Preakness 2012 Odds: Long Shots That Are in Prime Post Positions

Wes ODonnell@wesodonnellFeatured ColumnistMay 19, 2012

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 03: Daddy Nose Best trains on the track in preparation for the 138th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 3, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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I'll Have Another and Bodemeister, the Kentucky Derby winner and runner-up respectively, are the overwhelming favorites in the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.

Honestly, they're the overwhelming favorites with good reason. Only nine other horses will run in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course and only one, possibly two of them, are legitimate contenders.

Of course, anything can happen on race day, so let's take a look at a few long shots with prime post positioning.


Teeth of the Dog (15-1)

Breaking from the No. 2 post with Joe Bravo in the saddle, this son of Bluegrass Cat is the best horse in the first four positions.

Further along the gate the Derby holdovers such as Went the Day Well and Creative Cause run up alongside favorite Bodemeister, but Teeth of the Dog is well inside of them.

If this three-year-old colt can clear Tiger Walk on the rail and get out to, or just behind, the leaders he'll have a chance to run the distance for a money spot.


Daddy Nose Best (15-1)

Breaking from the No. 8 post between Bodemeister and I'll Have Another, Daddy Nose Best will have to rise to the occasion to make the most of his position. However, if he does he'll have a chance to run into some money here. 

Bodemeister is going to break quickly and take the lead while I'll Have Another is going to sit back and pick his spot.  

Daddy Nose Best will have a choice to make immediately as to who he'll follow, but if he plays his cards right he could come along for the ride.


Optimizer (25-1)

Breaking from the No. 10 post isn't ideal, but it does give Optimizer plenty of room to work with. He's far enough outside from Bodemeister that he won't have to get caught up in the early speed and could possibly stalk I'll Have Another just long enough to make a move.

With so few horses in the field, everyone should be able to find enough track to work with, but the shorter distance means it has to happen sooner.