Preakness Picks 2019: Vegas Odds and Predictions Heading into Post-Position Draw

Jake RillCorrespondent IIIMay 15, 2019

A horse warms up, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled to take place Saturday, May 18. (AP Photo/Will Newton)
Will Newton/Associated Press

The Kentucky Derby isn't the only thrilling, high-stakes horse race to take place this time of year. On Saturday, the Preakness will showcase some top horses in what is shaping up to be a competitive field.

The post-position draw will take place for the Preakness on Wednesday evening. It's one of the final steps before race day at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

Here's everything to know about this year's Preakness ahead of the draw and race.

          

Entry List and Odds

Improbable 2-1

War of Will 3-1 

Bourbon War 8-1 

Alwaysmining 8-1 

Owendale 11-1

Anothertwistafate 11-1 

Win Win Win 12-1 

Signalman 16-1 

Warrior's Charge 16-1 

Bodexpress 16-1 

Laughing Fox 25-1

Market King 33-1

Odds via Oddschecker

          

Predictions

There are reasons why Improbable is the early betting favorite for this year's Preakness, and those are going to translate into a win.

Improbable was trained by the legendary Bob Baffert, who has won the Preakness seven times, including with Triple Crown winners Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015). Baffert has trained some of racing's most illustrious horses in recent years.

Improbable had a strong showing in the Kentucky Derby, placing fourth as the highest finisher of Baffert's three horses. None of the three horses that finished above Improbable (Country House, Code of Honor, Tacitus) are participating in the Preakness.

Improbable has been practicing at Churchill Downs, the site of the Kentucky Derby, over the past several days and appears ready to make a run at a Preakness win.

"He galloped a very light mile," said Jimmy Barnes, Baffert's top assistant, according to WBAL-TV. "We're ready to go."

War of Will and Win Win Win also had solid Kentucky Derby showings and should be near the front at the Preakness.

However, Improbable appears to be the strongest horse in the field.

There's also a chance of precipitation for Saturday, which could create similar race conditions as the Kentucky Derby. That could help Improbable, as it gained experience in the rain earlier this month.

"He still looks really healthy, which is what you want to see this time of year," Baffert told reporters. "We don't want to embarrass ourselves. He just needs to get away [from the gate] better. For a horse with as much natural speed as he has, he has trouble getting going. For some reason, the first hundred yards, he scrambles a little bit."

Expect Improbable to pull away for the victory late in the race.

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