Longshot Skippylongstocking's Sire Won the 2016 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: 20/1
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Trained by Saffie Joseph, Jr. and ridden by Junior Alvarado, Skippylongstocking is a longshot at 20/1 opening pari-mutuel odds. He's raced nine times with two wins and enters off a third-place finish in the Wood Memorial behind front-running runner-up Early Voting.
Skippylongstocking will have to improve off his best two races in March and April, but this son of 2016 Preakness winner Exaggerator has the ability and his trainer is a known 'booster.' Horse Racing Nation rates Skippylongstocking a solid value with a very good chance to hit the superfecta.
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.