2015 Preakness Online Betting Odds on Dark Horses
When the starting gate opens at the 140th Preakness Stakes on Saturday May 16 at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore, it will let loose the smallest field in quite some time for the big race. While some may look at that as a bit of a negative, the fact of the matter is that we will have 8 great horses who will have enough time and space to get into the perfect position to run their best race. So, don’t forget to check for more horseracing odds by clicking here.
Taking a Sneak Peek at the 2015 Preakness Online Betting Odds on Dark Horses
— Forbes (@Forbes) May 14, 2015
One of the biggest issues that horse players have when trying to handicap a race like the Kentucky Derby, where there are regularly 20 plus horses in the field, is looking at how a horse will be able to overcome a bad post position, or how a jockey will be able to get his horse free when boxed in at the rail. There should be no such issues with Preakness odds this year, which means that barring any sort of stumbles or contact out of the gate, we should have a clean race. If that’s the case, then you have to put American Pharoah, Dortmund, and Firing line in as the favorites. The other 5 are clearly dark horses, but what can we expect from them?
Danzig Moon ran in the Derby, finally finishing 5th, but well off the pace of the eventual winner, American Pharoah. It was a steady, if unspectacular, run, and he is going to have to do a whole lot better if he hopes to get in the money on Saturday. Realistically, his best shot at getting a share of the money is if one of the top three has an off day, or if we get some rain on race day, as this is a horse that quite likes the slop.
Divining Rod will get his 6th career start on Saturday, and will be hoping to maintain hid record of always finishing in the money (2-1-2). His best win came at Keeneland in the Coolmore Lexington (G3) back in April, which was enough to get him into the big race.
California-bred Bodhisattva will be getting his 12th start of his career on Saturday, and is perhaps the late bloomer of the bunch, as it took him 4 starts to finally break his maiden. California horse don’t tend to do well in the Preakness, despite the fact that California Chrome won it last year. The previous west coast winner before that was Snow Chief back in 1986. Tale of Verve and Mr Z are expected to complete the field of 8, although there may be some late additions and scratches still to come. The draw for post position will be held on Wednesday at 5 PM EST.