|Written by Michelle Allan|
For those of you who enjoy betting on horses, this weekend’s Preakness Stakes race is sure to be an exciting run.
The hands down favorite for this weekend’s event is the latest winner of the Kentucky Derby, a horse named Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom is looking good to emerge as the winner of the 136th Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the coveted Triple Crown. Animal Kingdom made an unexpected grab at the roses at the recent Kentucky Derby, easily overtaking the field of competitors to win the first leg of the Triple Crown. Although he wasn’t a favorite for the Kentucky Derby, Animal Kingdom is sitting on really good odds for the Preakness. Preakness Stakes betting experts are giving 2-1 odds that Animal Kingdom will again emerge victorious, giving him a chance to run for the third leg of the Triple Crown coming up at the Belmont Stakes. Traditionally winners of the Derby do exceptionally well at the Preakness Stakes, and horse racing betting experts are expecting that this weekend will be no exception.
Animal Kingdom is joined by a few other competitors from the recent Derby who are also expected to make a good showing this weekend. Also rated highly in the Preakness Stakes betting associations are Derby finishers Mucho Macho Man and Dialed In. Early favorite Nehro has been removed from the competition but is expected to run in the third leg of the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. Horse racing enthusiasts are keeping on eye on both Mucho Macho Man and Dialed In to make a big showing at this weekend’s race, possibly preventing Animal Kingdom from taking the top honors. One of the factors that Animal Kingdom has going against him is the post position that he’s drawn of 11. Only two winners of the Preakness Stakes since 1926 have come out of the 11th post position. The field is wide open for any horse and jockey to take the trophy home, as the Preakness Stakes includes a full field of fourteen horses this year for the first time in six years. The odds of Dialed In, who was the favorite for the Kentucky Derby but finished in a disappointing 8th place, are 9-2, while the odds of Mucho Macho Man taking the prize are 6-1.