The posts have been drawn, the online wagering horse racing odds favour Always Dreaming, and the 142nd running of the Preakness Stakes is this Saturday. Now we play the waiting game… Ah, the waiting game sucks. Let’s play Hungry Hungry Hippos! Or we could see how the different post positions have fared since 1903.
Post positions and online horse race gambling odds to win the Preakness Stakes
- Multiplier +2000. No. 1 has produced 11 winners of the Second Jewel of the Triple Crown, most recently American Pharoah – who actually did win the Triple Crown – in 2015. On the other hand, Pharoah was the first to win from the first post position in over 20 years.
- Cloud Computing +1500. Thirteen horses have won the Preakness Stakes from this position, but none since Snow Chief did it in 1986. Cloud Computing’s jockey Javier Castellano won the 2006 Preakness with Bernardini.
- Hence +1700. The No. 3 position has yielded a dozen winners, including California Chrome in 2014. Like Pharoah, Chrome broke a 20-plus year drought in that position. Hence’s trainer Steve Asmussen is a two-time Preakness Stakes winner; in 2007 with Curlin and 2009 with Rachel Alexandra.
- Always Dreaming -140. This colt is the online horse race gambling odds-on favourite to become the 13th horse to win the Preakness from this particular position. Always Dreaming won the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks ago and is thus the only candidate to win the Triple Crown – and for his chances to do so to remain alive he must prevail at Pimlico Race Course.
- Classic Empire +250. Empire could follow in the hoofsteps of Exaggerator and win the Preakness from this position, but in order to do that he would have to become the first colt to win from the same post position as the previous year’s winner since Hansel and Pine Bluff won from No. 4 in 1991 and 1992, respectively. Classic is the second online wagering horse racing fave to win the race.
- Gunnevera +1000. Gunnie may have just hit the jackpot. The sixth post position has produced the most Preakness Stakes winners since 1903 with 16 – four in the last two decades, as recently as Oxbow in 2013. Gunnevera’s rider Mike E. Smith won the Preakness 20 years prior to that with Prairie Bayou.
- Term of Art +3000. The cabalistic number seven has produced another cabalistic number of winners (13). And wouldn’t you know it, Lookin At Lee’s sire Lookin At Lucky won from No. 7 in 2010. Doug O’Neill, who trains ToA, won the 2012 edition of the race with I’ll Have Another.
- Senior Investment +2500. Ten colts have finished first at Pimlico from this post. The last accomplish that was Bernardini in 2006.
- Lookin At Lee +800. Lee will Lookin to do his daddy proud from a position that has produced few winners (4), though those include the aforementioned I’ll Have Another and Canonero II (Can you name the truck with four wheel drive, smells like a steak and seats thirty-five. Canonero! Canonero!)
- Conquest Mo Money +1600. This position has produced only two Preakness winners; Real Quiet in 1998 and Greek Money in 1962. That doesn’t do Mo Money’s online wagering horse racing odds any favours.