +1600
Preakness Betting Favorite: Improbable +235
The Bob Baffert trainee has been doing great since the Kentucky Derby. Although that’s true, he has yet to win a race this year. Not only that, but he only made a mild bid in the slop at Churchill Downs. He could win the Preakness Stakes. However, he might have to get better after a tough time in the Run for the Roses. At 5/2, Improbable doesn’t offer much value.
Preakness Stakes Sharp Pick: Alwaysmining +800
A winner of 6 straight at Laurel Park, the Kelley Rubley trained Stay Thirsty sired three-year-old could be the horse to beat. He has faced short fields during the streak. He also didn’t win a race at a racetrack other than Laurel Park.
His connections purchased him for $130,000, though. That means they really felt he was a good enough horse to win races like the Preakness. Not only that, but this Preakness has come up light on talent with connections for Omaha Beach, Game Winner, Roadster, Maximum Security, Country House, and Tacitus all preferring to keep their horses on the bench.
Alwaysmining should get the perfect trip in a race lacking pace. He’s the choice.
Preakenss Sleeper Bet: Owendale +1100
The Pimlico Racecourse oddsmaker doesn’t believe the public backs Lexington Stakes winner Owendale. The oddsmaker could be wrong. In the Lexington Stakes win, Owendale showed the turn of foot that wins Triple Crown races. If he had made it into the Kentucky Derby starting gate, he might have gotten into the superfecta if not win the race outright.
Trainer Brad Cox is one of the best in the U.S. He’ll make sure that Owendale is ready to roll. Not only that, but Owendale’s sire, Into Mischief has become one of the top sires in North America. Owendale’s broodmare was sired by Bernardini, who won the Preakness Stakes in 2006. Owendale has a big chance to win the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown. It’s hard to see the public not jumping on those 10/1 odds. Expect 6/1 or 7/1.
Preakness Long Shot Pick: Signalman +2500
There’s no way the third-place finisher in the Blue Grass Stakes should offer odds of 30/1 to win the Preakness Stakes. Signalman won the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club as a two-year-old. He finished third to Game Winner in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.
He ran awful in his first race of the year, the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. He improved in the Blue Grass. The Preakness will be the third race of his form cycle, often a horse’s best. Signalman could take the Preakness Stakes either on the lead or tracking front runner Warrior’s Charge. Don’t discount his chances based on his morning line odds and what experts are telling you.