Preakness 2012: Top Dark Horses Worth Adding to Your Play

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 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 137th Preakness Stakes brings only a few dominant contenders to Pimlico. We all know about I'll Have Another's push for the Triple Crown and Bodemeister's dominant potential.

And we know that fifth-place finisher Creative Cause is creating some excitement as well.

These three Derby runners, as well as fourth-place Derby finisher Went the Day Well, are the top contenders, according to, and the only horses with single-digit odds.

Here's a look at a few dark horses worth adding to your play.


Teeth of the Dog (20-1)

Son of Bluegrass Cat doesn't have a ton of experience in G1 races, but he's shown he can run with them with his third-place finish at the Wood Memorial.

It is highly unlikely that the money will be filled with top-notch contenders, so if you want to take a shot on someone, Teeth of the Dog is worth a flier.

He's finished in the money in each of his four career races and with Joe Bravo on board, anything is possible.


Tiger Walk (25-1)

The highly-regarded son of Tale of the Cat finished just behind Teeth of the Dog at the Wood Memorial in his last race.

He has shown promise, but he's yet to put it all together.

Landing the one hole doesn't help his chances much, but he's still a horse worth watching.


Pretension (35-1)

Also sired by Bluegrass Cat, Pretension actually won his last outing at Pimlico and could be a surprise runner for money here.

He's been mighty up and down this year, finishing first, fifth, ninth and first in his last four races, but the potential is there.

Again, it is unlikely that the favorites all run extremely well, so it wouldn't be surprising at all if Pretension made a run for the money from the No. 3 post.