Preakness Stakes: Super Saver
The field for the Preakness Stakes hasn’t been set yet, but when it does you can be sure Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver will be the favorite at Pimlico Race Course. Super Saver bested 19 other horses and extremely muddy conditions to win the Derby, but at most he’ll have to deal with only 13 other horses in the Preakness. A full field in the Preakness is 14 horses, and for the first time in a number of years, the field is expected to be full to capacity. Besides Super Saver a few other Derby horses are expected to also race in the Preakness. Derby favorite Lookin at Lucky has already been confirmed for the Preakness by trainer Bob Baffert. He’ll be looking to make up for a disappointing finish in the Derby where he came sixth as the post-time favorite.
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Other Derby horses set to race at Pimlico include Paddy O’Prado, Dublin, and Jackson Bend. From that trio Paddy O’Prado had the best Derby finish in third, while Dublin came seventh, and Jackson Bend was 12th. Kentucky Derby runner-up Ice Box has already been scratched, and so has Noble’s Promise (the fifth-place finisher). One plus for Super Saver in the Preakness is that he has a jockey with recent winning experience at Pimlico. Just last year Calvin Borel, who rode Super Saver in the Derby, rode filly Rachel Alexandra to a win in the Preakness. Before the field has been set the latest odds on Super Saver at Bovada aren’t in his favor.
On the prop bet “Will Super Saver win the Preakness Stakes?” the current favorite is “No” at -280. If you bet “Yes” on that prop you’d be getting +220 odds. Not surprisingly, Super Saver is also an underdog at Bovada to become the first Triple Crown winner in 32 years. Since no horse has claimed the Triple Crown since Affirmed did it in 1978 there’s no way the oddsmakers would make Super Saver a Triple Crown favorite after his win in what was considered to be the most wide-open Derby in years. If you do think Super Saver has the makings of a Triple Crown winner you can currently get him at +500. Taking the “No” on the “Will Super Saver win the Triple Crown” at +800 may be the smarter bet, though.