The Preakness Stakes, one of the most popular online horse betting events within the US, will be held this upcoming Saturday. As is tradition, the Preakness Stakes are held on the third Saturday of each May, which happens to fall on May 20th. The second most popular Grade I race in the US, the Preakness owes a lot of its viewership to the Kentucky Derby. The Derby is without a question the most viewed race in the US and since it’s so close to the Preakness, the spike in interest in horse betting that the Derby causes flows over into the Stakes. Nevertheless, this year’s Preakness promises to be as thrilling, if not more exhilarating, than this year’s Derby.
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At the Kentucky Derby, it was Always Dreaming who made his dream come true by coming away with the first leg of the Triple Crown. Since then, the steed has been doing everything but living up to its name. The latest reports indicate that Always Dreaming finished the Derby relatively intact, and since then, the colt has been practicing with the pedal to the metal. Always Dreaming’s team might want to get the steed to relax a bit ahead of Saturday’s online horse betting event, or risk having him be a bit warn down. But whatever they end up deciding to do, punters can rest assured knowing that when it comes down to it, Always Dreaming will be committed to winning.
142nd Preakness Stakes – Saturday, May 20th
When: Coverage Begins at 5 pm ET
Where: Pimlico Race Course, Maryland
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
Purse: $1.5 million
Distance: 1 3/16 miles
Post Time: 7:35 pm ET
Record: 1:53 Secretariat (1973)
While many punters will feel comfortable picking Always Dreaming, is his win a guarantee? Unfortunately, the Kentucky Derby didn’t exactly answer that question as boldly as we would’ve liked.
Kentucky Derby Left us Dazed ‘N’ Confused
The problem many punters are facing ahead of this year’s Preakness is that the 2017 Kentucky Derby left us in the dark. This was all due to the Derby’s ‘heavy slop’, caused by less than stellar weather leading up to the event. A poor track can skewer even the best colt’s performance, and because of this it raises questions about Always Dreaming’s chances ahead of the Preakness. This has resulted in a Triple Crown picture that remains somewhat out of sight, and refuses to come any closer.
This uncertainty could cause a lucky punter to reap in some huge payouts, and it could spell trouble for anybody who feels overconfident with Always Dreaming’s chances. There’s no denying the colt and entire team are riding a tremendous wave of confidence, but that doesn’t always resort in a win in online horse betting.