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2018 Preakness Stakes: Top Horses to Bet, Predictions and Betting Odds

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
2018 Preakness Stakes Betting Preview, odds and best bets to make

With the 2018 Kentucky Derby well behind us, online horse betting players have found something else to wager on. No doubt there is plenty of 2018 Preakness Stakes betting action for these punters to get in on. Let’s mulch over some pertinent information for this year’s event before taking a look at the parlay payout odds.

2018 Preakness Stakes – Saturday, May 19th

When: Coverage Begins 9:00 pm ET

Where: Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, Maryland


Stream: NBC Extra

This weekend’s racebook news seems to have set the stage for the 2018 Preakness Stakes. Specifically, Good Magic decided to commit to this year’s action while Bolt d’Oro announced that he will not be running. All in all, that gives online horse betting players an 8-horse field for the 143rd Preakness at Pimlico. Set to be held this Saturday, that 8-horse field should deliver a breathtaking spectacle.

Nevertheless, it’s been a while since we’ve seen an 8-horse field. Three years to be exact, since the 2015 Preakness Stakes featured that short field. Unsurprisingly, it was Bob Baffert-trained American Pharoah who won the second leg of the Triple Crown. In fact, American Pharoah was on his way to becoming the 1st Triple Crown winner since Affirmed back in 1978. Justify, who won this year’s Kentucky Derby, looks to follow in American Pharoah’s footsteps this weekend. Luckily for Justify, he also happens to be trained by none other than Bob Baffert. Considering that Baffert has brought 4 different Derby winners to a winning run at the Preakness, Justify has a great chance of coming out on top this weekend.

Undoubtedly, Justify will open as this year’s racebook favorite to win the event. However, he’s not the only steed punters can back this weekend. Let’s take a look at what kind of 2018 Preakness Stakes betting odds the field is facing this year.

2018 Preakness Stakes Betting Odds

  • Justify: -200
  • Good Magic: +450
  • Diamond King: +1600
  • My Boy Jack: +1600
  • Hofburg: +1800
  • Runaway Ghost: +1800
  • Telekinesis: +2000
  • Bravazo: +2500
  • Quip: +2500
  • Sporting Chance: +3300
  • Noble Indy: +6600

As was to be expected, Justify has opened as a massive online horse betting favorite. While there won’t be any shortage of punters looking to take Justify this weekend, he’s certainly not the only horse worth backing. Let’s break down some of this weekend’s bets, including Justify.


Justify turned heads when he won the Kentucky Derby as a two-year old. However, his most recent run was as an impressive run as you’ll ever see. Not only did Justify start extremely fast in the first half mile, he did so over a very sloppy track. All in all, Justify was overly impressive in his first three runs of the year and even more so at the Derby. Everyone will be picking him to win.

Good Magic

The second biggest favorite of the event, Good Magic has plenty in the tank to pull out a win this weekend. However, it’s unlikely that he’ll be able to beat Justify at Justify’s best. Notwithstanding that statement, there are plenty of things that can go wrong for Justify this weekend. If they do, punters can expect Good Magic to come out on top.


Although inexperience is his Achilles heel, Quip is one of this year’s best sleeper picks. While he might not have shown the top-level talent to turn heads, he has plenty of gas in the tank. Not to mention that those odds make him an extremely lucrative betting online horse betting option this weekend.