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Cloud Computing Wins for Chad Brown!



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Congratulations to Cloud Computing!

Cloud Computing wins the 142nd Preakness Stakes for trainer Chad Brown and jockey Javier Castellano as another Kentucky Derby winner goes down!

In what everyone thought would be a battle to the wire between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire turned out to be a dual to the wire between Cloud Computing(12-1) and Classic Empire(5/2)!

Always Dreaming and Classic Empire broke well and raced together around the track all the while Cloud Computing tracking them in 3rd. Classic Empire put away the favorite, Always Dreaming, at the top of the stretch and had a 3 length lead in mid-stretch and looking like the winner but Cloud Computing and Javier Castellano said wait a minute,  here we come! They caught Classic Empire just before the wire to win by a head!

Senior Investment (32-1), racing 10th at the 3/4 pole was able to close in the lane to get up for 3rd ahead of Lookin At Lee (9-1).

This was trainer Chad Brown's first Triple Crown series win as the renowned Turf trainer showed that he knows dirt horses too!

NO Triple Crown winner this year as Always Dreaming faded to finish 8th as he disappoint his fans and all Triple Crown lovers.

The Belmont Stakes is up next and it looks like again we will have three different winners in each leg of the Triple Crown!


 Cloud Computing Wins Preakness
 
Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
PP2
Cloud Computing J. Castellano $28.80 $8.60 $6.00
PP5
Classic Empire J. Leparoux
  $4.40 $4.00
PP8
Senior Investment C. Hill     $10.20
PP9
Lookin At Lee
C. Lanerie     -
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (2-5) $98.40
  $1.00 Trifecta (2-5-8) $1,097.30

$1.00 Superfecta (2-5-8-9) $8,162.80





Our Preakness & Full Card Picks Results:

Classic Empire was our TOP pick to upset the KY Derby winner Always Dreaming  and with 50 yards to go to the wire it looked like he would do it but Cloud Computing had other plans for the race outcome.

We felt the race would be a dual between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire and with the problems he experienced in the Derby, he would prevail in the Preakness! That is mostly what happened as the two battle all the way to the 3/4 pole where Always Dreaming gave way to Classic Empire as he began to pull away at the top of the stretch.

But Cloud Computing who was just behind the two front runners all the way  was able to close in on Classic Empire through the lane and just edged him out by a head at the wire!

In our selections we made Classic Empire our Top selection to win.

Our 2 B horses were Always Dreaming (B1) and Cloud Computing (B2) - our top contenders for being in-the-money behind our (A) selection and have the best chance of beating our top selection!

Our 3 C horses (those that should make it into the bottom of the Trifecta &  Superfecta were  Senior Investment (C1), Gunnevera (C2)  and Conquest Mo Money (C3).

As you can see we had Cloud Computing (13-1) as a major contender with the two favorites. We explained that he was the ONLY Presser in here would get first chance of catching the 2 front runners in the lane!

Our wagering strategy allowed us the cash in on the $98 Exacta and the $1,097 Trifecta ($1 wager). We did not hit the Superfecta because we did not use Lookin At Lee (we felt his race in the KY Derby was aided by a speed favoring inside track) as we felt he would regress a little from his KY Derby race and that there would not be fast enough fractions up front for him to  close into.

It appears that neither Cloud Computing or Always Dreaming will go on to New York for the Belmont Stakes!

Just like in the Kentucky Derby, the importance of the Raise A Native sire  pedigree line proved critical as Cloud Computing, Classic Empire and Lookin At Lee have this powerful pedigree!

Remember this pedigree line is also critical in winning the Belmont Stakes!

In our Full Card Selections:

We had a very good day with our Picks. The day started with the track rated Muddy in race 1 till the 7th race were it was upgraded to Good and then for the Preakness was upgraded again to Fast. The Turf course was rated Good all day.

Our Top selection won in (4) races along with the winner in (8) races being in our top 4 runners!

Had (7 of 14) Exacta winners. Race 3 ($26.60), R4 ($65.20), R6 ($64.00), R9 ($9.20), R10 ($47.60), R12 ($36.00) and R13 ($98.20).

Total - $346.80 for $2 wagers.

Cashed in on  (5) Trifectas - Race 3 ($28.80), Race 4 ($107.50), Race 6 ($499.10), Race 10 ($42.50), Race 12 (54.50)  and R13 ($1,097.30).

Total - $1,829.70 for $1 wagers.

Also had (2)  Superfecta in R4 ($334.00) and R12 ($236.70).

Total - $570.70 in $1 wagers.

Hit (7) Daily Doubles - Race 4 ($30.60), Race 5 ($38.40), Race 6 ($37.80), Race 8 ($34.00), Race 9 ($19.40), Race 10 ($31.80) and Race 13 ($88.00).

Total - $280.00 in $2 wagers.

Had (3) Pick 3s - Race 5 ($57.10), Race 7 ($63.90) and Race 10 ($60.10).

Total - $181.10 in $1 Wagers.

Cashed (1) Pick 4 - Race 6 (287.30).

Total - $287.30 in $1 Wagers.

Hit (1) High 5 - Race 4 ($633.8).

Total - $633.80 in $1 Wagers.

Grand Total Won - $4,129.40

The track was rated MUDDY - GOOD - FAST throughout the Day and the Turf rated Good for the day. There were (4) winning Favorites and (4) 2nd Favorites winning in the 14 races on the card. The average Win payoff in the (14) races was a decent $11.66 ....


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Exaggerator Finally Beats Nyquist!

The Wet Track was Key to His Win!


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Exaggerator Rains Down his Revenge on Nyquist!
exaggerator wins Preakness
The Rematch in the Preakness - Part 5!

Before a record crowd of 135,256 on a rainy day, Exaggerator finally, in his 5th attempt, was able to defeat the undefeated, 2-year old Champion and Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist!
 
Exaggerator found the sloppy track to his liking as he has now won 3 of 4 races on a wet track!

Nyquist broke quickly from the gate with the lead and set strong early fractions. Uncle Lino went with him they pushed each other around the track putting very fast times. Exaggerator was racing 13 lengths behind them before he started to move up on the back stretch and then rode the rail around the final turn.

Nyquist managed to get the lead from Uncle Lino, but the fast times started to take their toll on him as the closing Exaggerator took the lead in the stretch to win by 3 1/2 lengths as the 5/2 second favorite.

Nyquist (3/5) just got nosed out by the closing Cherry Wine (16-1) and Stradivari (8-1) finished a close 4th.

Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
PP5
Exaggerator K. Desormeaux $7.20 $3.20 $2.40
PP1
Cherry Wine C. Lanerie
  $9.80 $4.20
PP3
Nyquist M. Gutierrez     $2.20
PP11
Stradivari
J. Velazquez     -
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (5-1) $88.40
  $2.00 Trifecta (5-1-3) $146.20

$1.00 Superfecta (5-1-3-11) $317.00

  Click here to see the Complete Preakness Stakes Order of Finish and Payoffs. 


Next up is the Belmont Stakes in 3 weeks and it looks like 4 of the top 5 finishers will run in the 3rd Leg of the Triple Crown series!



Our Preakness & Full Card Picks Results:

The race did not unfold as we hoped. With all the Early speed in here we preferred that Nyquist would rate just off it. But instead, his jock went with the front runner Uncle Lino and the two set very fast early fractions that took its toll on Nyquist when he hit the top of the stretch and Exaggerator  passed him to go on and win by3 1/2 lengths!

We explained in our Picks that our biggest concern with Nyquist was how he would handle the kickback of mud in his face coming from post no. 3 as he had always raced in the clear away from other horses and that would not happen in the Preakness unless he went straight to the lead.

Well his jockey thought the kickback would be a problem as he decided go for it from the start and that ended up being the wrong decision!

Then the day after the race it was discovered that Nyquist came down with a fever and will not run in the Belmont Stakes.....

We felt that the Preakness Stakes would pretty much be a rematch  of the Kentucky Derby top 2 finishers Nyquist and Exaggerator!

We did feel that Nyquist would win the race as we used him as our top selection.

If he was to get beat, we felt that Exaggerator would have the best shot and recommended a bet on him if we could get 3-1 odds. Well he went off at 5/2 odds and paid $7.20 for the win.

In our selections we made Nyquist our A1 horse (Top Pick).

Our B and C horses were Exaggerator, Lani, Uncle Lino, Awesome Speed and Stradivari.

We had 4 of the top 5 across the finish line but we did not use the longshot Cherry Wine (17-1)!

Cherry Wine just got a nose in front of Nyquist at the wire for 2nd.

We did recommend playing a Trifecta using Nyquist and Exaggerator on top and bottom and ALL in the middle. That wager paid $146.20 for a $2 wager.

It is now 29 of the past 32 Preakness Stakes that has been won by a KY Derby runner.

There was an $80,000 win wager placed on Stradivari about 4 hours prior to the start of the race that changed the odds on Nyquist from 3/5 to Even odds! At Post time however, the odds got back to normal as Nyquist went off at 3/5 odds and Stradivari was back to his morning line odds of 8-1.

In our Full Card Selections:

We had (8) Exacta winners in the 14 races. They were: Race 2 ($36.40), Race 3 ($36.00), Race 4 ($19.40), Race 7 ($33.80), Race 8 ($23.60), Race 9 ($8.00), Race 11 ($35.80) and Race 14 ($90.00).

Total - $283.00 for $2 wagers.

Cashed in on  (4) Trifectas - Race 2 ($132.40), Race 7 ($135.60), Race 8 ($63.00) and Race 13 ($146.20).

Total - $477.20 for $2 wagers.

We also cashed in on (2) Superfectas in Race 7 ($223.40) and Race 8 ($121.60).

Total - $345.00 in $1 wagers

(2) Daily Doubles, Race 8 ($4.80) and Race 9 ($6.20).

Total - $11.00 for $2 wager.

Grand Total Won - $1,116.20.

We had 8 of 14 winners in our Top 4 selections with (3) as our Top pick.

The track was rated Wet/Sloppy/Muddy ALL day with several Scratches as there were (5) Favorites and (4) second Favorites Winning in the 14 races on the card. The average Win payoff in the (14) races was a low $10.66 ....

Average payoff for the 50 Cent Pick 3 was a low $44.82 and the average for the $1 Daily Double was only $24.87!

So often when the races are run on a sloppy/muddy track the payouts for all wager types are on the low side. It is just a fact that Horseplayers have to put up with!

Next up is the Belmont Stakes - Leg 3 of the Triple Crown as it is looking like  we might have for the 5th time in the last 8 years a different winner in each leg of the Triple Crown series!

It is looking like 4 of the Top 5 Preakness runners will come back for the Belmont Stakes. They are Exaggerator, Cherry Wine, Stradivari and Lani.

Kentucky Derby runners that skipped the Preakness Stakes making a come-back in the Belmont Stakes that is well rested and ready for a big effort are Suddenbreakingnews (5th), Destin (6th), Brody's Cause (7th), Mo Tom (8th) and Creator (13th).

It is looking like there will only be 1 "New Shooter" looking to join in. It is  Governor Malibu (2nd in Peter Pan).


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American Pharoah Destroys Preakness Field!

Even the Rain Gods Could Not Stop Him...

 
American Pharoah Wins Preakness
Before a record crowd of 131,680 racing fans, American Pharoah easily defeated a field of 8 runners to win by 7 lengths over a sloppy track!

What looked to be a rematch of the top 3 in the Kentucky Derby, Firing Line and Dortmund never occured! Firing Line stubbled out of the gate and had to rush up to be in contention but by the time he got to the top of stretch, he had nothing left and jockey Gary Stevens eased up on him!

Dortmund raced in 3rd the entire race following American Pharoah and Mr. Z to the top of the stretch where he ran out of gas as he held on for 4th some 15 lengths behind the winner!

Longshot Tale of Verve (28-1) just got up for 2nd ahead of Divining Rod (12-1).

When the downpour of rain before the start of the race, jockey Espinoza decided to change his planned race tactics and gun American Pharoah from the starting gate to grab the lead and win the race in wire-to-wire fashion. It was the correct decision for the sloppy track as it eliminated the kickback of mud and water in the horses face which could have affected his response!

Trainer Bob Baffert has now won the first 2 Legs of the Triple Crown and a shot at making history for the 4th time. He has done it with War Emblem (2002), Real Quiet (1998) and Silver Charm (1997). All three lost in the Belmont Stakes. Could this be the year he gets it done?

For the 3rd time jockey Victor Espinoza wins both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes and will head to the Belmont Stakes looking to complete the first Triple Crown in 37 years.

Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
1 American Pharoah V. Espinosa $3.80 $3.40 $2.80
5 Tale of Verve J. Rosario
  $19.00 $8.80
7 Divining Rod J. Castellano     $5.20
2 Dortmund
M. Garcia     -
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (1-5) $124.40
  $2.00 Trifecta (1-5-7) $985.00

$1.00 Superfecta (1-5-7-2) $1,906.90


Our Preakness & Full Card Picks Results:

The race did not unfold as we thought it would and the rain/downpour might have had something to do with that! We felt that the Preakness Stakes would pretty much be a rematch  of the top 3 Kentucky Derby finishers.

We did feel that American Pharoah would win the race as we used him as our top selection.  He performed as we thought he would and when the monsoon came just before the start of the race, he became a LOCK to win as he had previously won on a wet track and his running style would allow him to skip over the wet/sloppy surface!

If he was to get beat, we felt that Firing Line would have the best shot. However, when he stumbled out of the gate, his race was virtually over and his jockey Gary Stevens eventually eased him up when they hit the top of the stretch.

In our selections we made American Pharoah our A1 horse (Top Pick).

Our B and C horses were Firing Line, Dortmund, Divining Rod and Danzig Moon.

We had 3 of the top 4 across the finish line but we did not use the longshot Tale of Verve (28-1)!

The reason we did not was because he was ONLY a maiden winner in his last race so this would be his first time racing against proven horses! Need to give credit to his trainer Dallas Stewart,  who is no stranger to running longshots in the Triple Crown races and finishing 2nd, as he was determined to get him in this race as he tried and failed to get him into the KY Derby! He was 100% confident that Tale of Verve was ready to perform against the best 3-yearolds.

He is also just as confident with him in the Belmont Stakes!

Another big surprise was the odds on American Pharoah. I thought he would be much lower than 4-5. He paid $3.80 and $3.40 for the Win and Place payouts. That was amazing as I was expecting something more like $2.80 and $2.10!

With Firing Line out of the money and the longshot running 2nd, we got very nice payouts in the Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta for a 4-5 favorite winning in a small 8 horse field

In our Full Card Selections:

We had (4) Exacta winners in our Top 4 picks. Race 1 ($7.40), Race 4 ($31.20), Race 11 ($40.00) and Race 14 ($34.80).

Total - $113.40 for $2 wagers.

Cashed in on  (4) Trifectas - Race 1 ($23.40), Race 11a ($55.60), Race 11b ($148.90) and Race 14 ($90.00).

Total - $317.90 for $2 wagers.

We also cashed in on (4) Superfecta. Race 1 ($18.90), Race 11a ($145.70), Race 11b ($148.90) and Race 14 ($154.40).

Total - $469.70 in $1 wagers

(5) Daily Doubles, Race 2 ($19.40), Race 7 ($27.20), R12 ($47.60), R14 ($13.00) and the Black-Eyed Susan/Preakness Double of $87.00!

Total - $194.20 for $2 wager.

Hit (1)  Pick 3 in R11 ($70.20).

Total - $70.20 in $1 wagers.

Grand Total Won - $1,165.40.

We had 7 of 14 winners in our Top 4 selections with (6) as our Top pick.

The track was rated FAST ALL day UNTIL the Preakness Stakes (rain-sloppy) as there were (5) Favorites and (4) second Favorites Winning in the 14 races on the card. The average Win payoff in the (14) races was a low $10.20 ....

Next up is the Belmont Stakes - Leg 3 of the Triple Crown as American Pharoah attempts to make history!


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California Chrome Wins Preakness Stakes!

... Easily Takes Down Leg 2 of the Triple Crown ...


Will There be a Triple Crown Winner this Year?
(it is 36 years and counting since the last!)

California Chrome Brilliant in Preakness Stakes!
 

Orb Wins Kentucky Derby

Congrats to CC for Taking Down the First 2 Legs of the Triple Crown!

California Chrome again easily wins in the Preakness Stakes, leg 2 of the Triple Crown, as the 2/5 post time favorite. He got a great break from the gate and was able to join the leaders before Espinoza got him to rate behind them. Espinoza moved him outside in the three path where he had clear running. Espinoza bided his time until the final turn where he began his move on the leaders and taking the over the lead coming out of the turn and increasing his margin in the stretch to win by a easy 1 1/2 lengths before a record crowd of 123,469.

California Chrome Wins Kentucky Derby California Chrome took down the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown series and will be headed to Belmont Park in 3 weeks to attempt to take down the most coveted award in horse racing! It has been 36 years since Affirmed accomplished the Triple Crown feat!

It is easily said than done, but given the running style of California Chrome he has the best shot at it since Smarty Jones in 2004! 

Jockey Victor Espinoza has been here before, with War Emblem in 2002. He knows how difficult it is to take down that 3rd Leg of the Triple Crown! War Emblem stumbled out of the gate and his race was over! That experience can only be a benefit to Espinoza.

Again, Espinoza gave California Chrome a PERFECT ride moving out away from the inside lanes, up close to the pace and in a path were he had no one in front of him kicking dirt in his face. Well done Victor!

Fellow KY Derby runner Ride On Curlin closed from the back of the pack to get 2nd while never being a threat to catching California Chrome in the stretch! Social Inclusion was the biggest threat of the "New Faces" to challenge California Chrome but could only hang on for 3rd! Follow KY Derby runner General a Rod was a head back for 4th!. 

Jockey Victor Espinoza gave California Chrome another perfect ride. Getting him out of the gate quickly and moving over from the 3 hole to give he an open lane and keeping Social Inclusion to his outside. Espinoza was in perfect position coming out of the final turn to take the lead and pull away, never being threatened down the lane to the wire!

There were ONLY 3 KY Derby runners in the race and they ran !st, 2nd and 4th!

It's on to Belmont Park for the 3rd leg of the Triple Crown series California Chrome's attempt at making history! It has been 36 long years since the last Triple Crown winner when Affirmed did it!

Will California Chrome be able to accomplish the coveted feat?

 

Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
3 California Chrome V. Espinosa $3.00 $3.00 $2.40
10 Ride On Curlin J. Rosario   $5.60 $3.80
8 Social Inclusion L. Contreras     $3.40
2 General a Rod
J. Castellano     -
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (3-10) $18.20
  $2.00 Trifecta (3-10-8) $76.00

$1.00 Superfecta (3-10-8-4) $173.80


 

Our Preakness Stakes & Full Card Picks Results:

California Chrome was our top selection to win the Preakness Stakes and continue on to the Belmont Stakes to attempt to become the 1st Triple Crown winner in 36 years. Our analysis proved to be correct as his "Natural Speed" prevailed over a good field of 9 contenders!

We also predicted that Ride On Curlin had the best chance of upsetting him. Again our analysis was correct as Ride On Curlin closed fast in the lane and for one brief moment, it looked like he would run down California Chrome. But is was for ONLY one brief moment as California Chrome pulled away from him to win by an easy 1 1/2 lengths. Ride On Curlin took down the 2nd spot just as easily by beating the 3rd place horse Social Inclusion by 6 1/2 lengths who just held off General a Rod by a neck!

The $2 Exacta paid $18.20 - $2 Trifecta - $76.00 - $1 Superfecta - $173.80 - the payouts were low with the odds-on favorite winning and the 2nd favorite coming in 3rd! The 4th place runner just missed 3rd by a neck at 20-1 odds and if he would have gotten 3rd the payouts would have been much better!

We also played (2) Super High 5 tickets with one of them cashing for $609.55 for a 50Cent wager.

Oh well, that's horse racing and we can never be upset when we cash in on all wagers, Exacta - Trifecta - Superfecta - Super High 5!

We also hit the Pimlico Special - Preakness Double for $12 and the Pimlico Special - Dixie - Preakness Pick 3 for $80 ......

In our Full Card Selections:

We had (11) of the (13) winners in our Top 4 selections with (7) of them as our Top Pick and our (3) Best Bets ALL Won - R5 ($3.20), R9 ($4.80) and R12 ($3.00)!

Hit (4) Exacta in our Top 4 picks. Race 2 ($41.00), R3 ($53.40), R5 ($7.40), and R12 ($18.20).

Total - $120.00 for $2 wagers.

Hit (6) $1 Trifectas in R2 ($54), R3 ($88), R5 ($8), R7 ($69), R9 ($49) and R12 (38).

Total - $306 for $1 wagers.

Had (2) $1 Superfectas in R5 ($16)  and R12 ($173)!

Total - $189 for $1 wagers.

We also cashed (10) $2 Daily Doubles, Race 2 ($35.80), Race 3 ($28.00), Race 4 ($22.20), Race 5 ($6.80), Race 6 ($11.60), R7 ($54.00), R10 ($15.00), R11 ($57.40), R12 ($40.60) and R13 ($40.80).

Total - $312.20 for $2 wager.

Hit (6)  $1 Pick 3 in R4 ($37), R5 ($20), R6 ($19), R7 ($48), R12 ($73) and R13 ($201).

Total - $398 in $1 wagers.

Hit (1)  $1 Pick 4 in R12 ($37), R5 ($20), R6 ($19), R7 ($48), R12 ($73) and R13 ($201).

Total - $398 in $1 wagers.

Hit (1)  50 CENT Super High 5 in R12 ($609.55).

Total - $609.55 in 50 CENT wagers.

Grand Total Won - $1,934.75.

 

There were (6) winning Favorites as well as (4) winning 2nd Favorites in the 13 races on the day's card. The average Win payoff in the (13) races was very low $8.78

Next up is the Belmont Stakes - Leg 3 of the Triple Crown series ......

California Chrome will be attempting to become just the 12th Triple Crown winner and the first in 36 years in the Belmont Stakes. The last to attempt it was Big Brown in 2008 (who was pulled up and did not finish)!

He will have a BIG target on his back and we can be assured that the other runners/trainers will be trying to take him down!

Kentucky Derby runners that skipped the Preakness Stakes will be coming back to take him on again as well as some other "New Faces".

We can expect a record crowd at Belmont Park on June 7th cheering on California Chrome and the Triple Crown attempt!

Can he do it? Maybe .... but it will not be easy!


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Handicapping the 2013 Preakness Stakes Contenders....

 

 
Oxbow Cruises Home to Preakness UPSET!

ORB Disappoints Finishing 4th.....

Gary Stevens & D. Wayne Lukas Wins Another!

Oxbow Wins Preakness StakesOxbow and jockey Gary Stevens steals the Preakness Stakes going wire-to-wire!

In the words of Stevens, "Are You Kidding Me"?

Not only did he win a Triple Crown series race at the age of 50 but no other jockey thought he would win it on the front end!

No one challenged him at any point in the race! How does that happen?

Oxbow got a good jump out of the gate and went right to the lead. Stevens was able to slow things down getting 3/4 mile in 1:13.1 and then opened up his lead and it was too late for any another runner to catch him. Great ride by the recently un-retired Gary Stevens.

The fastest Preakness Stakes was Secretariat's of 1:53 2/5 set in 1973. Oxbow's final time was a slow 1:57 2/5 . That 4 second difference is equatable to 20 lengths!

The win also gave 77 year old trainer Lukas the all-time lead in Triple Crown race victories with 14. His last win was back in 1999 when he won the Preakness with Charismatic.

Oxbow  was just the 6th Preakness Stakes winner to go wire-to-wire since 1960.

ORB was the 6th odds-on favorite (3-5) in the past 12 years and just the 2nd NOT to win (Barbaro was the other in 2006).

Oxbow beat ORB by 9 lengths after having been beaten by ORB in the Kentucky Derby by 9 1/4 lengths. Talk about turning the tables!

Again there will be NO Triple Crown winner this year. It is now 36 years and counting since the last.

ORB proves once again, there is NO such thing as a LOCK in horse racing!

Derby horses finished 1-5. If you played a $1 trifecta box of the 6 Derby runners it would have cost you $120 and it returned $1,030!

Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
6 Oxbow G. Stevens $32.80 $12.00 $6.80
9 Itsmyluckyday J. Velazquez   $7.80 $5.00
5 Mylute R. Napravnik     $5.20
1 ORB
J. Rosario     -
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (6-9) $301.40
  $2.00 Trifecta (6-9-5) $2,061.60

$2.00 Superfecta (6-9-5-1) $3,634.60

 

Our Preakness Stakes & Full Card Picks Results:

ORB was our top selection to win the Preakness Stakes and continue on to the Belmont Stakes to attempt to become the 1st Triple Crown winner in 35 years. But that did not happen as Oxbow and jockey Gary Stevens stole the race going wire-to-wire.

We did use Oxbow and Mylute as in-the-money selections along with Will Take Charge (our longshot pick) and newcomer Departing.

We felt that Will Take Charge with jockey change to Mike Smith had the best shot of upsetting ORB for the win!

 

In our Full Card Selections:

We had (9) of the (13) winners in our Top 4 selections with (5) of them as our Top Pick!

Hit (8 of 13) Exacta in our Top 4 picks. Race 1 ($39.40), R2 ($12.00), R4 ($54.40), R7 ($41.80), R8 ($25.20), R9 ($112.80), R10 ($21.60) and R13 ($10.00).

Total - $317.20 for $2 wagers.

Hit (5) $1 Trifectas in R2 ($12), R4 ($172), R7 ($51), R8 ($22), R10 ($32).

Total - $289 for $1 wagers.

Had (4) $1 Superfectas in R2 ($71), R4 ($342), R7 ($410) and R8 ($93)!

Total - $916 for $1 wagers.

We also cashed (7) $2 Daily Doubles, Race 2 ($12.40), Race 3 ($13.60), Race 4 ($55.60), Race 7 ($28.20), Race 8 ($17.00), R9 ($34.80), R10 ($54.60).

Total - $216.20 for $2 wager.

Hit (3)  $1 Pick 3 in R4 ($69), R9 ($57) and R10 ($52).

Total - $386 in $1 wagers.

Grand Total Won - $2,124.40.

 

There were (7) Favorites that won in the 13 races on the card. The average Win payoff in the (13) races was $12.80

Next up is the Belmont Stakes - Leg 3 of the Triple Crown series ......


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I'll Have Another Win in the Triple Crown Series


I'll Have Another Comes out on Top of Bodemeister Again!

I'll Have Another Derby Win

Again I'll Have Another prevails over a game Bodemeister who could not hold the lead to the finish line!

It looked like again, that Bodemeister would prevail as the field hit the stretch. But I'll Have Another showed that he has a Big Heart and the stamina to win races as he won by a long-neck!

In both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, Bodemeister had every right to win them if it were not for the determined I'll Have Another.

Can anyone say Alydar / Affirmed??

They were the 2 best 3-year olds in 1978 when Affirmed prevailed in the Derby by 1 1/2 lengths. Then in the Preakness Stakes by a neck and finally in the Belmont Stakes by a head!

Affirmed was the last horse to win horse racing's Triple Crown.

Well Bodemeister is NOT going on to the Belmont Stakes, but certainly their 2 races were reminiscent of 1978 Affirmed / Alydar races!

 

Watch the 1978 Affirmed / Alydar Belmont Stakes race below. The last Triple Crown Winner!

 

But I'll Have Another is headed for the Belmont Stakes and an attempt to become horse racings' 12th Triple Crown winner! It will be an exciting time.

 

Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
9 I'll Have Another M. Gutierrez $8.40 $3.80 $2.80
7 Bodemeister M. Smith   $3.20 $2.80
6 Creative Cause J. Rosario     $3.60
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (9-7) $18.60
  $2.00 Trifecta (9-7-6) $70.80

$2.00 Superfecta (9-7-6-4) $848.60

 

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In our Preakness Stakes Picks & Wagering Strategy we picked I'll Have Another to beat Bodemeister and win the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown!

We did not feel that Bodemeister would improve over his Kentucky Derby effort and we thought that he might even regress further. Bodemeister still ran one hell of a race to ONLY lose by a neck at the wire!

Luckily for I'll Have Another, Pretension and Creative Cause went with Bodemeister to put some pressure on him early while I'll Have Another was able to rate behind them! That prevented Bodemeister from being able to lead on the front end by himself and save his energy for the stretch run!

All I'll Have Another had to do was time his move in the stretch to catch the leader just before the wire!

We felt there was a possibility that Bodemeister might only finish 3rd, thus providing us with higher payoffs in the Exoctic wagers!

Just as in Friday's races, front/early speed was NOT holding on Saturday's card. This track bias was NOT to Bodemeister's advantage, but was to I'll Have Another's!

Our Picks had I'll Have Another winning the race ($8.40 to Win) and we used the other Kentucky Derby runners to complete the Exacta ($18.60) and Trifecta ($70.80). We told our subscribers that the Derby runners will take 3 of the 4 spots in the Superfecta. Sure enough they took 1st, 2nd and 3rd with the NEW Shooters Zetterholm and Teeth of the Dog running 4th and 5th respectfully!

The Superfecta paid $424.30 for a $1 wager and the $1 Super High 5 paid $1,833.80

On the Preakness Day Under Card there were a ton of favorites winning the races which did not give us much in the way of big payoffs! In the (13) races on the card there were (9) winning favorites. The average Win payoff was a low $7.31 ......

The average payoff on the Exacta was only $38.14, the $1 Trifecta ($158.10), $1 Superfecta ($886.30), $2 Daily Double ($34.33), the 50 CENT Pick 3 ($46.76), and the 50 CENT Pick 4 ($324.45).

We had a lot of winners in our Preakness Day Full Card Picks with (12) winners in our top 4 selections with (6) of them as our Top Pick. We hit our (2) Best Bets on the card in race 2 and race 3.

In addition we hit (5) Exactas in R4 ($4.80), R6 ($29.80), R7 ($33.40), R9 ($69.40), R12 ($18.60). We also had (4) Trifectas and (2) Superfectas.

We also had (8) Daily Doubles in R2 ($8.00), R3 ($8.20), R4 ($5.00), R6 ($39.00), R8 ($55.80), R11 ($20.80), R12 ($38.20), R13 (15.80).

Our Picks also hit (4) Pick 3s - R4 ($4.50), R5 ($13.50), R7 ($131.30) and R12 ($49.20).

Next up is the Belmont Stakes and I'll Have Another's attempt at becoming just the 12th Triple Crown winner. You can expect record crowds at Belmont Park and a lot of excitement leading up to June 9th and possible horse racing history being made!


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Shackleford Holds off Animal Kingdom to Win the 2011 Preakness Stakes!

Congratulations to Shackleford and His Connections...


Again there will be NO Triple Crown Winner!


Shackleford held off Animal Kingdom by 3/4 of a length at the wire to win Preakness 136. He ran a terrific race on the front end just behind the pace setter Flaspoint, who ended up finishing last in a field of 14!

Shackleford Wins Preakness

He took over from Flashpoint at the top of the stretch then fought off the challenge of Astrology at the 1/8th pole and then dug in to hold off Animal Kingdom's late charge for the win.

Kentucky Derby favorite, Dialed In finished 4th missing out on a Special Bonus payday of $5.5 Million!

Shackleford did win a lesser Bonus of $550,000 for the win.


After acting up in loading into the starting gate and sweating a ton, he fired out of the gate like a rank horse and some how settled down to relax in 2nd behind Flashpoint. They ran a very fast opening quarter but then Shackleford was able to slow down the pace for the next 1/2 mile which left him with enough gas in the tank to hold off Animal Kingdom's fast closing charge in the stretch!

The shorter distance of the Preakness Stakes also a major difference in Shackleford's win and his loss (4th place) in the Kentucky Derby!
 
    Horse Jockey Win Place Show
 5   Shackleford J. Castanona $27.20 $10.20  $6.80
11   Animal Kingdom J. Velazquez   $4.20  $3.60
 1   Astrology Mike Smith      $8.00
10   Dialed In J. Leparoux      
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (5-11)       $114.80
  $2.00 Trifecta (5-11-1)    $1,401.80
  $2.00 Superfecta (5-11-1-10)  $6,212.60
  $2.00 Daily Double (4-5)       $65.20
  $2.00 B E Susan/Praekness (1-5)     $120.60
  $1.00 Pick 3 (2-3-5)       $29.10
  $1.00 Pick 4 (2-2-3-5)     $135.80
  $1.00 Pick 5 (5-2-2-3-5)     $730.65

 

On the Preakness Day Under Card there were a lot of Favorites winning which did not lend to many Big exotic payoffs! There were 13 races on the card with (7) Favorites winning, (2) others coming in 2nd and (2) second favorites winning!

The average payoff for the 50 Cent Pick 3 wagers was $89.84, the 50 Cent Pick 4 was $281 and the $2 Daily Double averaged only $71.82.

 

In our Preakness Stakes Picks we picked Animal Kingdom to win the race. We did not feel that Shackleford would be able to last running on the front end, especially with the much anticipated early speed pressure. We used Animal Kingdom and Mucho Mach Man on top of our exotic wagers. We did however, hit the $114 Exacta with our Bottom Wheel Exacta strategy. We also hit the Late Daily Double for $156.80 using the Derby runners with the last race winner!


Our Preakness Day Full Card Picks: did very well. In the (13) races we had (8) Winners in our Top 4 selections with (3) of them on Top.

We hit (8) Exactas with (5) in our Top 4 plus (3) others. They were R4 ($88.40), R6 ($57.40), R7 ($140.40), R8 ($91.80), R9 ($15.80), R10 ($10.40), R11 ($15.60) and R12 ($114.80). We also had (5) Trifecta and (2) Superfecta winners.

In addition we had (7) Daily Double winners in R2 ($56.60), R3 ($28.00), R9 ($27.80), R10 ($19.60), R11 ($7.60), R12 ($65.20) and R13 ($156.80)!

There were also (2) Pick 3 winners.

Next up is the Belmont Stakes with a RE-MATCH between Animal Kingdom & Shackleford!

 


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Lookin At Lucky Gets it Done in the Preakness Stakes!

  Jockey Change, Post #7 Changes His Luck .....

 

Lookin AT Lucky wins Lookin At Lucky Finally Gets the Luck on His side - Derby Winner Super Saver NO factor!
 
The Kentucky Derby favorite's luck finally changed after having bad luck in each of his 3 previous races this year.
 
The Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver finished a disappointing 8th tiring badly at the top of the stretch.
   
Lookin At Lucky raced in mid-pack early only about 4-5 lengths behind the pacesetter First Dude who was setting quick early fractions.
 
Super Saver was racing just a length or 2 behind First Dude and when he hit the top of the stretch he had no gas left in the tank and Lookin At Lucky had moved out ready to challenge First Dude through the stretch for the victory.
 
Preakness Finish However, First Dude was not going to give up the lead that easily as he fought back once Lucky took the lead at the 8th pole. First Dude fought hard but came up 3/4 of a length short while holding off the fast closing Jackson Bend for 2nd place. Less than a length separated the top 3 finishers Lookin At Lucky, First Dude and Jackson Bend!
 
Trainer Bob Baffert made a bold move by replacing Top U.S. jockey Garrett Gomez with the under rated Martin Garcia. That is a move that is not done very often in a Triple Crown race!
 
Baffert had not liked the way Gomez rode Lookin At Lucky in his last 2 races. The Rebel and the Santa Anita Derby. He wanted to make the change for the Kentucky Derby but the horses' owners vetoed the move.
 
Baffert had been wanting Gomez to get Lucky closer to the pace setters so that he would not run into traffic problems when making his move in the final turn.
 
Gomez however felt the horse ran better as a closer coming from further back in the field. This approach is what cost Lucky the Santa Anita Derby when on the rail in the final turn having to pickup the leaders and got into trouble when a horse in front of him had to checkup costing him the race.
 
Baffert wanted Lucky closer to the pace so he did not have to be on the rail and could make his move on the outside. After the race you could see how upset he was with the ride Gomez gave him.
 
Garcia is a young and upcoming jockey in S. California and is Baffert's backup jockey when Gomez is not available to ride. With Gomez spending the summer on the east Coast, Garcia will be getting most of Bafferts mount at Hollywood park.
 
This was Bob Baffert's 5th Preakness Stakes win. His first since War Emblem in 2002.
 
 
mine that bird winsAgain we will not have a horse going for the Triple Crown this year, but we will have 3 different winners in each leg of the Triple Crown series!
 
Calvin Borel's prediction of Super Saver winning the Triple Crown, came up short. Really short as he finished a disappointing 8th in the Preakness Stakes.
 
Will we ever have another Triple Crown winner??
 
Today's breed of thoroughbreds does not look like they have the stamina needed to race in ALL 3 races over 5 weeks yet alone win the 3 races! Heck they are having a difficult time in racing in 2 of the 3 races!
 
It has now been 33 years and counting since Affirmed won the Triple Crown in 1978!
 
 
Preakness Stakes Results:
 
     
Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
7 Lookin At Lucky M. Garcia $6.80 $4.60 $3.80
11 First Dude R. Dominguez   $16.60 $9.20
6
Jackson Bend M. Smith     $6.60
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (7-11) $188.60
  $2.00 Trifecta (7-11-6) $2,771.00

$2.00 Superfecta (7-11-6-12) $34,252.00

Watch Video Race Replay Preakness Stakes -Lookin At Lucky Wins!

 
Old Fashioned wins In our Preakness Stakes picks we had Super Saver as our TOP Pick over Lookin At Lucky.
 
We felt that Lookin At Lucky used up too much energy having to come from the back of the pack and getting crushed into the rail and other horses several times and still being able to close a ton of ground to finish 6th.
 
In contrast Super Saver had a rather easy time in the Derby getting a clean trip and on the rail. He looked like he still had a lot of gas left in the tank after the race and would be primed to continue his winning way in the Preakness!
 
We did list First Dude (24-1) as our Top runner for the Place position and Jackson Bend as one of the runners to be used in the Show position. So we were right there in our selections. Just took the wrong one of the 2 favorites to win the race.

Hopefully some of you also used Lookin At Lucky on top of our other selections for the Exacta ($188.60) and the Trifecta ($2,771.00).
 
Our Full Card selections performed well as we had 4 Winners on Top including the $30.20 winner in Race 11.
 
Prices were on the LOW side as there were (6) winning favorites and (3) winning 2nd favorites on the 13 race card!
 
We had (7) winning Exacta: Race1 ($32.60), Race 3 ($58.60), Race 6 ($25.00), Race 7 $29.40), Race 9 ($25.60), Race 10 ($252.40)and Race 11 ($131.20).
 
Our Full Card Selections also had (4) Trifecta: Race 3 ($307.20), Race 6 ($50.20), Race 9 ($104.80) and Race 11 (831.20). Also had the Superfecta in Race 6 ($117.10).
 
We also had (4) winning Daily Doubles, (1) Pick 3 and the Early Pick 4.
 
  

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Rachel "The Great" Alexandra!

  Mind That Bird 2nd .....

  History Was Made!

 
mine that bird wins Rachel Alexandra vs. Deby Winner Mine That Bird in the Preakness Stakes.
 
The race had all the anticipation that any horse racing fan would want.
 
For the first time EVER, the Kentucky Oaks winner was taking on the Kentucky Derby winner in the 2nd leg of the Triple CRown series.
   
NO Filly had won the Preakness Stakes since Nellie Morse in 1924.
(the last Filly to try was Excellent Meeting in 1999)
 
Mind That Bird won the Kentucky Derby at 50-1 odds going away from the field. It wasn't even close!
 
The question remained, was it a Fluke or was Mind That Bird that good?
 
For the FIRST time Ever the jockey gets off the Kentucky Derby winner to ride different horse in the Preakness Stakes! How crazy can that be?
 
After running over the field in the Kentucky Oaks and winning by 20 lengths, the owners of Rachel Alexandra decides to sell her to mega horse owner Jess Jackson (for an undisclosed sum)!
 
The new owners immediately pays a $100,00 entry feeto get her into the Preakness Stakes to take on the boys.
 
Rachele Alexandra wins Oaks Well the gal proved to be the BEST horse on Preakness day as she easily won the race in a near gate-to-wire fashion.
 
She had NO competition on the front end and her speed prevailed. Howver, the Derby winner, Mind That Bird came on at the end with his late-rally to finish in 2nd ONLY 1 length behind the Super Filly Rachel Alexandra!
 
Mind That Bird proved that his Derby win at 50-1 was no fluke and that he will be a Top Contender for some time.
 
Winning jockey Calvin Borel said after the race, "God only knows how good she is. She's everybody's dream horse. She's the greates I've ever been on"!
 
Rachel Alexandra is being hyped as the BEST female since the immortal Ruffian. I'am not so sure that is true. Howver, she did something that Ruffian never did. She beat the Boys and won a Triple Crown series race!
 
Will we get a rematch in the Belmont Stakes between Rachel Alexandra and Mind That Bird?
 
If so, the 2009 Triple Crown series will have been one of the most exciting in decades.
 
A 50-1 Derby winner, a Filly wins the Preakness (Derby winner 2nd) and a Belmont Stakes rematch between both! 
 
Mind That Bird is committed to run in the Belmont Stakes. Rachel Alexandra has not yet decided one way or the other. Let's hope she shows up!
 
NO Filly has EVER won 2 legs of the Triple Crown races. In the last 75 years, ONLY 2 have ever tried. They were Winning Colors and Genuine Risk.
 
Will Rachel Alexandra continue to make history?
 
mine that bird wins We will not have a horse going for the Triple Crown this year, but we do have a jockey attempting to win it. Calvin Borel will be riding either Rachel Alexandra or Mind That Bird in the Belmont Stakes!
 
Calvin has now won the Kentucky Oaks, Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes. Will he win the Belmont Stakes?
 
 
Preakness Stakes Results:
 
     
Post Horse Jockey Win Place Show
13 Rachel Alexandra C. Borel $5.60 $4.60 $3.60
2 Mind That Bird M. Smith   $6.60 $4.80
3
Musket Man E. Coa     $5.00
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (13-2) $39.20
  $2.00 Trifecta (13-2-3) $216.20

$2.00 Superfecta (13-2-3-10) $2,903.80

Watch Video Race Replay Preakness Stakes -Rachel Alexandra Beat the Boys!

 
Old Fashioned wins In our Preakness Stakes picks we had Rachel Alexandra as our TOP Pick and a solid lock for the win.
 
We used Musket Man as our most likely horse to be with her at the end of the race followed by Mind That Bird and Pioneerof the Nile.
 
We thought that if for some reason Rachel could not hold the lead the worst she would do is finish 2nd and that Musket Man would have the best chance of finishing on top.
 
We won with Rachel Alexandra as our Top Pick, and had the Exacta and Trifecta. We missed the Superfecta. Our picks also had the Blackeyed Susan / Preakness Double wager.
 

Our Full Card selections performed well as we had (4) Winners on Top with (6) other Winners in our Top 4 selectiosn.

We had (6) Exacta winners in our Top 4 horses withe largest being $222.60, 2 of our Top Longshots finished 2nd in Race 3 and 11, we had (2) Trifecta winners, (2) Daily Doubles, (1) Pick3 and the Late Pick 4.  
 

Can You Say Brown Crown?

    Big Brown Cruises to Win Easily!

Big Brown looked like he was just out for a morning workout as he easily put away his rivals in the Preakness Stakes. He is now  undefeated in 5 career starts and became ONLY the the 4th  undefeated Derby - Preakness horse and headed for the Belmont Stakes looking for a Triple Crown!

Big Brown The other 3 being Smarty Jones (2004), Seattle Slew (1977) and Majestic Prince (1969). Only Seattle Slew was able to win the Belmont Stakes.

Big Brown has never been really challenged in any of his 5 career races. Again jockey Kent Desormeaux gave him a PERFECT ride pulling away from the field and then powering him down in the final yards as he had  a  5 1/4 length lead.

Big Brown Desormeaux actually looked behind him 2 times to see if anyone was coming after him!

No one was and so he did the smart thing and powered down Big Brown so that he did not expend all of his energy in the race which should have him ready for the 1 1/2 Mile of the Belmont Stakes.

Amazingly Desormeaux never used the whip and basically just hand rode him through the stretch to the wire! I can not remember when the last time that I saw that happen in a Triple Crown series race.

Big Brown tied as the 4th lowest payoff in Preakness history with Native Dancer in 1953. He was sent off at 1-5 odds which was a shorter price than Secretariat in 1973 who went on to win the Belmont Stakes by a record 31 lengths!

    Horse Jockey Win Place Show
7   Big Brown K. Desormeaux $2.40 $2.60 $2.40
1   Macho Again J. Leparoux   $17.20 $10.40
3   Icabad Crane J. Rose     $5.60
      EXOTIC PAYOFFS:
  $2.00 Exacta (7-1) $35.60
  $2.00 Trifecta (7-1-3) $336.80
  $2.00 Superfecta (7-1-3-6) $2,384.60

To Watch a Video Replay of the Preakness Stakes Click below

 

Big Brown is far superior to any of the 3-year olds he has faced in the first 2 legs of the Triple Crown, Kentucky Derby and Preakness. In total he has put away ALL 29 challengers he faced in the Derby and Preakness.

I do believe his competition has been weak this year as none of those runners have gotten close to his speed numbers. It is not that Big Brown is that fast ...  it is that none of his challengers have any speed what's so ever!

None of those other horses would have been competive in any of the previous 10 years of Triple Crown races.!

Big Brown would be but probably would not be undefeated!


In our Preakness Stakes Picks, we explained that Big Brown would win easily and that the race would be for 2nd, 3rd and 4th.

We felt that the payoffs for the Trifecta and Superfect wagers would be O.K. and that you needed to play the Pick4 and Pick3 wagers using Big Brown as a single in the wagers.

The Preakness payouts gave us back $36.60 for the Exacta, $336.80 for the Trifecta and $1,192.30 for the Superfecta while the Pick4 paid $1,182.20, the Pick3 $415.80 and the Pick6 $3,863.40.

We had the Exacta and Trifecta. In our wagering strategy we gave you a couple of different ways to play the Trifecta.

A $20 Exacta play paid you $366. 

In Race 11 the No.9 scratched and if you replaced him with the No. 7 (2nd favorite) horse you had the Pick3 and Pick4 winners which paid a total of $799 for a $1 wager.

The early races had a lot of scratches which made for smaller fields and lower payouts. Because of that we had a lot of favorites winning. In all there were 8 winning favorites in 13 races along with 2 2nd favorites.

Using our selections for the Pick3 and Pick4 in the Daily Double, Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta wagers for those races we had (7) Daily Doubles for $237.80, (4) Pick3 that paid $698.20. the Early Pick4 for $318.20, (5) Exactas for $130.60, (4) Trifectas paid $463.80 and (2) Superfecta for $614.20.


What a Finish!

Curlin Comes Back to Nip Street Sense
at the Wire.
 
2007 Preakness Stakes LogoWas that an exciting finish or what?
 

After being beat by Street Sense in the stretch, he digs in and comes back to beat him on the wire by a short neck!

Now that is a horse with a Big heart and a lot of determination to win.
 

He can no longer be called inexperienced with the those last 2 races under his saddle.

A record crowd of 118,402 witnessed one of the most exciting finishes in a Preakness Stakes ever!

After coming into the Kentucky Derby with only 3 races in his career and none as a 2-year old, he now can be considered a very experienced runner with lots of racing foundation and a Triple Crown race win and 3rd place finish to his credit. His record is now 5-4-0-1.

What's next? The Belmont Stakes?

Street Sense ran his race and in my mind, should have won if not for a let up by his jockey! He made his typical move from 8th at the top of stretch to pass everyone including Curlin to get the lead moving down the stretch.

In the middle of the stretch Street Sense had a 2 length lead and was head to the Belmont Stakes for a run at the Triple Crown, but wait, here comes Curlin back, refusing to stop and caught the day dreaming Calvin Borel at the wire.

Give all the credit to Curlin he is one determined runner and should do well in 3 weeks at the Belmont Stakes.

Here is what jockey Borel had to say after the race, "I thought it was all over when I got by Hard Spun turning for home" and "I thought he was just going to gallop. But things happen. He just got to gawking 40 yards from home and he just got outrun".

Is that right Calvin? It was Street Sense's fault for gawking around! I think it was YOUR fault for gawking around, looking behind you and not keeping your horse focused to the wire!

As much credit as you got for your ride in the Kentucky Derby, you should get As Much credit for the loss in the Preakness Stakes!

The race was run in a super fast time of 1.53 2/5 which tied the Preakness record set by Louis Quatorze (1996) and Tank's Prospect (1985).

I expected a really fast pace up front for Street Sense to close into and he got it, which set the race up for him to win. He got everything his way, except for the photo at the wire!

Unfortunately, it was the 1-2-3 finishers of the Kentucky Derby that made up the 1-2-3 finish in the Preakness Stakes which did not give us payouts worth cashing.

The Exacta returned $23.20 for a $2 wager, the $1 Trifecta paid a measley $25.00 with the $1 Superfecta brought back $340.30!

The average $2 Exacta over the past 10 years is $98.66 with the highest being $327.00, the average $1 Trifecta over those years is $361.25 with the highest being $1,956.40 and the $1 Superfecta averaged $5,843.14 with the higest being $18,887.60.

In general it was not a very good day at Pimlico for getting any value in the races as there were a lot of 1st and 2nd favorites winning most races on the card! The track at Pimlico was certainly a speed favoring one.

The early Pick 4, which we hit, only paid $93.70 for the $1 wager and the Late Pick 4 for a $1 paid $220.10. These are not the type of payouts we are looking for in a Triple Crown Series race!

In the 13 races on the Preakness card, there were (7) winning favorites with (4) 2nd favorites and (1) 3rd favorite winning. There was ONLY 1 race that a non-top 3 favorite did not win. Unbelievable!

I am a value seeking handicapper when it comes to the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes. By no means am I looking for the 3 favorites to ALL be in-the-money!

The $2 Black Eyed Susan / Preakness Stakes Double wager paid a low $34.80 when the favorite in the B.E. Susan won. How much would it have paid if Street Sense had won?

It has not been a good year for getting value in the Triple Crown series with 3 of the top 4 favorites getting 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Kentucky Derby and then the same 3 favorites getting 1-2-3 in the Preakness Stakes.

Curlin, Street Sense and Hard Spun certainly are the 3 BEST 3-year old horses in the country.

With ONLY the Belmont Stakes remaining this year, we might finally get some good payoffs because I do not think Street Sense or Hard Spun will show up there.

Watch out for Derby horses that did not run in the Preakness to show up in the Belmont Stakes. Curlin will certainly be the favorite to win the Belmont Stakes.

Barbaro's Shattered Dreams!!


UNBELIEVABLE, as a record crowd of 118,402 racing fans at Pimlico watched Barbar's dreams for a Triple Crown disappear in a horrible accident at the start of the 131st Preakness Stakes!

As he suffered a career ending and maybe life ending injury when he sustained a condylar fracture above is right ankle and another velow the ankle.

Before the race, Barbaro had broke through the starting gate and had to be reloaded. Then the gates opened and he fired out at the start of the race only to be pulled up 150-200 yards later by jockey Edgar Prado.

At the moment, fans in the stands, at tracks around the country, at OTBs and at home watching the race on TV were stunned as they witnessed the 1-2 Preakness favorite shatter his leg and their dreams to finally get a Triple Crown Winner!

Barbaro was immediately transported off the track and onto the Bolton Center outside of Philadelphia for surgery bt Dr. Larry Bramlage and a team of 5 vets. The surgery lasted 8 hours and resulted in Barbaro having a metal plate and 27 screws placed in his leg to try and save him.

The Doctors give him a 50-50 chance to survive ...........

Bernardini Wins the 131st Preakness

The lightly raced A.P. Indy colt took a major step up in stakes competition as he easily won by 5 1/4 lengths ahead of Derby runner Sweetnorthernsaint.

With the BREAKDOWN of Barbaro, it is difficult to say how Berbardini would have fared. It is safe to say that he would have NOT won .... Barbaro would have won the race!!!

Bernardini paid $27.80, $9.40 and $5.80 for the Win, Place and Show bets. He was the 4th favorite in a 9 horse field.

2nd place finisher Sweetnorthernsaint paid $7.80 and $5.00 for the Place and Show bets. Hemingway's Key paid $8.00 for the Show wager.

Second favorite Brother Derek finished a non-threatening 4th, 11 1/4 lengths behind the winner.

The Exacta paid $171.60, the Trifecta $3,912.80 and the $1 Superfecta brought back $11,151.20.

My picks had Barbaro winning. So because he did not finish the race, we lost our Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta wagers. Oh well, that is horse racing ....

If you got my picks you would have known that had much the better chance of beating Barbaro than did the 2nd favorite Brother Derek. You also would have known that I liked SweetnorthernsaintBernardini to run well and be in-the-money because he had earned a fast speed rating in the last 1/4 mile of his last race. Anytime a horse runs his last quarter mile in :25.2 or less he will run well his next time out.

In my Picks I indicated that playing the 2 Pick 4 wagers on the card were our best chance of getting a payoff with the 1-2 odds of Barbaro. Well we had the first 3 legs in the late Pick 4 and when Barbaro went down so did our Pick 4.

In the early Pick 4 wager we hit the first 3 legs and missed the 4th leg by a head and also a $1,200 payoff.

Well now with the Kentucky Derby winner out of the Belmont Stakes and Preakness winner Bernardini NOT running in the Belmont, look for this year's race to be WIDE OPEN ...  it should offer us some nice wagering opportunities and a great chance to cash some very nice tickets!!

Our Belmont Picks will be available late Wednesday night before the race which is Saturday June 10.






Afleet Alex Overcomes to Win Preakness!

Afleet Alex provided us with one of the most unbelievable races in 100 years!

He and his jockey Jeremy Rose showed us how athletic they both are when Scrappy T veered sharply out into the lane just as Afleet Alex was about to take over the lead at the top of the stretch.

Alex clipped heels and went down to his knees and some how the jockey held on as Alex recovered and moved boldly into the lead as he won by 4 3/4 lengths. It was a gutsy display of heart and determination by both!

Afleet Alex finished first (6-1) followed by Scrappy T (13-1), Derby winner Giacomo (6-1) and Sun King (21-1), The Exacta paid $150.60, Trifecta $872.00 and the Superfecta $20,724.60.

We had the Trifecta and also collected on the Exacta. We had Giacomo as our Win horse so we did not collect our Win & Place wager. However our wager strategy allowed us to cash the Trifecta and Exacta tickets. Not bad for the second leg of the Triple Crown sereies.

Below is a copy of betting transactions from my BRISBet online account.



My Preakness Stakes picks cost ONLY $12 and we got $588.60 in winning tickets!!

Not bad for $12.

Come back for our Belmont Stakes picks. They will be available on Wednesday evening before the race......

 

2004 Preakness Review & Winner Smarty Jones

Smarty Jones routed 9 hopelessly overmatched oppenents, finishing a whopping 11 1/2 lengths ahead of runner up Rock Hard Ten. It was the largest winning margin in the 129 runnings of the 2nd leg of the Triple Crown series!

His record is now 8 races and 8 victories! Still undefeated and headed to the Belmont Stakes to make history. He will be trying to become the 1st Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978 and the 1st Undefeated Triple Crown Winner since Seattle Slew in 1977.

If he wins the Belmont Stakes, he will become racing's richest horse ever!

He looked like he won the race easy and being from Philly, I got goosebumps just watching him pull away down the stretch. It simply is unbelievable watching this horse get better with each race while his competitors are never the same after having raced against him.

Even though we did not get any big pay backs, we were right on mark with using the best of the newcomers in the Exacta and Trifecta and using Lion Heart in the 4th position. If you had purchased our picks & wagering strategy, you knew that Lion Heart would only hold on for 4th and no better and that Smarty Jones was a dead LOCK to win the race.

Remember, we also stated that the 3rd Leg of The Triple Crown would be the most difficult for Smarty Jones to win because the other connections will be plotting a strategy to pull off the upset!

The Derby horses that did not show up for the Preakness and are planning on going to the Belmont have been training and preparing to beat Smarty Jones.

I will be following not only Smarty Jones' workouts and conditioning here in Philly, but will also be following the other horses workouts and trainer's strategy for pulling off the upset.

My Belmont Picks & Waggering Strategy will be availble on the Thursday morning before the race. Please come back then to get them.

2003 Preakness Review & The Winner Funny Cide!


With a stunning 9 3/4 length romp in the 128th Preakness Stakes, Funny Cide heads back to his home track in New York for an attempt to become ONLY the 12th horse in history to win a Triple Crown!!

He is the 5th horse in the last 7 years to have a chance to accomplish horse racing's most difficult and elusive feat.

Funny Cide is a great story with Barclay Tagg, the 65 year old trainer who had NEVER even been to the Kentucky Derby, let alone have a horse running in it...... and the owners, Sackatoga Stable comprised of a group of High School buddies who are not millionaires like most of the owners of Triple Crown horses.

This is absolutly GREAT for horse racing everywhere!!!

We will be right there with everyone cheering on Funny Cide to WIN the Triple Crown on June 7. If you had purchased our Preakness Picks, then you had a very good day. We hit the Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta!!

That is correct, if you used all of our A, B and C horses, you cashed some nice winning tickets.

The $2 payoffs were Exacta $120.60, Trifecta $684.20 and the Superfecta $ 1,584.40.

The key to the payoffs was having Midway Road in the second place.

If you had our picks and powerful wagering strategy, then you understand the importance we place on having the correct bloodlines for winning Triple Crown races.

The key was to identify any of the horses that did not run in the Derby who had the proper pedigree traits that win Triple Crown races. Those horses were Midway Road, Kissin Saint and Cherokee's Boy.

I actually thought that Kissin Saint had the better chance to win than Midway Road. However, having a powerful wagering strategy provided me the opportunity to cash some very nice tickets.

I have scanned in a print out from my BRISBet account showing my betting tickets and payoffs.




 
 
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