The opening 2019 Preakness Stakes odds are out. Eventual Derby winner Country House will not run in the Preakness. The favorite is Code of Honor (+350). Who is the best bet to win the Preakness? Keep reading to answers to those questions and more.
Preakness Stakes Odds & Who Can Beat Country House
- Code of Honor +350
- War Of Will +450
- Tacitus/Improbable +600
- Game Winner +1000
- Vekoma +1100
- Anothertwistafate/Alwaysmining/Mr. Money +1200
- Owendale/Bourbon War +1400
- Bodexpress +1600
- Roadster +1800
- Signalman/Sueno +2000
- Laughing Fox +2500
Code of Honor (+350) – Trained by Claude McGaughey, Code of Honor was moved up to second in the Derby after Maximum Security’s disqualification to seventeenth. Code of Honor was a legitimate third-place finisher in the Run for the Roses. That will make him an attractive play in the Preakness.
War of Will (+450)– He ended up finishing seventh in the Derby, but appeared to have a shot for the win around the final turn if not for the alleged Maximum Security interference. Who knows if he would have gone on to win, or finish in the Top 5, if not for the apparent chain reaction of events. Trainer Mark Casse is a top conditioner and he was a top Derby choice until getting hurt in his final Derby prep.
Owendale (+1400) – The Bob Cox trainee won the Lexington Stakes after running down Anothertwistafate. Owendale didn’t get enough points by winning the Lexington to run in the Derby, but he appears to be coming into his own and will be ultra-fresh. He’s also sired by Into Mischief and is from a Bernardini mare. He could be very tough to beat on Preakness Day.
Anothertwistafate (+1200)– The horse Owendale beat to win the Lexington could also offer lower odds to win in Baltimore than Country House. Anothertwistafate won the El Camino Real Derby and then finished second in the Sunland Derby and the Lexington Stakes. Trainer Blaine Wright should have him ready to show his best in the Preakness. The horse has never finished worse than second since a ninth in his first ever lifetime race.