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The 144th managing of the Preakness Stakes will take position on Saturday at Pimlico Race Program in Baltimore.
One of the most prestigious situations in American racing, the buildup to the Preakness is often dominated by speak of whether or not the Kentucky Derby winner can prevail to set up a bid for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes in June.
Having said that, in 2019, there will be no Triple Crown, as Derby winner Nation Residence is not jogging in the Preakness because of to sickness. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed, by means of CBS Sports’ Cody Benjamin, that his demand was “coughing” and would need to have to undertake tests.
It is far more than two decades considering that the Derby winner did not operate in the Preakness, but a thrilling race is however in the offing given the high quality of the industry.
Day: Saturday, May perhaps 18
Race Time: six:forty eight p.m. ET (coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET)
Tv set: NBC (pre-race coverage begins at two:thirty p.m. ET)
Dwell Stream: NBC Sporting activities app
Submit Posture and Odds
one. War of Will (four-one)
two. Bourbon War (twelve-one)
three. Warrior’s Charge (12-1)
four. Unbelievable (five-two)
five. Owendale (ten-1)
6. Current market King (thirty-1)
7. Alwaysmining (8-one)
eight. Signalman (30-one)
nine. Bodexpress (twenty-one)
ten. Everfast (50-one)
eleven. Laughing Fox (20-one)
12. Anothertwistafate (6-one)
thirteen. Get Gain Earn (fifteen-one)
Odds courtesy of the official Preakness Stakes Twitter account.
Unbelievable appears set to go off as the favorite for this year’s Preakness, and for good purpose.
The Bob Baffert-properly trained colt was nicely-backed forward of the Kentucky Derby and ended up ending fourth—after Maximum Security’s disqualification—behind Country Home, Code of Honor and Tacitus, none of whom are running at Pimlico:
The 2019 #Preakness will mark the first time due to the fact 1951 that the prime 4 horses to cross the finish line at the #KentuckyDerby will not contend in the Preakness. Which is virtually 70 many years. Highest Protection, State Dwelling, Code of Honor, and Tacitus all not managing.
Baffert has a phenomenal document in the Preakness. He has gained it 2 times in the previous four yrs, with his two Triple Crown horses Justify and American Pharoah, and a history 7 moments all round.
Meanwhile, two-time profitable jockey Mike Smith will be aboard Inconceivable, a probably strong combination that will make them the ones to conquer on Saturday.
There are loads in the field able of beating the favourite, nevertheless, most notably War of Will, who was heavily involved in the controversy at Churchill Downs. He was impeded by Maximum Security’s illegal transfer, potentially a single of the good reasons why he finished up seventh.
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A Mark Casse runner, War of Will has a few career wins to his identify and ought to be a strong contender in the Preakness.
Per Stephen Whyno of NBC Bay Region, jockey Tyler Gaffalione believes in War of Will’s potential: “He can do anything—he’s like Superman. He just amazes me additional and additional every time I get on him.”
War of Will could have an gain starting up on the within, but he could also locate himself in difficulty if he does not split neatly.
As shown in the Kentucky Derby, the unpredictable character of racing suggests all 13 horses in the Preakness subject have a chance of profitable.
Inconceivable and War of Will, while, appear very best equipped for victory and could be likely head-to-head down the stretch arrive Saturday.
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