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Horse Racing: Preakness Stakes Odds

When advanced wagering on the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes closed on Friday, Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was attracting most of the attention as expected, closing at odds of 1-2.

The betting pool was just money wagered in Maryland and it totaled only $51,655, a small amount compared to the millions that will be wagered by Saturday afternoon, but it gives us an early look at how the betting odds may play out.

There is no doubt that the Derby winner will be heavily bet, and perhaps go down from his 3-5 morning line. The colt seems likely to be the shortest priced Preakness favorite since Big Brown won the race at 1-5 in 2008. Bovada currently has California Chrome at betting odds of 5-9.

The second choice in the early betting was Social Inclusion at 8-1, who figures to be the pacesetter. The colt makes his first start since running third in the Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 5. The colt figures to be the second choice, while Bayern, who was at 9-1, figures to be the third choice in the betting.

Local favorite Kid Cruz took some early action, bet down from his 20-1 morning line to 10-1. The colt won the Federico Tesio over the Pimlico surface and is the lone runner in the field with a win at the track.

The filly Ria Antonia, who was sixth in the Kentucky Oaks in her last start, was bet down from her 30-1 morning line down to 14-1.

Post time for the Preakness Stakes is 6:18pm (ET) and will be televised on NBC. For the latest betting odds, props, and matchup bets for the Preakness go to Bovada.

Advance 2014 Preakness Wagering from Friday:

01 Dynamic Impact 23-1
02 General a Rod 22-1
03 California Chrome 1-2
04 Ring Weekend 25-1
05 Bayern 9-1
06 Ria Antonia 14-1
07 Kid Cruz 10-1
08 Social Inclusion 8-1
09 Pablo Del Monte 50-1
10 Ride On Curlin 11-1

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Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome drew the No. 3 post and was installed as the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s $1.5 million Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of the Triple Crown. The Derby winner will face nine foes, two he beat in the Run for the Roses and seven new shooters led by Social Inclusion, who is the second choice on the morning line at odds of 5-1.

Social Inclusion pressed the early pace and weakened late to finish third in the Wood Memorial (G1) in his last outing. The colt won his first two career starts by a combined 17 ½ lengths.

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California Chrome has been bet heavily since winning the Kentucky Derby by 1 ¾ lengths over longshot Commanding Curve on the first Saturday of May. The latest price at Bovada has the Derby winner at betting odds of 5-8.

The co-third choices on the morning line are Ride On Curlin and Bayern at 10-1. Ride On Curlin checked in seventh in the Derby after a wide trip while Bayern was a nose in front at the wire in the Derby Trial (G3) but was disqualified for interference in the stretch and placed second.

Bayern’s trainer Bob Baffert has won the Preakness five times, the latest with Lookin At Lucky in 2010.

Ria Antonia, who won last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) by disqualification, takes on the boys. Five fillies have won the Preakness Stakes, the last coming in 2009 when Rachel Alexandra defeated Derby winner Mine That Bird. She will break from the six post and is 30-1 on the morning line. Her latest betting odds at Bovada are 33-1.

In addition to Preakness betting, Bovada is offering a prop on California Chrome’s chances of winning the Triple Crown . . .

Will California Chrome win the 2014 Triple Crown?

No 1-3
Yes 2-1

Here are the official morning line odds and post positions for the Preakness Stakes. For the latest betting odds and props for the race check out Bovada.

The Preakness Stakes
Post - Horse - ML Odds
01 Dynamic Impact 12-1
02 General a Rod 15-1
03 California Chrome 3-5
04 Ring Weekend 20-1
05 Bayern 10-1
06 Ria Antonia 30-1
07 Kid Cruz 20-1
08 Social Inclusion 5-1
09 Pablo Del Monte 20-1
10 Ride On Curlin 10-1


The Preakness Stakes serves as a launchpad for the biggest horse racing excitement of the year, or it muffles the excitement for the casual horse bettor.

Just two weeks after the Kentucky Derby has crowned its champion, horses gather again at Pimlico Racetrack in Maryland for the second jewel in the Triple Crown. If the same horse wins again, it sets in motion three weeks of major hype around the Triple Crown (which concludes weeks later at Belmont in New York).

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In 2014, all eyes - and many of the wagers - will be on Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome.

In 2013, Orb was the favorite and was beaten by 16/1 longshot Oxbow. If the Derby winner does not live up to his Preakness Stakes odds status most casual horse fans go back to sleep.

Current Preakness Stakes odds (futures) courtesy of Bovada:

California Chrome 5/8
Danza 7/1
Social Inclusion 8/1
Bayern 12/1
Ride on Curlin 12/1
Kid Cruz 14/1
Dynamic Impact 16/1
Strong Mandate 18/1
General A Rod 25/1
Pablo Del Monte 25/1
Ring Weekend 25/1
Ria Antonia 33/1

Also courtesy of BetOnline:

Bayern +1000     
California Chrome -155     
Danza +600     
Dynamic Impact +800     
Kid Cruz +2000     
Pablo Del Monte +2000     
Ria Antonia +5000     
Ride On Curlin +800     
Ring Weekend +3000     
Social Inclusion +600     
General a Rod +1200    

And from

Bayern +1200
California Chrome -150
Danza +1000
Dynamic Impact +1600
General A Rod +2200
Kid Cruz +1500
Pablo Del Monte +2400
Ria Antonia +3200
Ride On Curlin +1200
Ring Weekend +2000
Social Inclusion +600
Strong Mandate +1700


2013 Preakness Stakes odds as of Monday, May 13, courtesy of 5Dimes:

Orb wins Preakness Stakes -105        
Goldencents wins Preakness Stakes +900        
Mylute wins Preakness Stakes +1100        
Departing wins Preakness Stakes +425        
Govenor Charlie wins Peakness Stakes +1400        
Itsmyluckyday wins Preakness Stakes +1100        
Oxbow wins Preakness Stakes +1700         
Will Take Charge wins Preakness Stakes +1400        
Titletown Five wins Preakness Stakes +3000   

2013 Preakness Stakes Props courtesy of Bovada:

Will Orb win the Triple Crown?    

Yes +250    

No -400     

Will Orb win the Preakness Stakes?       

Yes EVEN  

No -140     

Will Orb Finish in the Top 3 at the Preakness Stakes?      

Yes -400     

No +250    

Note* - 380 and +260 at 5Dimes

How many horses will run in the Preakness Stakes?        

Over/Under 11.5


2013 Preakness Stakes

In 2013, Orb comes in as the huge favorite after an exciting dash to win the Kentucky Derby. The morning line odds and post positions will be set on Wednesday. In the meantime, race fans in the United States can visit US Racebook for a $100 bonus and live video and past performances of this race. Fans in selected states that are excluded from can get a terrific bonus and odds and props at online racebooks such as Bovada.


2012 Preakness Stakes

In 2012, the Preakness Stakes was another fight to the finish between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another, who had won the Kentucky Derby. Once again, the Canadian horse with the unknown jockey raced past Bodemeister at the wire, setting up another stab at the Triple Crown. Of course, on the eve of the Belmont Stakes, I'll Have Another was scratched due to injury and the horse racing season for casual fans fizzled.


Preakness Stakes Winners Since 1977   

Year    Winner    Jockey    Trainer    Time    Purse     

2013    Oxbow             Gary Stevens      D. Wayne Lukas  01:57.54   $600,000
2012    I'll Have Another    Mario Gutierrez    Doug O'Neill    01:55.9    $1,000,000                
2011    Shackleford        Jesus Castanon    Dale Romans    01:56.5    $1,550,000+                
2010    Lookin At Lucky        Martin Garcia    Bob Baffert    01:55.5    $1,000,000                
2009    Rachel Alexandra‡    Calvin Borel    Steve Asmussen    01:55.1    $1,100,000+                
2008    Big Brown        Kent Desormeaux    Richard Dutrow    01:54.9    $1,000,000                
2007    Curlin            Robby Albarado    Steve Asmussen    01:53.5    $1,000,000                
2006    Bernardini        Javier CastellanoTom Albertrani    01:54.6    $1,000,000                
2005    Afleet Alex        Jeremy Rose    Timothy Ritchey    01:55.0    $1,000,000                
2004    Smarty Jones        Stewart Elliott    John Servis    01:55.6    $1,000,000                
2003    Funny Cide        Jose Santos    Barclay Tagg    01:55.6    $1,000,000                
2002    War Emblem        Victor Espinoza    Bob Baffert    01:56.4    $1,000,000                
2001    Point Given        Gary Stevens    Bob Baffert    01:55.4    $1,000,000                
2000    Red Bullet        Jerry Bailey    Joe Orseno    01:56.0    $1,000,000                
1999    Charismatic        Chris Antley    D. Wayne Lukas    01:55.2    $1,000,000                
1998    Real Quiet        Kent Desormeaux    Bob Baffert    01:54.6    $1,000,000                
1997    Silver Charm        Gary Stevens    Bob Baffert    01:54.8    $1,000,000                
1996    Louis Quatorze        Pat Day        Nick Zito    01:53.4    $800,000                
1995    Timber Country        Pat Day        D. Wayne Lukas†    01:54.4    $750,000                
1994    Tabasco Cat        Pat Day        D. Wayne Lukas    01:56.4    $750,000                
1993    Prairie Bayou        Mike Smith    Tom Bohannan    01:56.6    $750,000                
1992    Pine Bluff        Chris McCarron    Tom Bohannan    01:55.6    $750,000                
1991    Hansel            Jerry Bailey    Frank L. Brothers01:54.0$750,000                
1990    Summer Squall        Pat Day        Neil J. Howard    01:53.6    $750,000                
1989    Sunday Silence        Pat Valenzuela    Char.Whittingham01:53.8    $750,000                
1988    Risen Star        Ed Delahoussaye    Louie Roussel    01:56.2    $700,000                
1987    Alysheba        Chris McCarron    Jack Van Berg    01:55.8    $700,000                
1986    Snow Chief        Alex Solis    Melvin F. Stute    01:54.8    $700,000                
1985    Tank's Prospect        Pat Day        D. Wayne Lukas    01:53.4    $700,000                
1984    Gate Dancer        Angel Cordero    Jack Van Berg    01:53.6    $400,000                
1983    Deputed Testamony    Donald Miller    J. William Boniface01:55.4$400,000            
1982    Aloma's Ruler        Jack Kaenel    John J. Lenzini    01:55.4    $350,000                
1981    Pleasant Colony        Jorge Velasquez    John P. Campo    01:54.6    $350,000                
1980    Codex            Angel Cordero    D. Wayne Lukas    01:54.2    $300,000                
1979    Spectacular Bid        Ronnie Franklin    Bud Delp    01:54.2    $300,000                
1978    Affirmed †        Steve Cauthen    Laz Barrera    01:54.4    $250,000                
1977    Seattle Slew †        Jean Cruguet    Bill Turner    01:54.4    $250,000