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Preakness Odds - Mine That Bird moves on to Pimlico

Posted by Pete Mitchell on 4/26/2012 10:16:05 AM

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Preakness Betting – Kentucky Derby winner to take on Pimlico course
  • Who: Thoroughbreds – Mine That Bird
  • What: Thoroughbred Horse Racing – The Preakness Stakes
  • Where: Pimlico Race Course
  • When: Saturday, May 16th

The connections of Mine That Bird had originally planned to run in The Kentucky Derby, skip Preakness odds and wait for The Belmont Stakes, giving their horse a comfortable 5-week gap between races. Those plans changed when Mine That Bird scored a monumental upset in The Run for the Roses.

 The diminutive gelding flew up the rail in the home stretch under the brilliant and courageous guidance of jockey Calvin “bo-rail” Borel, to win going away by nearly seven lengths, causing due celebration by racebook bettors. He paid $103.20, making him the second-longest priced winner in Kentucky Derby history. Mine That Bird earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 105, an incredible 24 points higher than his previous lifetime best. On Monday, trainer Bennie Woolley Jr. confirmed that Mine That Bird would run in The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, May 16th.

There will be plenty of competition lined up to take on the Derby champ. Following is a list of the probable Preakness starters:

Preakness probables

Horse

Trainer

Last race

Finish

Big Drama D. Fawkes Swale S. 2nd
Conservative C. McGaughey III Lexington S. 2nd
Flying Private D. Lukas Kentucky Derby 19th
General Quarters T. McCarthy Kentucky Derby 10th
Hull D. Romans Derby Trial 1st
Mine That Bird B. Woolley Kentucky Derby 1st
Musket Man D. Ryan Kentucky Derby 3rd
Papa Clem G. Stute Kentucky Derby 4th
Pioneerof the Nile B. Baffert Kentucky Derby 2nd
Sky Gate B. Meehan Southwell Maiden 1st
Take the Points T. Pletcher Santa Anita Derby 4th
Terrain A. Stall Jr. Blue Grass S. 4th
Tone It Down W. Komlo Tesio S. 3rd

If Mine That Bird goes off favored in Preakness betting, he’ll be a lukewarm choice at best. Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile, winner of four straight graded events on the West Coast prior to the Derby, will receive plenty of support. Others expected to be well-backed include Derby third and fourth-place finishers Musket Man and Papa Clem. New shooters Hull and Mr. Fantasy will add quality front-end speed to this second jewel of Triple Crown betting.

Check back next week for a Preakness update and other thoroughbred horse racing news and views. Until then, happy gambling!

Pete Mitchell has been handicapping horses since his teenage years. He has been a professional horse player for many years, and came to betonline.com’s attention through multiple referrals from industry insiders/sportsbook owners. Pete is revered for his horse handicapping opinion and industry experts acknowledge his impressive career winning record. Thoughts or questions?

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