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2012 Preakness Stakes Lines / Free Betting Prediction

The 137th Preakness Stakes Gambling Preview

The 137th running of the Preakness Stakes, which is the second jewel in the Triple Crown racing series, is set for this Saturday afternoon at Pimlico Racetrack in Baltimore with a post time of 6:05 p.m. (ET). The race will be broadcast nationally on NBC.

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Right now it appears that the final field for this year’s Preakness will consist of 12 of the top three-year thoroughbreds, which will navigate their way around a 1 3/16 mile dirt track for a share of the total prize purse of $1 million.

The following is a brief look at our top favorite, contender, and longshot for Saturday’s race.

Favorite- Bodemeister 3/1

This three-year old colt went off as a 4/1 favorite to win the Kentucky Derby and fell short by a length and half after getting passed down the stretch by I’ll Have Another. Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, look for Bodemeister to run a more conservative race this Saturday after almost going wire-to-wire in the Derby.

The amazing this about this horse is he did not race competitively as a two-year old.

He took second in grade II San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita in early March in his first major stakes race as a three-year old and followed that up with an impressive victory in the grade I Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn in mid-April.

While the crowd will be solidly behind I’ll Have Another to get one step closer to the elusive Triple Crown with a win, Smith will be sure to not let this race get away from Bodemeister as well.

Contender- Creative Cause 8/1

This three-year old colt established himself as a legitimate contender to win the Preakness by showing some amazing closing speed in the Kentucky Derby to finish a very respectable fifth.

He is trained by Mike Harrington and ridden by Joel Rosario and opened the 2012 season with a victory in the San Felipe Stakes followed by a second-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby to secure his rightful place as a Triple Crown contender.

This followed a very impressive two-year old campaign which included a victory in the grade I Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita and a third-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Churchill Downs.

Longshot- Daddy Nose Best 20/1

This colt earned a place in this year’s Derby field with a pair of victories in the grade III El Camino Real Derby on Feb.18 at Golden Gate and the grade III Sunland Derby at Sunland Park in late March. Starting from the 10th post at Churchill, Daddy Nose Best made a valiant run through the first turn but got caught up in the pack down the stretch to finish 10th in the Kentucky Derby.

Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Julien Leparoux, this horse’s overall resume offers some tremendous value in his current odds to steal the show this Saturday at Pimlico.

Updated Preakness Odds

Bodemeister +250
Cozzetti +2500
Creative Cause +600
Daddy Nose Best +1500
Ill Have Another +250
Optimizer +2500
Pretension +2500
Teeth of the Dog +1500
Tiger Walk +2000
Went The Day Well +600
Zetterholm +2500

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