Preakness Stakes Odds - Horses to bet Now or Later
We are quickly arriving to the draw for the 2009 Preakness Stakes. Before the odds are assigned, the post positions drawn, and bettors create their Pick 3, Pick 4 and trifecta tickets around and on the race itself, they should take a quick look at the BetUS online racebook and put wagers on the horses they believe are overlays in the racebook at this time.
Bettors could be missing out some good opportunities by not betting a horse to win right now. Let’s see which horse’s horseplayers should bet now or bet later in this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.
Preakness Stakes: Bet Now or Bet Later?
Rachel Alexandra Ev - - Without a doubt Rachel
Alexandra is a bet later. She is going off at even money in
the racebook and might be listed as an even money favorite
once the Preakness odds maker sets the odds but once the
gates open on Saturday, Rachel will be at best an 8 to 5
shot. This is too tough of a Preakness Stakes and a lot of
gamblers will notice that on Saturday. She’s a
definite bet later.
Mine That Bird +375 - - Like Rachel, this
Preakness came up tough for the Kentucky Derby winner. He
has a terrific shot and actually his odds of 3.75 to 1 in
the sportsbook are right where they should be, but by the
time the gates open this Saturday, I predict that Mine That
Bird will be going off at between 4 to 6 to 1. There are
just too many questions surrounding his Derby victory for
most horseplayers and he could get lost in the shuffle in
this field. Not only that but the jockey change is going to
scare some bettors. He’s a bet later.
- Pioneerof The Nile +500 - - He was
close to the pace in the Derby, was running on mud and dirt
for the first time in his career, and gutted out a second
place finish against some other tough horses. The trip was
difficult but he still hung on for second place. He has
also won four graded races this year. 5 to 1 on this guy?
Really? He should go off close to 3 to 1 or maybe even 5 to
2 in the Preakness. So, yes, he’s a big, big, bet
- Musket Man +700 - - He should have no
shot, right? But bettors will back him after looking at
that running line of 5 victories and 2 thirds out of 7
lifetime races. He’s as gutsy as they come and could get a
garden spot trip in the Preakness. Still, the lack of
respect means that he could go off at higher odds than 7 to
1. He’s either a bet now or bet later.
It’s too tough to call.
- Papa Clem +700 - - He swung out wide at
the top of the stretch in the Derby, which was the worst
part of the track, and went ding-dong with Musekt Man and
Pioneerof The Nile. He, like Pioneerof The Nile, was close
to the pace the whole way in the Derby. He could be the
wise guy horse in the Preakness. So, I’m saying bet
- Friesan Fire +700 - - My gut tells me
to bet now, but I’m going to wait and bet later. He
finished 19th in the Derby and I’m hoping that the mom and
pop horseplayers notice that and lay off of him. I think he
has a huge shot in the Preakness because the Derby was his
first race off of a 7 week lay off. He can win the
Preakness and will be close to a much kinder pace. I see
him outrunning Rachel Alexandra at the top of the stretch
and possibly winning going away. He’s my pick for now and
I’m hoping for 10 to 1 on Preakness day. Friesan
Fire is a bet later.
- General Quarters +1000 - - General
Quarters had a terrible Derby. The trip was awful but there
are still questions surrounding his overall ability. So, he
is likely to go off between 15 to 20 to 1 in the Preakness
since the race has came up tough. The truth is that, yes,
he won the Bluegrass, but that was on Polytrack and his form
has been pretty awful outside of the Bluegrass since
transferring to Thomas McCarthy’s barn. Hey, I like the old
guy but I would have preferred to see Quarters stay with
Mark Miller. Oh, well. He’s a bet later.
- Big Drama +1600 - - He was DQ’ed in his last, the Grade II Swale stakes, but would be 6 out of his last 6 if not for that. He’s the speed in this race and there’s no telling how good he could be but Rachel Alexandra is going to get the front running horseplayer’s money while Big Drama will go off at between 20 to 25 to 1 in this. He could steal this race, so keep that in mind, but his odds should be high on Preakness day. He’s a bet later.