Preakness Selects 2019: Examining Latest Vegas Predictions and Odds

Improbable runs during training for Saturday's Preakness horse race at Pimlico race track in Baltimore, Friday, May 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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The 2nd leg of the Triple Crown could be controlled by a familiar face in the winner’s circle at Pimlico Race Course.

Fitness Instructor Bob Baffert, who has actually won 7 Preakness Stakes, supervises of favored horse Improbable.

Improbable comes into Saturday’s race as the highest-placing Kentucky Derby horse in the field after the top three finishers, and the disqualified Maximum Security, opted to skip the Preakness.

The Preakness favorite is expected to deal with competition from a few horses he raced versus 2 weeks ago and some Triple Crown debutantes seeking to make a splash in what might be an open race.

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Improbable is viewed as the favorite since of his fourth-place mark at the Kentucky Derby and the success Baffert has actually had at Pimlico.

Three of Baffert’s 7 Preakness success have actually come this years, with 2 taking place in the last four years with Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify.

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Improbable was among three Baffert-trained horses that entered the Kentucky Derby with low chances, and he was the best finisher in fourth.

Although he is viewed as the strongest horse in the race, Improbable has actually not won this year, as he has a set of second-place surfaces at the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby to accompany his Kentucky Derby finish.

Taking second to a set of Kentucky Derby starters is still much better than winning less distinguished races, which is what a few of the Triple Crown debutantes can boast.

Alwaysmining has swept up triumphes against lesser competition in 6 straight races, which is why he has decent odds at 8-1.

The horse trained by Kelly Rubley does have some experience versus horses in the Preakness field, as he beat out Win in December, but aside from that, he has actually not dealt with numerous of Saturday’s competitors.

The very same can’t be said about Anothertwistafate, who took second behind Cutting Humor at the Sunland Derby and finished behind Owendale at the Lexington Stakes.

Anothertwistafate is a bit more experienced than Always Mining, an aspect that has actually resulted in the very best odds of the non-Derby horses.

If you are looking for a long shot to take Saturday, Signalman appears to be the finest alternative.

Signalman took third in the Breeders’ Cup juvenile in November and placed third in heaven Turf Stakes behind Derby horses Vekoma and Win Win.

The Kenny McPeek-trained horse is one of the most-tested horses in the field and he might surprise some people with his efficiency.

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