In recent years, it’s been difficult to cash big “Win” tickets at the Preakness Stakes. According to ESPN’s Chris Fallica, 13 of the last 16 Preakness winners were either the first or second betting choice. So if a big score isn’t in the cards for a straight bet, perhaps you turn to some Preakness props. Our friends at CG Technology have released their first round of prop options for Saturday’s race at Pimlico in Baltimore.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Marco D’Angelo has an awesome recap of his notes from the Kentucky Derby and some of his thoughts heading into the second leg of the Triple Crown. Here are a couple other betting tidbits, courtesy of Fallica…

  • The fav/2nd fav exacta bet hasn’t hit at the Preakness since 1981.
  • Only three of the last 16 Preakness winners have been longer than 7/2 odds at post time.
  • Recent runner-up finishers have scored nice prices for bettors. The last four “place” horses have gone off at: 17-1, 29-1, 10-1, and 9-1.
  • Favorites have won eight of the last 13 Triple Crown races. Favorites had won just eight of the previous 28.
  • Only five horses have finished 7th or worse in the Kentucky Derby then won the Preakness (last one 1996). This year, that includes Hence and Gunnevera.

Jay Richards

Freelance sports writer for a number of local, regional, and national outlets. Owner of a 2014-15 Ohio State National Championship ticket at 75-1. Thank you, Urban Meyer, for funding that vacation to the Bahamas. Proud Penn State graduate and member of the Oakland Raiders' Black Hole.

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