Preakness Stakes Odds 2019

145th Preakness Stakes is Saturday, May 16, 2020. Once contenders are determined, and prices are posted, watch for full coverage of betting options for this Triple Crown race. We are horse wagering enthusiasts!

144th running of the Preakness is scheduled for May 18, 2019, at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. With 1-2-3 Kentucky Derby finishers, Country House, Code of Honor, Tacitus, passing on the Preakness, the run for the Woodlawn Vase has attracted a large field of 13 hopeful runners. 

With the May 15 post position draw complete, pony bettors can take a shot at Triple Crown horse racing action in the futures market below. It's a prime opportunity to buy rich prices as Bodog and other top racebooks list Preakness Stakes odds until the field leaves the gate. Refreshed May 18, 2019, we update our lines daily until the battle for the Black-Eyed Susan Blanket begins.

144th Preakness Stakes Post Time: A field of 13 horses, in Race #13 at Pimlico, leave the gate at 6:48 PM ET. Get 'em all around safely!

Race Day Update 18/05/19: Near perfect weather is dawning over Pimlioc Race Course. Unlike the sloppy conditions at Churchill Downs two weeks ago, the second leg of the US horse racing Triple Crown will run on a fast track. We like Improbable, Alwaysmining, Owendale and Warrior's Charge on exoctic tickets. Click a bookmaker below to place your 2019 Preakness Stakes wagers!

Preakness Stakes 2019 Recap: Void of the drama that played out during and after the 2019 Kentucky Derby, apart from Bodexpress tossing rider John Velazquez when the gates opened, the 2019 Preakness Stakes went off clean. Congratulations to War of Will and rookie jockey Tyler Gaffalione who won his first ever Triple Crown race. Longshot Everfast was second while mid-favorite Owendale ran third. Payouts for the 144th Preakness Stakes:

  • War of Will: Win $14.20 Place $7.40 Show $5.40
  • Everfast: Place $32.00 Show $14.40
  • Owendale: Show $ 6.00
  • $2 Exacta (1 + 10): $947.00
  • $1 Trifecta (1 + 10 + 5): $4,699.80
  • $1 Superfecta (1 + 10 + 5 + 3): $51,924.00

Online bookmakers closing odds for the exciting 144th Preakness Stakes:

Post Postion - Horse - Finish 
#1 War Of Will (1st) +333 +400 +400
#10 Everfast (2nd) +10K +5000 +5000
#5 Owendale (3rd) +1100 +800 +800
#3 Warrior's Charge (4th) +1400 +1200 +1400
#11 Laughing Fox (5th) +4000 +2000 +2000
#4 Improbable (6th) +200 +250 +250
#13 Win Win Win (7th) +1400 +1500 +1400
#2 Bourbon War (8th) +900 +1200 +600
#8 Signalman (9th) +2500 +3000 +2000
#12 Anothertwistafate (10th) +900 +600 +700
#7 Alwaysmining (11th) +700 +800
+600
#6 Market King (12th) +4000 +2500 +3300
#9 Bodexpress (DNF) +2500 +2000 +20000

Improbable (fourth in the Kentucky Derby) leads the list for trainer Bob Baffert at +250 (wager $1.00 to win $2.50), which appears to be a very short price despite the colt's talent and Baffert's penchant for winning this race - something he's done 7 times to date. With the tight turns at Pimlico Race track and Derby participants returning on just two weeks rest, the familiar Preakness variables confront some of the better-known horses on the list above.

Preakness 2019 entries and odds

Preakness odds

On paper, Improbable is the deserving favorite. He's yet to run a bad race, and will be the highest-placed Derby finisher coming back to contest the Preakness. Value, however, is not on the side of those willing to take Improbable do so at 3.50 best value chalk odds at Bodog. Those looking to play against the heavy favorite can easily point to the colt's 0 for 3 record this year.

Improbable Preakness Stakes Odds To Win
+250

Much was made of War of Will's (+400) bad racing luck in the Kentucy Derby. The Mark Casse-trained colt appeared to have forward momentum in the Churchill Down's stretch before the well-publicized incident that led to Maximum Security's unprecented disqualification.

War of Will was indeed impacted the most when Maximum Security drifted out in the stretch, clipping heels and miraculously avoiding a nasty spill. All that said, I'm not sure War of Will was making enough headway to hit the board.

Whether or not you agree with that sentiment, War of Will will assuredly be overbet by those influenced from watching the Derby replay a thousand or so times. His Preakness win odds are short at +400 - especially considering this is the future's market. 

War of Will Preakness Stakes Odds
+400

Taking another look at the 2019 Preakness lineup odds, SportsInteraction has Alwaysmining (+800) and Bourbon War (+1200) as upper mid-level chalk. Neither has done enough to be considered a top three choice. The former rides a six-race win streak into the Preakness and has ample experience with a whopping 12 career starts, but will face a major step-up in class.

The latter horse, Bourbon War, ran a respectable fourth in the Florida Derby - a race won by Maximum Security, and would seem to be the better of these two choices. 

Bourbon War Preakness Stakes Odds
+1200

Preakness Stakes post positions, horses and jockeys

Vying for the Woodlawn Vase, here are the horses and riders for the 144th Preakness Stakes. Jockey's best Preakness results follow their names:

  • #1 War of Will - Tyler Gaffalione: 1st Preakness Stakes mount.
  • #2 Bourbon War - Irad Ortiz Jr: 5th on Lone Sailor (2018)
  • #3 Warrior's Charge - Javier Castellano: 1st Bernardini (2006) Cloud Computing (2017)
  • #4 Improbable - Mike Smith: 1st Prairie Bayou (1993)  Justify (2018) 
  • #5 Owendale - Florent Geroux: 6th on Loaban (2016)
  • #6 Market King - Jon Count: 9th on Percy Hope (2001)
  • #7 Alwaysmining - Daniel Centeno: 1st Preakness Stakes mount.
  • #8 Signalman - Brian Hernandez Jr: 6th on Departed (2013)
  • #9 Bodexpress - John Velazquez: 2nd Itsmyluckyday (2013) Animal Kingdom (2011)
  • #10 Everlast - Joel Rosario: 2nd Ride on Curlin (2014) Tale of Verve (2015)
  • #11 Laughing Fox - Ricardo Santana Jr: 3rd on Tenfold (2018)
  • #12 Anothertwistafate - Jose Ortiz: 4th on Good Magic (2018)
  • #13 Win Win Win - Julian Pimentel: 8th on Kid Cruz (2014)

Preakness Stakes Picks

Considering the context of the future's market for Preakness odds 2019, I insist on getting maximum value. Obvioulsy, the longer we wait, the less value there is likely to be. I was visually impressed with the move Owendale made in the Bluegrass Stakes and he seems like a very reasonable selection at 12.00 in the futures pool posted above. This colt is trained by the up-and-coming Brad Cox, who seems certain to win an American Classic sooner rather than later. 

preakness picks

Owendale seems to be thriving physically right now and looks like the kind of agile horse that should appreciate the tight configuration of Pimlico. I also like that Owendale seems versatile enough to adjust to a variety of pace scenarios. My guess is that he will be less than the 11/1 you're getting in the future pool by the time the gates open on May 18. 

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Owendale Preakness Stakes Odds
+1100

What are the types of Preakness Stakes Odds

As with any big betting race, there is a plethora of different ways to wager. 

Preakness Stakes Live Odds

To simplify things greatly, "live odds" are simply the odds that are created by the distribution of the betting public's money once a race is open for wagering on race day. Once post positions are drawn for the Preakness on May 15, the morning line oddsmaker will establish a price. From there, once betting opens on the race, all prices and odds will be determined by how much money ends up on a specific horse. Wagering with "live odds" has pros and cons. Occassionally, the betting public will undervalue a horse, allowing bettors to capitalize. In other instances, a player may watch his odds diminish on the horse he likes, simply because the bulk of the wagering dollars land on the same animal. 

Preakness Stakes odds

Preakness Stakes Multirace Exotics

A highlight of Preakness Stakes betting, and all big race day betting, is that bets like the daily double, pick 3, pick 4, pick 5 and pick 6 feature a series of top-quality racing action, usually culminating with the main event. The object of these wagers is to pick the winner (using either single combinations or multiple) in a specified sequence of races (i.e: pick 3 equals 3 straight races). Multirace wagers that end with the Preakness usually offer excellent wagering value. 

Preakness Stakes Exacta, Trifecta and Superfecta Wagering Odds

Another very popular menu of exotic wagers includes picking the top finishers within the same race. An exacta involves picking the top two, the trifecta the top three, and the superfecta the top four. These bets can be played "staight," "boxed," or in combination as a "wheel." Preakness exactas, trifectas and superfectas are extremely popular and offer the opportunity to connect with large payouts. 

How long is the Preakness Stakes

Pimlico Race Track

The Preakness Stakes is the middle leg of the American Triple Crown, preceded by the Kentucky Derby and followed by the Belmont Stakes. It always takes place exactly two weeks after the Derby and three weeks before the Belmont.

The Preakness is held at the unique race distance of 1 and 3/16 miles on the main track.

Pimlico is often noted for sharp, tight turns, and typically lends itself to runners who possess early speed. The Preakness was first held in 1873, three years before the first Kentucky Derby. 

Preakness Stakes all-time champions

Like all crowning races in horse racing, the Preakness has been won by many of the all-time great thoroughbreds. Begining with the most recent triumps of eventual Triple Crown heroes Justify (2018) and American Pharoah (2015), the Preakness has also been claimed by racing immortals like Rachel Alexandra (2009), Seattle Slew (1977), Secertariat (1973), and War Admiral in 1937.

Year Preakness Stakes Winning Horse
2019 War of Will
2018 Justify (Triple Crown Winner)
2017 Cloud Computing
2016 Exaggerator
2015 American Pharaoh (Triple Crown Winner)
2014 California Chrome
2013 Oxbow
2012 I'll Have Another
2011 Shackleford
2010 Lookin At Lucky
2009 Rachel Alexandra (Filly)
2008 Big Brown
2007 Curlin
2006 Bernardini
2005 Afleet Alex
2004 Smarty Jones
2003 Funny Cide
2002 War Emblem
2001 Point Given
2000 Red Bullet
1999 Charismatic
1998 Real Quiet
1997 Silver Charm
1996 Louis Quatorze
1995 Timber Country
1994 Tabasco Cat
1993 Prairie Bayou
1992 Pine Bluff
1991 Hansel
1990 Summer Squall
1989 Sunday Silence
1988 Risen Star
1987 Alysheba
1986 Snow Chief
1985 Tank's Prospect
1984 Gate Dancer
1983 Deputed Testamony
1982 Aloma's Ruler
1981 Pleasant Colony
1980 Codex
1979 Spectacular Bid
1978 Affirmed (Triple Crown Winner)
1977 Seattle Slew (Triple Crown Winner)
1976 Elocutionist
1975 Master Derby
1974 Little Current
1973 Secretariat (Triple Crown Winner)
1972 Bee Bee Bee
1971 Canonero II
1970 Personality
1969 Majestic Prince
1968 Forward Pass
1967 Damascus
1966 Kauai King
1965 Tom Rolfe
1964 Northern Dancer (Canadian)
1963 Candy Spots
1962 Greek Money
1961 Carry Back
1960 Bally Ache
1959 Royal Orbit
1958 Tim Tam
1957 Bold Ruler
1956 Fabius
1955 Nashua
1954 Hasty Road
1953 Native Dancer
1952 Blue Man
1951 Bold
1950 Hill Prince
1949 Capot
1948 Citation (Triple Crown Winner)
1947 Faultless
1946 Assault (Triple Crown Winner)
1945 Polynesian
1944 Pensive
1943 Count Fleet (Triple Crown Winner)
1942 Alsab
1941 Whirlaway (Triple Crown Winner)
1940 Bimelech
1939 Challedon
1938 Dauber
1937 War Admiral (Triple Crown Winner)
1936 Bold Venture
1935 Omaha (Triple Crown Winner)
1934 High Quest
1933 Head Play
1932 Burgoo King
1931  Mate
1930 Gallant Fox (Triple Crown Winner)
1929 Dr. Freeland
1928 Victorian
1927 Bostonian
1926 Display
1925 Coventry
1924 Nellie Morse (Filly)
1923 Vigil
1922 Pillory
1921 Broomspun
1920 Man o' War
1919 Sir Barton (Triple Crown Winner)
1918 War Cloud (Two Divisions)
1918 Jack Hare, Jr. (Two Divisions)
1917 Kalitan
1916 Damrosch
1915 Rhine Maiden (Filly)
1914 Holiday
1913 Buskin
1912 Colonel Holloway
1911 Watervale
1910 Layminster
1909 Effendi
1908 Royal Tourist
1907 Don Enrique
1906 Whimsical (Filly)
1905 Cairngorm
1904 Bryn Mawr
1903 Flocarline (Filly)
1902 Old England
1901 The Parader
1900 Hindus
1899 Half Time
1898 Sly Fox
1897 Paul Kauvar
1896 Margrave
1895 Belmar
1894 Assignee
1893 No Race
1892 No Race
1891 No Race
1890 Montague
1889 Buddhist
1888 Refund
1887 Dunboyne
1886 The Bard
1885 Tecumseh
1884 Knight of Ellerslie
1883 Jacobus
1882 Vanguard
1881 Saunterer
1880 Grenada
1879 Harold
1878 Duke of Magenta
1877 Cloverbrook
1876 Shirley
1875 Tom Ochiltree
1874 Culpepper
1873 Survivor