Contenders of The Preakness Stakes 2017
The second leg of the thoroughbred racing Triple Crown, The Preakness Stakes all set to take off on May 20th. The horses have arrived and the field for the race is taking shape. According to accuweather.com, the weather forecast for race day is expected to be partly sunny with a high of 77°F. The Preakness Stakes had recorded a betting value of over $94 million last year. What this year has in store for us is yet to be seen.
It’s that time of the year for fans to start talking about whether they have the next Triple Crown winner amongst them. Always Dreaming, one of the contenders for the 143rd Kentuck Derby was on point as he finished the race first, in style. With a set of new challengers added to the line-up, it will be interesting to see if Always Dreaming will add another race to his belt.
Given the history of the race and what is at stake, people are getting ready to place their bets. Here are our top contenders for the Preakness Stakes 2017.
1. Always Dreaming
Always Dreaming is the early favorite for the race due to his performance in the Kentucky Derby. He has won all four of the races he took part in, this year. He showed critics his potential to be a Derby winner with his incredible victory in the Florida Derby. According to his exercise trainer, Always Dreaming is feeling great after getting a week off to himself. With coach Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazques by his side, he is expected to take the purse.
2. Looking At Lee
He may have won twice from his 10 starts, but make no mistake by ignoring him. With his closing style, pace and consistency he raced his way to the finish line, coming second in the Kentucky Derby. It will be interesting to see how the trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Corey Lanerie will make use of the smaller Pimlico track.
3. Classic Empire
Given his pedigree and an astonishing five wins from eight starts, Classic Empire is one of the favorites to break Always Dreaming’s hope for Triple Crown. He may have had a rough start in the Kentucky Derby as he got bumped in the beginning of the race. He was also forced to go wide during the midstretch. Despite all odds, he managed to finish fourth in the race. Given that the field for the Preakness Stakes is much smaller