2012 Preakness Stakes: Long Shots Who'll Turn Bettors Huge Profits
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There is money to be made at the Preakness because this year's grand race is ripe for some long shots to gallop their way into the money.
I'll Have Another and Bodemeister are the overwhelming favorites in this race, but it is not going to be shocking if neither one of those horses horses won this race and, to be honest, I'd be shocked if they both finished in the money.
That paves the way for the rest of the horses to sneak in and make a big splash, and some big bucks for those who bet on them.
*Odds via AllHorseRacing.com.
Went the Day Well, 12/1
Went the Day well was impressive in his run at the Kentucky Derby. He finished just out of the money in fourth, but you have to look at the whole story to understand his potential.
This horse clipped heels with another coming out of the gate and got caught up in a bit of bumping moving over to the rail. This left him in a hole right from the beginning.
Once he steadied, he was fantastic, and he showed a great kick coming down the stretch.
Went the Day Well will not have the same problems with traffic here. This field is checks in at nine horses fewer than the Derby. With more space to run, this horse will be able to let his speed show.
Tiger Walk, 20/1
Will Tiger Walk finish in the money?
This is an intriguing horse. While there isn't a whole to suggest he can win, there is the chance you might catch lightning in a bottle.
While Tiger Walk did not race in the Kentucky Derby, he has experience against top horse, and has acquitted himself nicely. His last time out, he was just out of the money behind two horses who were in the Derby, Gemologist and Alpha, and a horse in the Preakness, Teeth of the Dog.
So this horse was not that far off, and he did so despite have problems being skittish. To help with this and try to improve his focus, Tiger Walk will wear blinders for the first time.
Maybe this will be just what this horse needs.
Will Zetterholm finish in the money?
This is the most intriguing horse in the field. The Preakness is a big jump in in competition, but there are plenty of reasons to think he is ready for it.
Zetterholm has won his last three starts. Those races were a maiden, an allowance and a New York-bred stake race.
There is something to be said about the will to win and this horse has it. This is a horse that is getting better with age. He just may be ready to make a huge splash on the biggest stage of his racing career.
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