Preakness odds should be the story of this weekend, as the 134th running of the Preakness Stakes takes place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Many of the horses that ran in the Kentucky Derby should be able to participate, but much of the sportsbook attention has gone to a filly that is getting her chance to run with the boys.
Mine That Bird, coming off an amazing longshot win at the Kentucky Derby, will continue his quest to become the first horse since Affirmed in 1970 to win the Triple Crown, but it was uncertain whether his owners wanted him to run. However, he is in the field, and he won’t be a darkhorse after he romped to an almost seven-length victory over Pioneer of the Nile. However, he won’t be ridden by Calvin Borel this time around.
Borel will navigate Rachel Alexandra at Pimlico, but it’s not like he is unfamiliar with the horse. Borel rode the filly to a dominant win at the Kentucky Oaks as they steamrolled the field by an amazing 20 lengths. As a two-year-old, Rachel Alexandra had three wins and two runners-up in six races, and she’s been even better as a three-year-old, as three of her five wins have come by eight lengths or more, all with Borel at the helm.
The rest field features Pioneer of the Nile and Musket Man, who finished second and third to Mine That Bird at the Kentucky Derby, as well as Big Drama, Flying Private, General Quarters, Papa Clem, Take The Points, Tone It Down, Luv Gov and Terrain. The most interesting horse to watch, outside of Mine That Bird and Rachel Alexandra could be Friesen Fire, who took over the status of favorite at the Kentucky Derby after I Want Revenge was scratched the morning of the race. Friesen Fire started from the No.6 position, but never looked comfortable at muddy Churchill Downs, and he stumbled to an 18th-place finish out of 19 horses.
Big Brown won as the Preakness betting favorite after winning the Kentucky Derby last year, so that bodes well for Mine That Bird. Rachel Alexander doesn’t have history on her side, as a filly hasn’t won the Preakness since Nellie Morse did it way back in 1924. But after destroying the competition so far, Rachel Alexandra has at least earned some consideration towards her Preakness odds.