|Written by Michelle Allan|
For the first time since 2005, the Preakness Stakes has a full field of fourteen horses and riders who are prepared to take home the top honors. The Triple Crown is the pinnacle achievement in the sport of horse racing and consists of three top races including the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes, and concluding with the Belmont Stakes. Animal Kingdom is currently in the running to take home the top honors of the Triple Crown, having recently won the Kentucky Derby and looking to be an early favorite in this weekend’s race. Horse racing betting and gambling experts are placing 2-1 odds that Animal Kingdom will repeat his recent victory at the Kentucky Derby and beat out all of the other hopefuls racing this weekend.
Joining the Kentucky Derby winner as favored horses in the Preakness this weekend are strong contenders Dialed In and Mucho Macho Man. Dialed In, who entered the Kentucky Derby as a favorite but placed a disappointing eighth place is looking good to take away Animal Kingdom’s chances at walking away with the Triple Crown. The odds that Dialed In will win the Preakness Stakes are currently at 9-2, with Dialed In having a better starting post than Animal Kingdom. Animal Kingdom drew an unlucky starting post position of 11 out of the gate, a post position which has only yielded two winners since 1926. However, countering the unlucky post position for Animal Kingdom is the fact that most winners of the Kentucky Derby make good showings at the Preakness Stakes race.
In addition to Dialed In, Mucho Macho Man is looking for a little validation at this weekend’s Preakness Stakes horse race, and is also expected to make a good showing. The odds for Mucho Macho Man are 6-1 and he has also drawn a better starting post position than Animal Kingdom. Expect this horse to do great things, especially with the way cleared by Nehro dropping out of the race unexpectedly last week after being considered a strong contender. If Animal Kingdom takes the Preakness Stakes this weekend, he’s in a position to be the first winner of the Triple Crown in over thirty years.