Preakness Odds 2012: Best Bang for Your Buck in 11-Horse Field

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 18, 2012

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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The only way you'll make money betting on Preakness favorites Bodemeister or I'll Have Another is by risking a ton of money.

According to, Bodemeister is the favorite at 8-5 and I'll Have Another is a close second at 5-2 for the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.

The top two horses in the Run for the Roses are the overwhelming favorites in the 11-horse field at Pimlico on Saturday. Should neither of them win, it would be a huge surprise.

So with that in mind, which horses are worth taking a flier on? Which horses offer the best bang for your buck? 

Let's take a look.

Creative Cause (6-1)

The fifth-place finisher at the Derby, Creative Cause gets another shot at winning a leg of the Triple Crown and will break from the sixth post.

That is just on the inside of favorite Bodemeister and it could affect the horse in one of two ways. One, he gets lost with dirt kicked in his face and fades back early. Two, Creative Cause follows him out early, and jockey Joel Rosario tempers his speed just enough to keep him for a potential kick, and runs into the money or possibly a win.

At 6-1 you can't really complain considering the prices the favorites offer.

Daddy Nose Best (15-1)

Another Derby holdover, Daddy Nose Best lines up in post No. 8 between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another.

He's 15-1 for a reason and is likely to get lost between the two favorites early in this race.

But if he finds a way to ride with I'll Have Another and then sneaks into the money he'll sweeten any exotic bet.

Daddy Nose Best isn't a great bet to win, but if he finds it himself to rise to the occasion, he could run into the money.

Teeth of the Dog (15-1)

With Joe Bravo on board anything is possible for this son of Bluegrass Cat. He'll break from the No. 2 post, but there aren't a ton of contenders running with him from the No. 1-4 spots.

If Teeth of the Dog can get away from the back end of the pack he could make a surprising run into the money.

At 15-1 he offers a fair sweetener to any exotic play.