With graduation weekend at Marquette it has been hard to put out my Preakness picks; however, here goes.
Long Shot (30:1) # 10 Optimizer. D. Wayne Lukas is not getting any younger and this isn't his strongest horses, but the Wisconsin connection might come through one last time. Optimizer might be better at the 1 1/2 mile Belmont track, but at 30:1 I wouldn't be surprised that Lukas' gets his 6th Preakness. WPS #10.
Value Pick (6:1) #5 Went the Day Well. This was my long shot in the Derby and finished a strong 4th - another 1/8 mile and Went the Day Well would have been a big payday. I like the trainer and the jockey...and the horse has been improving steadily. This horse should finish up in the money.
Best Horse (8:5) #7 Bodemeister. Baffert says this horse is ready and won't give up the late lead like he did in the Kentucky Derby. Baffert indicates that Bodemesiter has trained well the past two weeks and is ready to go. Like Lukas, Baffert is looking for his 6th Preakness and I think at the end of the day he'll have it.
Nice field for the Preakness and the weather looks fine. Enjoy the races ---- and graduation! Good luck.