2016 Preakness Stakes Preview and Picks
Looking for 2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks? The Second Jewel of the Triple Crown – the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes goes down this Saturday from Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland. Some of the best three year olds in the land will be out to capture the winner’s share of the $1.5 million purse when they take to Pimlico’s dirt track and race 1 3/16 miles.
Purse: US$1.5 million
11 horses will line up in this year’s Preakness hoping to derail the Triple Crown aspirations of the undefeated Nyquist who impressed yet again last time out in capturing the Kentucky Derby.
Nyquist and the runner-up in that race Exaggerator are back for more and look like the class of the field. Truth be told, the Preakness entries are not nearly as strong as the 20 horses that we saw a couple of weeks ago at Churchill Downs.
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So who should we throw our support behind in this year’s Second Jewel? Let’s break it down.
2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks – Nyquist
The favorite this weekend will be the Eclipse Award winner for 2-year-old-male – the undefeated Doug O’Neill trained Nyquist who is undefeated in his eight race career. Last time out was a relatively easy 1 1/4 length win in the Kentucky Derby and just like all of his races so far, he looked virtually untouchable.
2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks – Exaggerator
His main competition on Saturday figures to be Keith Desormeaux trained Exaggerator who finished second behind Nyquist in the Run for the Roses and has two graded stakes cores in his 10 race career so far. He is 3-1 on the morning line and looms as the one horse that could end Nyquist’s Triple Crown dreams early.
2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks – Stradivari
The competition drops off from there significantly. Lightly raced Stradivari is the third betting choice (8-1) for trainer Todd Pletcher and he has just three career starts – zero against stakes company. Fourth choice Collected who is 10-1 on the morning line may be the best of the rest. He has four wins and a second place finish in six career starts including three stakes wins and looks like an entry that could certainly threaten the favorites.
2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks – Cherry Wine and Uncle Lino
Cherry Wine and Uncle Lino are listed at 20-1 on the morning line – neither has a win in stakes company. Abiding Star, Fellowship, Laoban, Awesome Speed and Japanese bred Lani are all listed at 30-1. It is pretty hard to see any of these entries upsetting the top dogs this weekend.
2016 Preakness Stakes Free Picks – Fellowship
Mark Casse trained Fellowship has raced in graded stakes company four times and has finished third in three straight ahead of this weekend and Abiding Star rides a five race win streak into this weekend (zero graded stakes). They are the most likely to shock the field.
Preakness Stakes Analysis:
It is hard to fathom that one of the two betting favorites won’t emerge victorious this weekend – Nyquist and Exaggerator are the clear favorites for a reason. Nyquist is the pick to win it all – he has handled all that his come his way so far with relative ease – no reason to think differently about this test.
After Nyquist, Exaggerator should be good for second with Collected getting the show spot. It ain’t sexy and it may not be the biggest payday Saturday but the faves should do exactly what most think they will!
Here is the post positions for the 2016 Preakness Stakes, the jockeys assigned to them and the odds that go along with each entry:
1. Cherry Wine Corey Lanerie 20-1
2. Uncle Lino Fernando Perez 20-1
3. Nyquist Mario Gutierrez 3-5
4. Awesome Speed Jevian Toledo 30-1
5. Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux 3-1
6. Lani Yutaka Take 30-1
7. Collected Javier Castellano 10-1
8. Laoban Florent Geroux 30-1
9. Abiding Star J.D. Acosta 30-1
10. Fellowship Jose Lezcano 30-1
11. Stradivari John Velazquez 8-1
Here are the betting 2016 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds & lines according to Bovada Sportsbook.
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