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Betting Picks for the 2017 Preakness Stakes

Preakness Stakes

The second stage of the triple crown in horse racing will take place this weekend, as the Preakness Stakes center stage. The race will take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore Maryland, and just like the Kentucky Derby, it will be aired on NBC. Always Dreaming came away with the title on May 6th and is now looking to win it’s second of the big three. Let’s take a look at the betting picks for the 2017 Preakness.

Always Dreaming 1/1

The John Velazquez/Todd Pletcher combination was really good in Louisville. It was no surprise, as Always Dreaming is a once in a lifetime horse. This horse loves to set the pace and has a closing speed that will make you regret pacing behind it.

Classic Empire 4/1

Trained by Mark Casse, Classic Empire has a pedigree of Pioneer of the Nile – Sambuca Classic, by Cat Thief. The bay color horse has started 8 times, and come away with 5 wins and a third place finish. Classic Empire is a horse that needs to get out of the gate quicker. If you see Classic Empire up near the front at the beginning, you can bet it will be there at the end. Classic Empire finished fourth at the Kentucky Derby.

Gunnervera 12/1

After coming in seventh in Louisville, Gunnervera will take another shot at one of the big dog races here. This horse is trained by Antonio Sano is owned by Peacock Racing Stables. In its career, Gunnervera has won 4 races and made nearly $2M. Gunnervera is hoping for a dry track, as it was none too happy with the wet conditions in Louisville.

Hence 12/1

After finishing 11th in Louisville, Hence will look to do what it did at the Sunland Derby awhile back. Florent Geoux and Steve Asmussen have this horse on the fast track to winning something big. If it happens here at the Preakness or not is the question. You can get Hence at 12/1 odds.

Lookin at Lee 11/1

This horse finished second in the Kentucky Derby, 2.75 strides behind Always Dreaming. Corey Lanerie will ride this horse that has made nearly $900,000 racing. In its career, the horse has 2 wins, with 5 other Top 3 finishes.

There is a look at the 2017 Preakness. We are going to go with Classic Empire in this one. Always Dreaming was really good a couple weeks ago, but it’s time to come away with a new winner, and put the triple crown to rest. Classic Empire was one of the horses expected to fare well in Louisville. Bet on Classic Empire at 4/1 odds to win the 2017 Preakness.