The 141st running of the Preakness will be held on Saturday with an amazingly low 3-to-5 line for Nyquist, who is shooting for his second Triple Crown win. He starts from the number 3 position. The second favorite and Kentucky Derby runner-up, Exaggerator, comes from the 5 position. Most experts feel that these two horses have the only chance to win the Preakness.
The only other horse that also ran in the Derby is #6, Lani, with huge 30:1 odds. The erratic Japanese horse finished 9th in the Derby. The other eight runners in Saturday's Preakness were all kept out of the Kentucky Derby - and there are a couple of interesting well-trained horses in the group. Maybe as important will be the weather - keep your eye on the sky as rain is predicted which could add a wild card to the race!
Best Horses: #3 (3:5) Nyquist and #5 (3:1) Exaggerator. Nyquist won the Derby by running a great race and received the due credit that comes with it; however, Exaggerator was also strong and demonstrated that he can compete with Nyquist. Exaggerator is a deep closer and likely will pose the only challenge to Nyquist, but Kent Desormeaux will need to move him forward much earlier this time. In my mind it's a toss-up between these two horses.
Long-shot: #6 (30:1) Lani. This is my long-shot in the Preakness Stakes field. Lani is truly a loose cannon and deservedly earned that reputation at Churchill Downs. He put on a show during most of the week and was politely called 'overly excited' – for example, when the horses were called to the post for the Derby, Lani was blinded and separated from the others in the paddock. He was very skittish on the track, but he’s a gifted horse who could completely fool everyone --- and he even has the potential to win the race… want a super long-shot - they try a wager on Lani!