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2010 Preakness Odds – Super Saver Looks To Take Second Triple Crown Race of Season

Posted by Domenic Padula on 5/14/2010 12:47:02 PM
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The second race in the 2010 Triple Crown will run Saturday May 15th, at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore, Maryland, where some of the top horse in the world will compete in the online betting Preakness Stakes. The Grade One Stakes race will be run by three-year thoroughbreds with a total prize purse of $1, 000, 000 available to be won. Although there has been lots of speculation about which horses will run as part of the field, and several trainers have declared their intentions to enter, there is only one horse that has been confirmed, which is Super Saver. The 2010 Kentucky Derby winner will be gunning for consecutive Triple Crown victories as the biggest story of the early horseracing season has become Super Saver jockey Calvin Borel’s quest for the illustrious, and of course elusive Triple Crown.
  • What: Horse Betting
  • When: May 15th 2010
  • Where: Pimlico Race Course Baltimore Maryland 135th Edition of Grade I Preakness Stakes for 1 mile 3/16th distance on dirt. Purse $1.1 Million dollars
  • Who: Thoroughbreds- Aikenite, A Little Warm, Bushwhacked, Caracortado, Dublin, Hurricane Bend, Ice Box, Jackson Bend, Lookin at Lucky, Paddy O’Prado, Pleasant Prince, Schoolyard Dreams, Super Saver, Turf Melody

The Favourite On The Preakness Odds: Super Saver

It will be difficult to bet against jockey Calvin Borel’s ability to repeat with Super Saver at the Preakness Stakes after he ran as an 8-1 odds in terrible conditions at the Kentucky Derby and emerged victorious. Although it was an excellent performance by the horse to finish 2 ½ lengths ahead of the next closest horse, an enormous amount of credit has to be given to Dorel, who has won three Derby’s in the past four years, and revealed his winning strategies to reporters immediately after the race. Dorel manipulated his horse in to position on a rain soaked, muddy dirt surface that was hardly fit for such an extravagant event, then made his move to the inside and pulled ahead for the victory. Although no horse has been able to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed won all three races all the way back in 1978, and in the history of the sport only 11 have been able to accomplish that feat, the trio of determined horse, capable jockey, and excellent trainer have horse betting enthusiasts thinking although improbable, it’s not entirely unlikely. Even should he not be able to win all three, there is still a good chance that Super Saver can take the Preakness. Only two years ago Big Brown opened the season with a pair of Triple Crown victories. In 2004, Smarty Jones won the Kentucky Derby by 2 ½ lengths, and then was even better when he competed in the Preakness Stakes, winning that race by over 11 lengths. Success carrying over from the Kentucky Derby over to the Preakness Stakes is far from unprecedented, and there is no reason not to expect that with this group leading Super Saver to the gate, this horse should not be the favourite.

Pick: Super Saver

The Second Tier – Ice Box, Noble’s Promise, Paddy O’Prado, Lookin’ At Lucky

With Super Saver leading the field in to the Preakness Stakes, there will be a couple of horses tight on his tail once more when the horses leave the gate. Ice Box wasn’t far from the finish line behind Super Saver at the Kentucky Derby, but has been listed by trainer Nick Zito as being doubtful to compete in the May 15th race after his thoroughbred endured such a tough race a week ago. Noble’s Promise finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby after taking the early lead at the quarter pole, and after originally being listed as doubtful for the second leg of the Triple Crown, has been upgraded to possible. Trainer Kenny McPeek met the group of managing partners that handles the horse, and a decision on whether Noble’s Promise will end up running or not should come down by the midway point of next week, as horses will be expected to arrive in Baltimore in the couple of days before the race. Paddy O’ Prado was a 12-1 odds on horse at the Kentucky Derby, and wound up placing third after an excellent run. It is difficult to assess how much of his showing can be attributed to his ability to deal with the muddy track conditions, but after his performance should definitely be in the running to appear in the top-three again. The final horse that should be considered in the second tier will be Lookin At Lucky, the thoroughbred that was the favourite to win at the Kentucky Derby, but placed sixth after getting unlucky by drawing the inside post position. His jockey told reporters before the race that if his horse was unable to establish inside position out of the gate, they would have no chance of showing, and that was the way the race played out. Now, with it being highly improbable that he will again draw an unfortunate position, Lookin At Lucky will be looking to avenge his tough finish by winning at the race.

Pick: Lookin At Lucky

The Longshots – Dublin, Line of David, Aikenite, A Little Warm, Jackson Bend, Hurricane Bend, Turf Melody, Schoolyard Dreams, Caracortado

One horse that has beaten Super Saver already in 2010 is Line of David, who beat the Kentucky Derby winner at the Arkansas Derby earlier in the year. Another horse that is probable to enter the Preakness Stakes, Dublin finished third behind Super Saver at that same Arkansas Derby, and although he finished seventh at Kentucky, trainer D. Wayne Lucas felt as though poor racing conditions and a bit of bad luck played the biggest factor in that, and Dublin could be a long shot to show.

Pick: Line of David

2010 Preakness Stakes Odds Predictions and Outlook

It is hard to predict a winner so early on, especially considering how much the post positions and track conditions play in to the result, as was illustrated at the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Calvin Borel did an excellent job with Super Saver in the first leg of the Triple Crown, and it would be hard to bet against him to make it two in a row. Lookin’ At Lucky was unfortunate to draw the inside post, especially under such harsh conditions, and will be looking to rebound. Should Ice Box run, he could be a long shot to show.

Sports Betting Pick: Super Saver



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