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Online Preakness Betting - Preparing for the Second Jewel

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 5/9/2012 2:32:15 PM

The Preakness Stakes must feel the betting online horror of middle child syndrome as middle children often have the sense of not belonging, they fight to receive attention from anybody and they feel like they are being ignored, which drives their insecurity.

But the second jewel of the Triple Crown has come out of that phobia in the last few years and has become a true gem.

In the last several seasons, the Preakness has been an inspirational race of courage, agility, joy, triumph and loss and it has also become quite an attraction

The Preakness is run at a 16th of a mile shorter then the Derby but it was not always like that.

It has been run at 7 different distances over the decades from a mile to a mile and a half. And it has not always been the 2nd leg in the Triple Crown.

Eleven times, the Preakness was run before the Derby, and 11 times the Belmont Stakes was run prior to the Preakness. And the Derby and Preakness was run on the same day twice. For about the last 75 years, the Derby, Preakness, Belmont has been carded in that sequence.

As the days dwindle toward the Preakness betting, and it will be here before you know it, try to get a handle on how the runners are handling the ship to Maryland after the grueling Derby and once again, think pace in Baltimore and don’t get caught up in the hype.

From Day One, this classic has always been about quality. Sir Barton, the first Triple Crown winner, proved to be one tough cookie as he won the Preakness just 4 days after taking the Kentucky Derby.

The roaring 20s, that’s right, with prohibition, speakeasies and Al Capone all wrapped into one, started the decade that saw Man O’ War prove prompt chalk in the second jewel.

It was 10 years later when Gallant Fox strode into town and walked away with a three quarter of a length win on his way to Triple Crown glory. War Admiral performed the same feat as the 30s wound down but Whirlaway picked up the torch in 1941 on this way to racing history.

The game’s first millionaire, Citation, took the 1948 renewal of the Preakness and the long-fused Carry Back hit a home run responding like Roger Maris in 1961 and electrified the crowd with a sizzling late charge to victory.

Handicapping this year’s Preakness and isolating the winner presents the usual challenge and be careful before just assuming a bias or sharp turns will favor a particular runner. Like the Derby, it is not easy to go wire to wire in Baltimore but the track still has a speed bias feel attached to it.

Horses that are battle tested do well in all the classic races and when betting the gimmicks, think long and hard about throwing in some of the locals as minor players in the ticket. Don’t forget to monitor the recent winners at Pimlico to gauge current winning styles and don’t get caught up in the hype but use sound handicapping principles before pulling the trigger.

One thing bettors will likely hear time and time again before this year’s Preakness is that the Pimlico surface is speed conducive and you have to be near the lead to succeed. But that is not always the case.

Only about 18% of the winners in the history of the race have taken them flag fall to that’s all so don’t quickly buy into the myth about the sharp turns and the Baltimore highway.

Need more, consider these web gems from the past by some stars in the business including Gary Stevens before he went on to take the 2001 edition with Point Given.
Stevens: “ That’s a fallacy. It’s like an old wives’ tale that Old Hilltop is a speed racetrack. Every year I’ve got to go through the same thing, that Pimlico is a speed track. Basically, the horses run the exact same style at Baltimore as they do in the Kentucky Derby. It’s not a speed-favoring racetrack. It’s a fair racetrack and I think if you get your horse position where it belongs, then you’ve got a shot. But people who go in there with the attitude that it’s a speed racetrack and try and change a horse’s style, they’re making a major mistake…. you’ve got no chance.”

Point Given’s trainer Bob Baffert also chimed in, Baffert: “The only horse I ever saw that got out there and really coasted was Louis Quatorze. Other than that, I’ve never seen it that way.”

The winner this year will likely have the ability to sit within striking distance of the leader, definitely be in the first flight with the a talent to quicken easily, bring some semblance of experience to the party so that he can adjust and overcome adversity if need be and have the innate ability to post a Beyer figure between 107 and 114.

Good luck and enjoy the hidden jewel of the Triple Crown on the best sports betting sites.


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