Preakness Odds 2012: Betting Guide to Favorites and Contenders

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Preakness Odds 2012: Betting Guide to Favorites and Contenders
I'll Have Another (photo via bloodhorse.com)

The 137th Preakness Stakes is less than two days away, and by now you either have your mind made up about who you think should win or at the very least have a short list of probable winners.

The $1 million Preakness will be the 11th race on a 13-race card that begins at 10:30 a.m. ET. Post time for the Preakness is listed as 6:18 p.m. ET, and it will be televised live by NBC as part of a two-hour telecast beginning at 4:30 p.m. ET.

Just two weeks after the exciting rundown of Bodemeister by I'll Have Another at the Kentucky Derby, we'll get a second chance to do it all over again and watch one of the most anticipated rematches in recent years.

When you talk to the horse racing fans, it seems like the Derby winner was Bodemeister and not I'll Have Another. It's not often that we see the Derby runner-up praised more on defeat than the actual winner.

Justified? Not from my point of view. Bodemeister's effort was a remarkable one and worthy of praise, but that is the way horse racing is, and I'll Have Another was the best then and should have been praised as such.

Bodemeister is the favorite heading into the Preakness, and, certainly, he has everything going his way. There is virtually no speed challenge for him, and considering how he disposed of the opposition at the Arkansas Derby when he slowed the pace down, it looks like he will win on a runaway.

There are some other runners not named I'll Have Another that have as much chance, though. So before you make your bet on Saturday, take a look at the following betting guide to the favorites and contenders for Saturday's Preakness Stakes.

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