Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes Tips & 2018 Betting Predictions


DateSaturday May 18, 2019
TrackPimlico Racecourse
Distance1900m
ClassGroup 1
Race TypeSet weights
Prize money$1.5 million
Age3YO

Odds on favourites have failed to win the last two Preakness Stakes.

The Preakness Stakes is a Group 1 held at Pimlico in Maryland and is the second leg of the US Triple Crown. 

With attendance records sitting only behind the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes attracts bettors from all over the world both on and off the track. 

Bettors invest heavily in the Preakness Stakes and with the top US three-year-old stars on show, it doesn't get much bigger than this.
 

Preakness Stakes betting selections and tips


We will have expert tips for the Preakness Stakes available when the final-field markets are released by bookmakers.

2019 Preakness Stakes betting program


Featuring on the card is not only the Preakness Stakes but also the Group 2 Dixie Stakes and Group 3 Maryland Sprint Handicap.

Race
2017 Winner
Chick Lang StakesRecruiting Ready
Gallorette HandicapCambodia
Dixie StakesWorld Approval
Preakness StakesCloud Computing
Maryland Sprint HandicapWhitmore
Sir Barton StakesNo Mo Dough
The Very One StakesEverything Lovely

Preakness Stakes history


The Preakness Stakes came two years before the Kentucky Derby was introduced and would later become the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Pimlico hosted its first spring race meeting in 1873 and the Preakness Stakes was the highlight race on the card.

It is a three-year-old race which was named after a famous racing stables in New Jersey and the first race drew seven runners with three-year-old Survivor taking home the $2,050 prize.

He scored by 10 lengths and his record was beaten only by Smarty Jones in 2004.

The Preakness Stakes has been moved to different tracks around the US. Morris Park Racecourse in New York and Gravesend Race Track in New York were both used. 

Due to being the second race of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby winner is usually on hand to excite the crowd and keep the hopes up that a Triple Crown winner could run at Belmont Park in June.

Run two weeks after the Derby, the Preakness Stakes is a drop-back in distance from the Kentucky Derby.

Colts and fillies then have to make the big rise up in distance for the Belmont Stakes but it's uncommon for the Derby participants to bypass the Preakness. 

R. Wyndham Walden trained seven Preakness Stakes winners.

Jockey Eddie Arcaro won six times with his last winner coming when he rode Bold Ruler to victory. 

Past winners of the Preakness Stakes include American Pharoah, Secretariat and Charismatic, all much-loved thoroughbreds in the industry.

Preakness Stakes betting guide


The Preakness Stakes differs on the betting scale as opposed to the Kentucky Derby. 

The Derby is usually a wide-open betting affair but the Preakness Stakes' market is dominated by the Derby winner. 

2017 Derby winner Always Dreaming was the $1.85 favourite to win but finished well behind Cloud Computing which scored at odds of $13. 

A similar result came in 2016 with Derby winner Nyquist falling at odds of $1.60 to Exaggerator, which handled the tough conditions best to pay $4. 

American Pharoah was able to complete the double in 2015 and punters launched into the $1.60 on offer from bookmakers, which was one of the shortest-priced winners in recent history.

California Chrome paid $1.60 when winning in 2014 and that price would later be matched by American Pharoah a year later.

Double-figure winners aren't hard to come by in the Preakness Stakes and with all the money being placed on the favourite.

Bettors can get great odds for quality thoroughbreds and they should look for the runners that were good in behind the Kentucky Derby winner.

Preakness Stakes betting trends


Only three of the 16 Preakness Stakes winners have paid more than $8.80 to win. Shackleford, Bernadini and Oxbow all paid $27.20 or higher, which shows how wide-open this race can be.

The Preakness Stakes favourite has won 13 of the 32 races and the second favourite has won nine from the last 32. 

The favourite has won 72 of the last 142 Preakness Stakes, which is a good record overall.

Bob Baffert has a great record in the Preakness Stakes. The world famous trainer has won the Preakness Stakes on six occasions.

Todd Pletcher has failed to win the race from nine attempts, including Always Dreaming in 2017, despite his success in other major races in the US.

Since 1997, 10 of the 20 Kentucky Derby winners have won the Preakness Stakes. 

Past Preakness Stakes winners


Year
Winner
2018Justify
2017Cloud Computing
2016Exaggerator
2015American Pharoah
2014California Chrome
2013Oxbow
2012I'll Have Another
2011Shackleford
2010Lookin At Lucy
2009Rachel Alexander
2008Big Brown
2007Curlin
2006Bernadini
2005Afleet Alex
2004Smarty Jones
2003Funny Cide
2002War Emblem
2001Point Given
2000Red Bullet
1999Charismatic
1998Real Quiet
1997Silver Charm
1996Louis Quatorze
1995Timber Country
1994Tabasco Cat
1993Prairie Bayou
1992Pine Bluff
1991Hansel
1990Summer Squall
1989Sunday Silence
1988Risen Star