When you have a horse that has just come off a convincing win at the Kentucky Derby, and which is going to go off at very short odds at the 141st Preakness Stakes, it’s easy to think of the rest of the field as dark horses. The casual bettors will all probably be going for the safe bet that is Nyquist, but the seasoned horse racing types will be out there looking for some value, and there are a few horses that could come out of nowhere to deliver a shock result that could have the bookies handing over a lot of money. Nyquist is absolutely the horse to beat at Pimlico Race Track on Saturday, May 21st, but if you have ever watched a horse race, you already know that there are countless things that can happen which could change the outcome. There are a few scenarios here that could lead to a surprise winner, so let’s look at the Preakness betting dark horses that might just be able to take advantage of that.
Longshots That Could Spoil The 2016 Preakness Stakes Odds
One of the early betting favorites to win this race is Stradivari, based largely on the fact that he has been spectacular in his last two starts. The same can be said for Collected, as he too has been totally dominant in his last two outings. Collected did not run in the Kentucky Derby, put his previous starts suggest that he is more than good enough to play with the big boys.
Wednesday is going to be an important day for Uncle Lino, as that is when he will find out which post he will be drawn in. Veteran trainer Gary Sherlock has already stated that he will send Uncle Lino out to the front if he gets an inside draw. That could upset the pace of the race, and could lead to a few horses having to adjust their preferred running style. Whether Uncle Lino can go wire to wire remains to be seen, but this horse has to be considered a threat.
I spoke about this horse before the Derby, with much of the conversation being about the air of mystery that surrounds him. Yes, we know that he has performed very well overseas, but I had no idea what he would do in the Kentucky Derby. Lani did not get away well in the big race, yet was able to rally for a strong finish to end up in 9th place. He now has experience running on US soil, and a cleaner start in the Preakness may well make him one to watch.
Of these three horses, it is Lani that I find to be the most intriguing. I’m not entirely convinced that he has what it takes to beat Nyquist, but the more I watch his earlier races, the more convinced I am that he could play an active role in how this race plays out. He may well be one for your Preakness exotic bets.