2019 Preakness predictions: Expert picks for win, place, show, exacta, trifecta, superfecta
Improbable and War of Will are the favorites, but does our expert think they can win?
Winless in three races this year, the Bob Baffert-trained Improbable will look to redeem himself on Saturday in the 2019 Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course. The son of City Zip is coming off a fourth place finish in the Kentucky Derby in which he was the 4-1 favorite. Prior to the Derby, he finished second in the Rebel Stakes and Arkansas Derby. Despite his 0-for-3 record in 2019, Improbable is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the current 2019 Preakness Stakes odds and the highest finishing Derby horse to compete at Pimlico. His trainer, Bob Baffert, has won the Preakness seven times, including last year with Justify and in 2015 with Triple Crown winner American Pharoah. War or Will, whose traffic trouble in the Run for the Roses has been well-publicized, is No. 2 on the odds board among the 2019 Preakness contenders at 4-1. With no Triple Crown at stake, the Preakness 2019 is a prime opportunity for horses to cement their legacy with a victory at this storied track in front of a worldwide audience. Post time for the second leg of the Triple Crown is 6:48 p.m. ET.
History could be made on Saturday at Pimlico, which has been the site of plenty of epic finishes over the years. In fact, 2019 is the 30th anniversary of arguably the most memorable Preakness Stakes ever. In 1989, Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence and his rival, Easy Goer, battled nose-to-nose the length of the stretch in an epic, pulsating finish. Sunday Silence prevailed by a desperate nose in what remains one of the sport's most memorable moments of the last 40 years.
Given all the history, there's a method to picking which horses to focus on for exacta, trifecta, and superfecta bets in a Preakness Stakes like this, and SportsLine's Jody Demling knows what it is. He can help you make the top 2019 Preakness picks possible.
A fixture in the horse racing world who has been writing about, talking about and betting on races for years, Demling comes into the Preakness 2019 on a mind-blowing streak: He's nailed nine of the last 14 Preakness winners, including last year's champion, Justify. Demling knows when a horse like Curlin is ripe for an upset at the Preakness and when a favorite like American Pharoah is destined for glory.
Demling followed up last year's Preakness by predicting Justify's groundbreaking victory in the Belmont Stakes, as well as calling the winners of the Haskell Invitational and Pennsylvania Derby, just to name a few. Recently, he also crushed his exotics like the superfecta in the Pegasus World Cup, Robert B. Lewis Stakes, and Arkansas Derby.
Plus, he's nailed nine of the last 11 Derby-Oaks doubles at Churchill Downs. That means he's held a ticket with the winners of both races all but twice in the last 11 years. Anyone who has followed him is up huge.
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. This paid $27.40 on a $2 bet last year with Justify and Bravazo.
Trifecta: Pick the first-, second- and third-place finishers in the correct order. This paid almost $150 on a $1 bet last year with Justify, Bravazo, and Tenfold.
Superfecta: Pick the first-, second-, third- and fourth-place finishers in the correct order. This paid $372.50 on a $1 bet last year with Justify, Bravazo, Tenfold, and Good Magic.
While Demling has no quibbles with the favorite status of Improbable (5-2), he plans to hold tickets with War of Will (4-1), plus two double-digit underdogs.
Demling has specific recommendations for win, place, show, trifecta and superfecta so you can cover all your bases at the Preakness Stakes 2019. 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 2019 Preakness.
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