2018 Preakness Stakes predictions: Best expert picks for win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta

Justify is a monster favorite at the 2018 Preakness. The winner of the Kentucky Derby who's trained by Bob Baffert is going off at 1-2 as he guns for the second leg of horse racing's Triple Crown. Good Magic, who finished second to Justify at Churchill Downs, is going off at 5-1 at Pimlico after opening at 3-1. The rest of the eight-horse Preakness field is listed at 9-1 or higher. The week leading up to the Preakness has been full of drama, from Justify's leg injury in the Derby to day after day of rain.

The way to make money in a Preakness like this is through exotics -- bets like trifectas and superfectas. A $1 superfecta at last year's Preakness, when long shots Cloud Computing (13-1) and Senior Investment (30-1) hit the board along with Classic Empire (2-1) and Lookin at Lee (9-1), paid over $8,000. That's 8,000 times your money, all in a matter of minutes.

There's a method to picking which horses to focus on in the 143rd Preakness, and horse racing guru Jody Demling knows what it is. In fact, he has called eight of the last 13 Preakness winners at Pimlico.

At the Kentucky Derby two weeks ago, Demling won his 10th straight Derby-Oaks double -- he held a ticket with the winners of both races for the 10th straight year.

At last year's Preakness, he was all over Cloud Computing, who won as an upset favorite. Demling then said Tapwrit would edge Irish War Cry in the Belmont Stakes, which was exactly what happened. He closed out last year by hitting the superfecta in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

To start off 2018, Demling correctly predicted the 1-2 finish of Gun Runner and West Coast at the Pegasus World Cup. Then, he nailed My Boy Jack losing out to Noble Indy at the Louisiana Derby. He also nailed Magnum Moon beating Preakness contender Quip in the Arkansas Derby and called the 1-2 finish of the Man O' War Stakes before the Kentucky Derby. Anyone who has followed his picks is reaping huge paydays.

Here's a refresher on those bet types from horse racing guru Jody Demling: 

Exacta: Pick the first- and second-place finishers in the correct order. You would have won $100 on a $2 exacta bet at last year's Preakness.

Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. A $1 trifecta bet at last year's Preakness would have paid out over $1,000.

Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. This paid over $8,000 at last year's Preakness on a $1 bet.

While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of Justify (1-2) in the 2018 Preakness, he plans to hold tickets with Good Magic (5-1), plus two double-digit underdogs that could net any bettor a monster payday.

Demling has specific recommendations for win, place, show, trifecta and superfecta so you can cover all your bases at the Preakness 2018. And he's sharing them over at SportsLine.

So which horses do you take? And in what combinations? Visit SportsLine to get Demling's picks for win, place and show as well as his trifecta and superfecta bets for the Preakness Stakes.  

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