Armagnac Is Not a Longshot to Count on in Preakness
There are 10 stakes races Saturday at Pimlico including the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes in Race 13. Post time at 7:01 p.m. ET. Using TVG projections and Horse Racing Nation (HRN) as a guide, here are the horse profiles for the second leg of America’s Triple Crown.
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As always, check the program for racing information, and monitor the weather and track conditions.
(I will reference Equibase's Speed Figure and BRIS and Beyer speed figures, which tells you how fast a horse has been running in each of its races -- adjusted for track, distances, and conditions.)
Morning Line Odds: 12/1
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Trained by Tim Yakteen via Bob Baffert and ridden by jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr., Armagnac is 12/1 on the morning line. He rates as a poor value with two wins in four starts this year but failed to hit the board in his two graded stakes starts, including a very distant fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.
Armagnac makes a quick turnaround off his improved speed Allowance score May 8th at Churchill Downs. He'll add some pace to this race as a confirmed presser but will likely only have a shot to hit the board if the pace is quite slow through six furlongs.
There is plenty of intrigue with this year’s Preakness.
Will Epicenter validate the belief he ran the best Kentucky Derby performance based on being relatively close to the hot pace? Can Kentucky Oaks' winner Secret Oath take on the boys and prevail the way Swiss Skydiver did in 2020? Will 'new shooter' Early Voting pull off the upset like Rombauer did last year after also skipping the Kentucky Derby? Is there a longshot lurking in the wings to run by them all?
The last three Preakness winners have gone to post with odds of 11/1, 11/1 and 6/1. Justify in 2018 was the last Preakness favorite to win the race on his way to capturing the Triple Crown.