While there is only one favorite to win the Preakness Stakes, there are plenty of other contenders capable of winning the prestigious race.
After winning the Kentucky Derby, most will expect Orb to continue its quest for the Triple Crown by also winning at Pimlico. However, at this stage a victory will only produce an even payout to those that bet on him.
Instead of placing money on the overwhelming favorite who might not win, you could get better value by picking another competitor that will bring back more money.
In this small field, these are the horses that would be the smartest value bets for the Preakness Stakes.
|1||Orb||Joel Rosario ||
Shug McGaughey ||1/1|
Goldencents ||Kevin Krigger ||Doug O’Neill ||8/1|
|3||Titletown Five||Julien Leparoux||D. Wayne Lukas||30/1|
|4||Departing||Brian Hernandez Jr||Albert M. Stall, Jr||6/1|
|5||Mylute||Rosie Napravnik||Tom Amoss||5/1|
|6||Oxbow||Gary Stevens||D. Wayne Lukas||15/1|
|7||Will Take Charge||Mike Smith||D. Wayne Lukas||12/1|
|8||Govenor Charlie||Martin Garcia||Bob Baffert||12/1|
|9||Itsmyluckyday||John Velazquez||Eddie Plesa Jr.||10/1|
*Morning line via KY Derby Contenders Twitter feed.
No. 2 Goldencents (8-1)
After coming into the Kentucky Derby as one of the top contenders, Goldencents had an incredibly disappointing performance by finishing in 17th place. Some of this can be placed on the muddy course that caused some experienced horses to stumble.
With this poor showing behind him, the horse has what it takes to come back with a stronger performance at the Preakness.
The Santa Anita Derby winner is a fast starter who likes to get into good position early and stay in front. With the No. 2 post, Goldencents can get to the rail early on and possibly force Orb to take a much longer route to victory.
As long as the track stays dry, the talented horse should be a tough challenger in this one.
No. 6 Oxbow (15-1)
Oxbow has one of the more experienced teams in the field helping him succeed. Jockey Gary Stevens and trainer D. Wayne Lukas are both in the Hall of Fame, and each has won the Preakness Stakes in the past.
After a solid showing at Churchill Downs when he finished in sixth place, the horse is ready to keep the momentum going by performing well at Pimlico.
Also, the No. 6 position has been something of a good-luck charm over the years. Since 1909, 15 winners have come from that post, which is the most of all time.
This could be the difference in this highly competitive race.
No. 8 Govenor Charlie (12-1)
Competing in two major races in a two week span is tough for any horse, even the best ones in the world. This will give an advantage to those competitors who missed the Kentucky Derby.
Govenor Charlie is the best horse in this group. He qualified for the derby but was unable to compete due to a foot injury. Now, he is ready to make up for it as one of the freshest contenders in the field.
Of course, the horse is also incredibly inexperienced with only three career starts. Still, it showed great pure speed at the Sunland Derby when it beat a tough field in March.
Trainer Bob Baffert is looking to win his fifth career Preakness Stakes, and his expertise should make Govenor Charlie as good of a contender as anyone in this field.