2019 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds, Picks: Which Dark Horses Can Test Improbable?


Mitch Stringer, USA Today Sports.

May 18, 2019, 05:28 PM EDT
  • The 2019 Preakness Stakes will begin on Saturday, May 17 at 6:48 p.m. ET at Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Improbable is the betting favorite to win the race, but Adam Staple has his eye on a few longshots to upset the odds.

All the absurdity and ridiculousness surrounding the 2019 Kentucky Derby has made this year’s Preakness Stakes a bit of an afterthought among casual sports fans.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that madness begets more madness in horse racing. The Preakness field is 13 horses deep and features nine new shooters. There are plenty of live longshots that can hit the board and provide big payouts at Pimlico today.

The most exciting part of today’s racing is the $2 million guaranteed 50-cent Pick 4 covering Races 10 through 13 (The Preakness).

Even though the Preakness is the last leg of the Pick 4, it’s still the reason most of you are here. So let’s start there and see if we can make sense of what figures to be a wide-open race.

2019 Preakness Stakes Odds

No. 1: War of Will (4-1)
No. 2: Bourbon War (12-1)
No. 3: Warrior’s Charge (12-1)
No. 4: Improbable (5-2)
No. 5: Owendale (10-1)
No. 6: Market King (30-1)
No. 7: Alwaysmining (8-1)
No. 8: Signalman (30-1)
No. 9: Bodexpress (20-1)
No. 10: Everfast (50-1)
No. 11: Laughing Fox (20-1)
No. 12: Anothertwistafate (6-1)
No. 13: Win Win Win (15-1)

2019 Preakness Stakes Betting Analysis

It’s pretty obvious that everybody will be looking at No. 4 Improbable (5-2) here. Bob Baffert’s horse is incredibly consistent. Even with all the trouble that unfolded in front of him at the Derby, Improbable still ran an even race.

That being said, he always seems to come up just short of what he needs to do to get the win. He’s got the potential to win any race he’s entered in, but something about him makes you want to look elsewhere for a winner. You shouldn’t throw him out completely, as he is the class of a very mediocre group, but there’s plenty of opportunities for other horses to steal the race from Improbable.

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