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2018 Preakness Exotic Betting Picks

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Learn how to make winning 2018 Preakness exacta, trifecta and superfecta bets.

There are plenty of ways to bet the Preakness Stakes. And with the 2018 field of eight features two considerable favorites and a competitive mix of Kentucky Derby runners and fresh faces.

What: 143rd Preakness Stakes
Where: Pimlico Race Course | Baltimore, MD
When: Saturday, May 19th, 2018
Post Time: 6:20 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: 5-7:15 p.m. ET
Watch: NBC
Stream: NBC Sports Live

2018 Preakness Exotic Betting Picks

With a short field and two HEAVY favorites, Kentucky Derby winner Justify and runner-up Good Magic, you will have to get creative to cash in big on your 2018 Preakness picks. I am here to help you pick the right couple of horses to use in your Preakness exotic bets.

5Dimes’ Exacta Odds

  • Justify, Quip +967
  • Justify, Lone Sailor +1300
  • Justify, Sporting Chance +1478
  • Justify, Diamond King +1380
  • Justify, Good Magic +142
  • Justify, Tenfold +1600
  • Justify, Bravazo +1380
  • Good Magic, Quip +5700
  • Good Magic, Lone Sailor +8000
  • Good Magic, Sporting Chance +10500
  • Good Magic, Diamond King +8900
  • Good Magic, Tenfold 11700
  • Good Magic, Justify +429
  • Good Magic, Bravazo +8900

Now on to my 2018 Preakness Exotic betting picks!

Almost everyone will key all their exotic bets around Justify. Because of that, I’m going to bet against Justify in all my 2018 Preakness Stakes exotic betting picks.

I’m am picking the second Preakness favorite and Kentucky derby runner-up Good Magic as my key horse. I’ll play a $30 exacta with Good Magic over Justify. There’s no reason to reverse it. Yep, Justify should beat Good Magic. But, the majority of the public will bet the Justify/Good Magic exacta. A high percentage of smart bettors are going to bet Good Magic over Justify.

It is a smart play to bet smaller exactas with Good Magic over a couple of other horses. I recommend Quip and Tenfold. Quip could be sitting on a monster race. He’s a talented horse. Tenfold has a lot of upside. His fifth place finish in the Arkansas Derby wasn’t as bad as so many believe it was. Those exactas I’ll reverse for less

My trifecta ticket will key Good Magic in the top slot, Quip, Tenfold, and Diamond King in the place slot with Justify in the third slot. Diamond King could get place money if, which I hope, Justify is too tired to run better than third.

The final wager that I’m placing is a $1 superfecta. Again, I’m going to key Good Magic in the top slot and Justify in the third slot. I’m also putting Quip, Tenfold, and Diamond King in the place slot. I’m going All in the fourth slot.

It’s obvious that my strategy is to go against the 1/2 chalk, Justify. If Justify doesn’t show up, I could make out like a bandit. If Justify beats me, oh well. That’s horse racing!