Preakness Stakes 2016
May 21, 2016
Saturday is going to bring about the second leg of the Triple Crown. As can be expected the fan favorite and the horse that is favored by the oddsmakers is going to be Nyquist. The good news is Nyquist did put in a good position and managed to draw the 3rd starting gate. With that being said, it will be interesting to see if Nyquist can taken advantage of that and work his way to the inside post rather quickly or if he will be hanging towards the outside.
The main challenger that Nyquist is going to be the horse that pulled in second in the Kentucky Derby. That horse is none other than Exaggerator. What is interesting is the always what if contingent that is saying if Exaggerator had managed to have just a little bit more distance in the race if he would have ran Nyquist down or not, but that is in the past.
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Exaggerator is not the only entrant along with Nyquist that ran in the first leg of the Triple Crown as Lani also ran, but Lani is not even favored to show. With that being the case, the other 8 horses that are in the running for the Preakness are going to come in very fresh, but without having to face off against any of the other competitors from the Derby. So this could give the horses that are in the second leg of the Triple Crown a challenge they were not expecting.
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2016 Preakness Stakes Entries, Jockey, & Trainer
Cherry Wine (KY)
C J Lanerie
D L Romans
Uncle Lino (KY)
F H Perez
D F O'Neill
Awesome Speed (KY)
A E Goldberg
K J Desormeaux
J K Desormeaux
E J Guillot
Abiding Star (FL)
J D Acosta
E T Allard
M E Casse
J R Velazquez
T A Pletcher
2016 Preakness Stakes Predicted Order of Finish
1st Place: #5 Exaggerator (3/1) - Only horse that was even a threat to the dominating win by Nyquist in the Kentucky Derby. Even better the weather forecast is calling for rain, biggest victory was in the Santa Anita Derby slop. Hopefully will get 4-1 or greater win odds on Exaggerator.
2nd Place: #1 Cherry Wine (20/1) - The impressive slop performance as 2 year gives us hope that this closer will show big improve with rain in the forecast. Add in that we have this a much faster run race than the Kentucky Derby which has Nyquist tiring late and falling to third.
3rd Place: #3 Nyquist (3/5) - Kentucky Derby was slow run race but Preakness Stakes has ton more speed and will force Nyquist to run harder early and cost the connections late. Add in the forecast of rain and think you have to play against the heavy favorite Kentucky Derby Champion.
Winning Wager for 2016 Preakness Stakes
$100 Win/Place: #5 Exaggerator
$5 Exacta Box: #5 Exaggerator, #1 Cherry Wine, and #3 Nyquist
$1 Trifecta Wheel: #5 Exaggerator, #3 Nyquist, #1 Cherry Wine with #1 Cherry Wine, #3 Nyquist, #5 Exaggerator, with ALL