With the 2016 Preakness Stakes getting underway on Saturday, thoroughbred horse racing bettors everywhere need to know one thing. Can Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist hold off the field to bag the Preakness crown and move one step closer to an elusive Triple Crown? Let’s find out now.
Preakness 2016 Online Betting At Its Best: Can Nyquist Hold Off Field to Bag 2016 Preakness Crown?
2016 Preakness Stakes Field and Odds
|Nyquist||Doug O’Neill||Mario Gutierrez||5-7|
|Exaggerator||Keith Desormeaux||Kent Desormeaux||9-2|
|Cherry Wine||Dale Romans||Corey Lanerie||25-1|
|Laoban||Eric Guillot||Ricardo Santana Jr.||40-1|
|Collected||Bob Baffert||Javier Castellano||25-1|
|Fellowship||Mark Casse||Jose Lezcano||33-1|
|Gun Runner||Steve Asmussen||Florent Geroux||14-1|
|Uncle Lino||Gary Sherlock||Fernando Perez||33-1|
|Awesome Speed||Alan Goldberg||Jevian Toledo||33-1|
|Lani||Mikio Matsunaga||Yutaka Take||33-1|
|Stradivari||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||12-1|
|Dazzling Gem||Brad Cox||TBA||20-1|
2016 Preakness Stakes Field
Show – Stradivari
Simple and plain, Stradivari in the kind of ‘X-factor’ thoroughbred that could upset the entire apple cart at the Preakness! The Todd Pletcher-trained colt has won two consecutive races and has the kind of explosiveness that it will take to beat the undefeated Nyquist. Despite the lack of experience, Stradivari is well-rested, having not run in the Kentucky Derby. While I’ve got this mount finishing third, the fact of the matter is that Stradivari could finish second – or even end Nyquist’s chances for the Triple Crown.
Place – Exaggerator
Exaggerator finished second at the Kentucky Derby and I’ve got this three-year-old doing likewise at the Preakness, though he’ll have to beat out Stradivari in order to do so. Exaggerator has finished no worse than second in four of his last five races while winning a pair of those runs. Sure, he’s yet to beat Nyquist, but not many horses have beaten out Exaggerator either.
Win – Nyquist
What else is there to say about the undefeated Nyquist that hasn’t already been said? With the Preakness Stakes being a shorter distance than the Kentucky Derby, this race is set up perfectly for Nyquist to win.
Nyquist is the most athletic and explosive thoroughbred in the field ad will undoubtedly be difficult to beat, just as I predicted he would be at Churchill Downs. Reports this week say that Nyquist is in fine form in the days leading up to the Preakness and that trainer Doug O’Neill is pleased with his horse’s workouts and demeanor.
Nyquist is unbeaten in eight races and he’ll make it nine in a row by winning the 2016 Preakness Stakes!