The Preakness and the 2nd Leg of the Triple Crown
By Ray Nelson
Race fans should know that the Preakness Stakes is the Triple Crowns 2nd race with the 1st being the Kentucky Derby and the 3rd and final leg of the TC is the Belmont Stakes.
The 1st Preakness stakes was run back in 1873 and this year’s 2017 edition is the 142nd edition as back in the late1800’s they had a few years in which they did not race. The race length is 9.5 furlongs or 1 3/16’s of a mile, with a purse of at least $1.5 million and is held at the Pimlico race track in Baltimore, Maryland and run on Saturday the 20th of May 2017 with Preakness Post time being 6:45 PM ET.
Many racing fans wonder how horses qualify for this race, and 1st they must know that now the only horse with a chance to win the Triple Crown is the Kentucky Derby Winner. That winner and some of the Derby entries will be entered into the Preakness race, while others will be entered into the Belmont Stakes race. Also, some entries into this Preakness race did not partake in the Kentucky Derby.
The Preakness normally has a limit of 14 entries, and this 2017 season it has been announced that there will only be 11 entries to the Preakness Stakes. All 3 Triple Crown entries must be 3 year old thoroughbred horses, meet the qualification requirements, and the only horse guaranteed an entry is the winner of the preceding Kentucky Derby Race. There are some expensive entry and starter fees of $15,000 each. In addition this year’s entries for geldings and colts will have a 125 pound weight limit, which refers to the Jockey! Remembering that the Preakness race track is only 9 ½ furlongs whereby the Kentucky Derby track was some 10 furlongs, and that can be favorable for horses that are better on shorter tracks.
So the Preakness and this race day gives fans a compete race lineup with the leading thoroughbreds on the planet, plus a day of entertainment for the fans in the infield called the Budweiser Fest that features several entertainers like Sam Hunt, a country artist, and rock band – Good Charlotte from Maryland, as well as the duo for Country Pop – Locash, and pop country group High Valley from Canada.
After the Kentucky Derby the winner Always Dreaming naturally comes into the Preakness as the odds on favorite especially since he ran such a dominate race.
With the favorite being Always Dreaming, the race odds at this time then favor at 11-1 is a multiple stake winning thoroughbred in Irish War Cry. Then we have Classic Empire whom in 2016 was given the title of the Male Horse of the year. Next is Lookin at Lee who finished 2nd in the 2017 Derby. The next favorite is Battle of Midway the 3rd place finisher at Derby. Then comes Cloud Computing who did not enter the Derby, finished 3rd in the Wood Memorial Stakes. Next is Conquest Mo Money who passed up on the Derby, but did run 2nd in the Arkansas Derby last month. The we have Gunnevera who finished 7th at the Derby, followed closely in the odds by Malagacy not entered in Derby but had a 3rd place behind Always Dreaming in Florida Derby. Last but not least in the odds is Practical Joke who placed 5th in the Kentucky Derby.
So Thoroughbred racing fans this 2017 Preakness featuring fewer entries, and a mud free track it will be interesting to see if any of the Derby entries who were unable to win, and the other entries if this may be favorable for the likes of Classic Empire and the other entrants! Thus, we will see you at the race and get your wagers down ASAP!
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