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Betting On The Preakness -Baltimore Bullets

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 5/14/2012 3:27:49 PM

This year’s Preakness on Saturday is coming up almost as exciting as the old school online betting match-ups between the New York Knicks and the Baltimore Bullets and online players need to pay attention to detail as the race approaches.

Take a look at some of the facts about the Preakness over the decades.

Derby winners the last 10 years have more than held up well at the Preakness. Only 2 on the last 10 Derby winners failed to run in the money next out in the Preakness. Barbaro, of course, did not finish when injured and Super Saver in 2010 ran a disappointing 8th.

Four of those recent Derby winners cashed in the Second Jewel; the last was Big Brown in 2008. And 8 of the last 10 Derby heroes went favored in the Preakness, but that may change this year if Bodemeister does start.

Skipping the Derby and going right into the Preakness has not been a great angle over the years. Starting in 1970, only 7 runners were able to pull off that feat.

Bee Bee Bee did it in 1972, three runners did it in the 1980s, Red Bullet won the 2000 running after skipping the party at Churchill and three years ago Rachel Alexandra cashed in the Preakness after passing on Derby glory.

The way to address the ‘new shooters’ in the Preakness in the last decade has been to isolate them in the exotic and hope to get lucky. The best sportsbook online  ‘new shooters’ have been in the trifecta in 9 of the last 10 years and in the exacta in 8 of the last 10.

This could be a nice way to approach the classic this year.

The last Derby second finisher to win the Preakness was Prairie Bayou way back in 1993. The last show horse to win the Preakness was Curlin in 2007. And the rare Derby trifecta that repeated in the Preakness happened the last time we have a Triple Crown winner in 1978 when Affirmed, Alydar, Believe It clicked right back in that order in Baltimore.

Early speed, or in this case, the half-mile leaders, in the last 4 years has been a mixed bag of results. In 2008 Gayego had the lead at the half but folded his cards to finish 11th.

The next year Rachel Alexandra just kept going to victory after leading at the half. In 2010 First Dude ran well when leading at the half but had to settle for second and last year Flashpoint flashed to the lead at the half but needed a taxi cab home when finishing 14th.

Drawing the rail has not been the place to be for years in the Preakness. The last horse to run in the exacta after drawing post one was Tabasco Cat in 1994, when he pulled off the victory.

Lastly, chalk has dominated the Preakness over the decades. Favorites are 70 for 136 in this classic for a gaudy figure of 51% and odds-on choices popped at 64% in the Preakness.

Remember, keep these trends in mind, but try to block everything else out and concentrate on the field.

The Preakness betting pick will be published later in the week.

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