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2023 Preakness Stakes Tips - Odds, draw and predictions

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19 May 2023
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Jon Vine 19 May 2023
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  • Free betting guide to the 2023 Preakness Stakes
  • This US Classic will take place at Pimlico Racecourse on Saturday 20th May
  • National Treasure is our best bet at 6/1
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Early Voting crosses the finish line to win the 147th Running of the Preakness Stakes. (Getty)
    Contents
  • 2023 Preakness Stakes Odds
  • 2023 Preakness Stakes Runners
  • 2023 Preakness Stakes Draw
  • 2023 Preakness Stakes Tips
  • Live Stream

Two weeks after the Kentucky Derby has been run at Churchill Downs, many of US horse racing's best three-year-olds will clash again in the Preakness Stakes. The Preakness Stakes is the middle leg of the US Triple Crown, and Saturday's favourite remains on course to complete that historic treble.

We've taken a look through the confirmed field for the Preakness Stakes and picked out our best betting tips.

2023 Preakness Stakes Odds


Name
Odds
Mage5/4
First Mission11/4
National Treasure6/1
Blazing Sevens10/1
Bar20/1

2023 Preakness Stakes Runners


Leading the way in the betting is Kentucky Derby winner Mage. Gustavo Delgado's star landed that Classic on just his fourth look at a racecourse and could secure the second leg of the Triple Crown on Saturday night.

Brad Cox will be represented by First Mission, who looked good when winning a Group Three on his most recent outing. National Treasure runs for Bob Baffert, with fellow Group-One placed Blazing Sevens representing two-time Preakness winner Chad Brown.

There's then a decent gap in the market until we reach the hat-trick-seeking Perform. Red Route One jumps back up to Group One company. Chase The Chaos and Coffeewithchris round off the field.

2023 Preakness Stakes Draw


Stall
Name
1National Treasure
2Chase The Chaos
3Mage
4Coffeewithchris
5Red Route One
6Perform
7Blazing Sevens
8First Mission

2023 Preakness Stakes Tips


Despite being one of the more lightly-raced runners in the field, Mage ran out a hugely impressive winner of the Kentucky Derby. If Gustavo Delgado's star has improved again for that Classic victory, then he should have this field covered. However, the 15-day turnaround has to be a worry for a horse with such little experience and I'm inclined to take Mage on with an alternative.

Bob Baffert needs one more victory to become the solo winning-most trainer of the Preakness Stakes and I'm delighted to see the blinkers back on NATIONAL TREASURE.

Baffert's star wore blinkers when he won on debut last season and again at the Breeders' Cup, where National Treasure wasn't beaten far when third to Forte in the Juvenile. 

Baffert has removed the headgear for both of National Treasure's three-year-old starts and neither has gone entirely to plan. John Velazquez's mount was beaten at odds-on on his reappearance in the Sham Stakes, where the favourite ran on well to finish third having met trouble in running. National Treasure then got a little outpaced on his most recent start in the Santa Anita Derby, but galloped right through the line to finish three lengths adrift of Practical Move in fourth.

This step up in distance should suit and I'm hoping Valezquez will give National Treasure a positive ride from stall one. If Blinkers have the desired effect again, then National Treasure could cause a minor upset.

Live Stream


If you plan on watching this Classic via a mobile or tablet, then check out our Preakness Stakes Live Stream page.

Verdict

We're taking Mage on with National Treasure in the 2023 Preakness Stakes.

2023 Preakness Stakes Tips: National Treasure Straight Win @6/1 at bet365 - 15 Units
National Treasure
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