The 133rd running of the Preakness
Stakes goes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday,
as Big Brown tries to add the second jewel of the Triple Crown to his growing
list of accomplishments.
Big Brown dominated at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, easily winning the
Kentucky Derby by 4 ¾ lengths. The
victory maintained Big Brown’s perfect record, which now sits at 4-0. Big Brown
will break from the seventh post at the Preakness,
which has held five wins in the past 19 years. It will be a shocker if
Big Brown doesn’t make it 5-0 at Pimlico on Saturday,
especially as a huge ½ race favorite.
Big Brown won the
easily that only one other horse that raced at Churchill Downs will also be
racing at Pimlico on Saturday. That lone horse is Gayego, who didn’t even challenge in the
finishing well back in 17th place out of 20 horses. This will be the
first time since 1980 that only two horses from the
will compete in the Preakness. The two returnees in
1980 were Codex and
Genuine Risk, with Codex winning in an upset.
Before Gayego became a late Preakness
addition, the No. 1 challenger to Big Brown appeared to be Behindatthebar,
who was listed at 10/1. Things quickly changed on Friday after Behindatthebar became a late scratch from the race due to a
bruised front left foot. This was the second horse to bow out after Recapturetheglory was force to withdraw due to a fever.
With Behindatthebar out, the odds quickly rise after
the top two with a pair of horses – Kentucky Bear and Yankee Bravo – both
listed at 15/1. Kentucky Bear doesn’t have a Stakes race win under his belt
this season, which makes him unlikely to win his first at the Preakness. Yankee Bravo won the California Derby earlier
this year, but followed that up with a fourth place in the Santa Anita Derby
and a third place in the Louisiana Derby. Yankee Bravo may not have the speed
to keep up with Big Brown and the rest of the race leaders.
Among the rest of the field, the strongest horse with a chance to upset Big
Brown looks to be Hey Byrn at 20/1. Hey Byrn has raced against Big Brown once this season in the
Florida Derby where he finished in fourth place, while Big Brown went on to the
winner’s circle. However, Hey Byrn did win the Holy
Bull Stakes last month, which is run at the same distance as the Preakness.
Pimlico Race Course – Preakness Stakes Odds
Big Brown ½
Behindatthebar – Scratched
Yankee Bravo 15/1
Hey Byrn 20/1
Macho Again 20/1
Giant Moon 30/1
Icabad Crane 30/1
Racecar Rhapsody 30/1
Riley Tucker 30/1
Tres Borrachos 30