Preakness Stakes Wagering – History Breaking Year

May 31, 2011 Preakness Stakes

As we get ready for Preakness Stakes wagering we can look back at what has been a weird horse racing season so far.

In fact, it has been a history making season but not in the way you may think.  Could history continue to be made on Saturday?  Make your Preakness bet right now at Sbg global.

Longshots Winning
This has been a horse racing season where longshots are ruling the day.  If you look at all of the major preps leading up to the Triple Crown races you will see that longshots have won almost every time. Horses that you never even heard of have been winning at big odds.  There were nine big prep races leading up to the Kentucky Derby and not one time did the favorite win. The average odds of the winning horse were 14-1.  And the big odds continued in the Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom winning at 20-1.  Will the trend continue in the Preakness?  There have only been two horses in the last 33 years that have won the Preakness at odds of 10-1 or more so the race is normally not one for longshots.

History Being Broken
If you are looking back at history and trying to predict which horse will win the Triple Crown races you can forget about it. Nothing about this year’s Triple Crown races has been normal. Normally in the Preakness you can look at history as a big guide. Favorites normally do very well and longshots have no chance.  This is a history breaking year though so does history get broken again in Preakness Stakes wagering on Saturday? Animal Kingdom is the favorite but he had never won on dirt until the Derby.  That had never been done in history. No horse had won the Derby with only four starts since 1918 but Animal Kingdom ended that drought. He had not raced in six weeks and no horse in 55 years had won with that type of layoff but Animal Kingdom broke that streak. Could Animal Kingdom end the Triple Crown drought as well? He came out of the Derby in great shape and there are no super horses going in the Preakness.  Animal Kingdom is definitely worth considering but this has been such a strange year in horse racing that anything is possible.