2018 Preakness Odds & Expert Picks

2018 Preakness Odds & Picks

The 143rd Preakness Stakes’ eight-horse field (down from the 20-horse field at Churchill Downs a few weeks ago) is set! At the top of the fixed odds horse racing betting board is Kentucky Derby champ Justify. Also running in the Preakness after the Derby are Good Magic, Bravazo and Lone Sailor. Fresh faces at Pimlico include Quip, Sporting Chance, Diamond King and Tenfold.

At nine-and-a-half furlongs, it’s the shortest of the three Triple Crown legs. 5Dimes’ oddsmakers have updated the 2018 Preakness Stakes odds after yesterday’s draw.

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

Odds & Picks To Win The Preakness Stakes

  1. Quip +2000
  2. Lone Sailor +3000
  3. Sporting Chance +4000
  4. Diamond King +3000
  5. Good Magic +350
  6. Tenfold +4000
  7. Justify -230
  8. Bravazo +2800

The Favorite: Justify -230

Justify drew the seventh post position for the Preakness. The Derby winner remains the heavy horse betting favorite to win the second leg of the Triple Crown. He gives trainer Bob Baffert a shot as his seventh Preakness title. If Justify wins at Pimlico Baffert has a shot at a second Triple Crown in four years. American Pharoah accomplished the feat in 2015. Baffert is also 4-0 in the Preakness with a Derby winner running.

The Smart Pick: Quip +2000

Quip shares owners with Justify. That should be enough to deserve a few bucks to be bet on him by race day! Why would an owner add a horse to challenge a possible Triple Crown winner? Do they think Quip is better equipped to handle the shorter distance? Quip turned in his final timed work for the 143rd Preakness on Sunday morning, breezing a half-mile in 48.20 seconds at Keeneland.

The Tampa Bay Derby winner and Arkansas Derby runner-up did draw into the first post position. The colt needs to avoid being rubbed out early by throttling his tactical speed out of the gate. A clean break is the only shot Quip has to stay ahead of the field and avoid the dreaded rail.

The Long Shot: Diamond King +3000

Diamond King is a long shot at the 2018 Preakness. After drawing fourth yesterday, Pimlico opened Diamond King at 30/1 to win the Preakness. He has four wins in six career starts, including the Federico Tesio at Laurel Park.

Trainer John Servis won the Preakness in 2004 with Smarty Jones. Jockey Javier Castellano won his second Preakness last year aboard Cloud Computing. Diamond King has to tools for an upset!