Preakness Stakes betting: Are the long shots worth a look?

May 16, 2013 |
Could a long shot shock the short field at the 2013 Preakness Stakes?
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Could a long shot shock the short field at the 2013 Preakness Stakes?
Photo By - USA Today Sports
Even in a Triple Crown field as small as the nine horses, there are a few entries that would really need a perfect day to win. For those looking to score big on a long-shot wager at the 2013 Preakness Stakes, we check out the three horses with the biggest odds to win and if they’re even worth it.

Govenor Charlie +2,000

Trainer Bob Baffert knows a thing or two about winning the Preakness. He has entered 13 horses in the race over the years and has won it five times. He has a lot of work to do here to add a sixth win, but it isn’t out of the question.

This horse was an easy winner of the Sunland Derby and was considered for the Kentucky Derby before a minor foot injury got in the way. He likes to be on the lead, so he will press Goldencents early on, and should ensure there is an honest pace. That’s a tough way to win the Preakness, though, and his pedigree isn’t overflowing with stamina.

Last year, Baffert set the pace in the Preakness with Bodemeister, but I’ll Have Another was just too good in the end. Govenor Charlie isn’t nearly the horse that Bodemeister is, and Orb looks like he could be even better than I’ll Have Another. That doesn’t set up well for this horse here.

Oxbow +2,000

D. Wayne Lukas, jockey Gary Stevens and Oxbow are back for another shot after running in the Kentucky Derby. He only finished sixth in that race, but it was a very impressive showing nonetheless.

He was close to the blistering early pace. When the other horses up front — Palace Malice, Goldencents, Verrazano — hit the wall and shifted into reverse, Oxbow held on and was competitive until the final strides. The result really captured all we have seen about Oxbow in his career — there was tremendous talent, but it all didn’t quite come together.

At some point I feel like this horse is going to find his game and really make some noise. I just don’t know if we are quite at that time yet.

Titletown Five +3,000

The third of three Lukas horses in the field is by far the least inspiring runner entered. He was thoroughly outclassed in the Louisiana Derby, finishing ninth after stalking the early pace, briefly leading at the half-mile point and then hitting the wall. Then he tried the Derby Trial, but was an uninspiring fourth.

It’s hard to believe he’s good enough here. He should again push the pace, but there are better horses he’ll be up front with and much better horses behind him.

The only reason to bet this horse is if you are a long time Green Bay Packers fan — former stars Paul Hornung and Willie Davis are part owners of the horse.

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