Chris Woods Jockey: Early Preakness Notes

Chris WoodsContributor IMay 13, 2009

BALTIMORE - MAY 17: Jockey Kent Desormeaux riding Big Brown approaches finish line to win the 133rd Preakness Stakes on May 17, 2008 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

Before you start placing bets on the Preakness Stakes, you must do some statistical research on every Preakness Stakes hopeful. Anticipating promising bets from such information is known as "horse handicapping," a worthwhile procedure that presents you with factual information as to which horses are the most likely to win.

Pioneerof the Nile, one of the favorites to win the Kentucky Derby, has been a strong horse lately. Before his second-place running at Churchill Downs, he had won four straight races at California synthetic tracks (Santa Anita and Hollywood Park).

Pioneerof the Nile was confirmed for Pimlico—also a dirt track—this week after turning in solid practice runs at Churchill Downs on Monday. Bob Baffert expressed to the Preakness official Web site that the Derby run did not have any lingering effects on his trainee.

Predictions as of now:

Big Drama 18-1
Flying Private 20-1
General Quarters 9-1
Luv Gov 30-1
Mine That Bird 5-1
Musket Man 8-1
Papa Clem 8-1
Pioneerof The Nile 15-4
Rachel Alexandra 9-5
Take The Points 22-1
Terrain 25-1
Tone It Down 30-1