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The Middle Jewel

Posted by Brian Mulligan on 5/7/2013 7:17:04 PM

Good things come to those who wait and the Kentucky Derby winning trainer Shug McGaughey waited a long time to be in the spotlight but online sports betting site players can’t underestimate his charge Orb going to the second jewel on the Triple Crown.

Orb came out of the Derby in fine shape and will be a handful if he can maintain his form.

It was only the second time McGaughey brought a horse to the Kentucky Derby and he is not a household name but those in the industry respect him immensely.

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 they days dwindle toward the May 18 Preakness, 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 betting sites 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 although that is a misconception.

One thing sportsbook 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.

Last year, I’ll Have Another sat fourth early, about 3 and a half lengths off the pace, before rallying in time to get up by a neck with a 109 Beyer.

Need more, consider this web gems from the past by a true star in the business named 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.”

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