Preakness Stakes 2012: Potential Payouts for Saturday's Winners

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IMay 16, 2012

BALTIMORE, MD - MAY 21:  Jockey Jesus Castanon guides Shackleford #5 (C) out of the fourth turn to win the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on May 21, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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The second leg of the Triple Crown will happen on May 19, and bettors are trying to decide which horses will give them the best payouts. All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another, but there are other horses that you need to keep an eye on as well heading into this weekend.


Went the Day Well

Went the Day Well had a great run at the Kentucky Derby, finishing fourth after rallying from 17th past the halfway point. A slow start by this horse could have derailed a Kentucky Derby win for jockey John Velaquez. If he can get a better start out of the gate, look for Went the Day Well to have a great run to finish and be a challenger for the win.

Bet on Went the Day Well to win now, and don't wait for the odds to get lower. He will be a big contender this weekend and has a shot to bring huge payouts to many bettors.


Creative Cause

The shorter the race, the better the result for Creative Cause. He finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby—which was the first time he finished outside the top three in his racing career—and should be a contender heading into the Preakness.

The Preakness is the shortest of the three Triple Crown races at 9.5 furlongs, compared to 10 furlongs for the Kentucky Derby, which makes Creative Cause a contender. On the final turn of the Derby, Creative Cause was in the mix in third place, but he fell late at the end.

LOUISVILLE, KY - APRIL 30:  Creative Cause is riden on the track during the morning excercise session in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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At 8-1 odds so far, Creative Cause is another great bet for anyone who will be a high roller for this race.



There is a good chance Bodemeister will take the Preakness.

Bodemeister showed us at the Kentucky Derby that he has the speed to win this race. The fast pace that he set was a clear indication that he will be a threat come Preakness time. Bodemeister should be setting the pace again and will be a hard horse to catch.

The one horse that can catch Bodemeister is probably Dullahan, and Dullahan was pulled out of the race in hopes that it will improve the three-year-old's chances of winning. After finishing third at the derby, Dullahan would have been a favorite among bettors at the Preakness, but now it looks like it's Bodemeister's race to lose.


The Preakness should be an exciting race this weekend, and I hope all of your bets win. Good luck!

Note: This article was revised to reflect the fact that Dullahan will not be participating in the Preakness.