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Preakness Stakes Betting Trends

The Preakness Stakes or what is often called “The Run for the Black-Eyed Susans” is the second-leg of horse racing’s “Triple Crown.” The event is always held on the third Saturday in May and takes place Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore , Maryland .

Preakness Stakes
On May 17, the Preakness Stakes will be run for the 139th time at Pimilico down in beautiful Baltimore, Md.
Starts: 05/17/2014 1:00PM
Pimlico Raceway, 5201 Park Heights Ave.
BaltimoreMaryland

Inside the Preakness Stakes

  • Inaugurated 
    1873
  • Race Type 
    Thoroughbred
  • Race Information 
    Distance: 1-3/16(9.5 furlongs) 
    Track: Dirt, Left-handed 
    Qualification: 3-year-old 
    Weight: Colt/Gelding: 126 lb ( 57.2 kg ) Filly: 121 lb ( 54.9 kg ) 
    Purse: US$1 million 
  • Number of Horses In Race 
    The field is limited to 14 horses.
  • 2013 Winner
    Oxbow claimed the Preakness Stakes in 2013 at an eye-opening 15/1 price. The colt won by 1 3/4 lengths, beating the 2013 Kentucky Derby Winner and Preakness Stakes favorite Orb. 

Early 2014 2014 Preakness Stakes Odds

  • California Chrome-5/8
  • Danza-6/1
  • Social Inclusion-6/1
  • Bayern-10/1
  • Ride On Curlin-12/1
  • Kid Cruz-15/1
  • Dynamic Impact-16/1
  • Strong Mandate-17/1
  • Ring Weekend-20/1
  • General A Rod-20/1
  • Pablo Del Monte-24/1
  • Ria Antonia-32/1

Preakness Stakes Post Position Betting Stats & History

  • Over the last five Preakness Stakes races, the winning horse ran from the 5-9 post positions four times.
  • Since the start of the new millennium in 2000, only three horses have won the Preakness Stakes from a double-digit post position (Rachael Alexandra 2009, 13th post, Afleet Alex 2005, 12th post and Point Given in 2001 from the 11th post).
  • The fastest running of the Preakness Stakes was by the legendary Secretariat in 1973. The famed thoroughbred clocked in at a stunning in 1:55.00, though there was a dispute over the final time that caused it to be changed to an even more jaw-dropping 1:53 2/5.
  • In June of 2012 the issue was revisited again and the official final time was changed to its current 1:53.00 which gave Secretariat the all-time fastest record in any triple Crown race.
  • Famed thoroughbred owners D. Wayne Lukas and Bob Baffert lead all active trainers with five Preakness winners apiece.

Highest Payouts in Preakness Stakes History

  • 1975 – Master Derby- $48.80
    Master Derby went off at odds of 23.40 to 1 back in 1975, but those long odds didn’t stop this thoroughbred from making history. and paid $48.80 in 1975. 
  • 1925 – Coventry- $47.60
    Back when I was in grade school, Coventry , the second highest paying winner of the Preakness went off at bankroll-boosting odds of 21.80 to 1 and paid $47.60 to win way back in 1925.
  • 1926 – Display- $40.70
    One year after Coventry won at big odds, Display lit up the tote board at odds of 19.35 to 1 in 1926. He paid $40.70 to win, the third highest paying winner of the Preakness.

More Preakness Stakes Betting Trends

  • Dating back to 1954, only two horses have ever won the Preakness Stakes from the No. 1 post position (Tabasco Cat, 1994 and Bally Ache in 1960).
  • A whopping 15 Preakness Stakes winners have started from the No. 6 post position, with two of those occurrences taking place over the last half-dozen years. Just last year, long shot thoroughbred Oxbow won from the No. 6 post despite huge 15/1 odds while Big Brown brought home the bacon in absolutely commanding fashion from the sixth post in 2008.
  • The second-best post position according to history is the No. 4 position with 12 victories while the No. 2 and No. 3 post positions have 11 wins apiece.
  • Last but not least, you should know that, more often than not, a favorite is going to win the Preakness. A total of 65 favorites have won in Preakness Stakes, so I wouldn’t necessarily expect a huge upset to take place this coming weekend, though as you should know, anything’s possible.