On the eve of the 2012 Preakness Stakes everyone is anticipating another battle between Derby winner I’ll Have Another and runner up Bodemeister. Most are expecting the latter to emerge victorious this time around as Bodemeister is presently listed at +150 moneyline odds to win the Preakness. A win for the colt would result in a $150 Preakness Stakes Payout for every $100 wagered. The latest Horse Racing Odds have I’ll Have Another going off at +200 (20 to 1), a number that would bring back $200 for every $100 wagered should the colt take the second leg of the Triple Crown Series.
While either Bodemeister or I’ll Have Another is expected to win the 2012 Preakness Stakes, these events do not always go according to plan. Certainly it appears those two are the ones to beat with the field consisting of only 11 contenders, but there are other winning candidates set to run in tomorrow’s big race.
Teeth of the Dog, a non-Derby runner, could be a factor and, at +1300 odds ($1300 return for every $100 wagered), is worth some consideration. The colt has tremendous pedigree (son of Bluegrass Cat, a multiple graded stakes winner who took second in both the 2006 Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes) and is lightly raced. Since breaking his maiden in in early February, Teeth of the Dog took third behind Derby entrants Gemologist and Alpha at the Grade 1 Wood Memorial.
Creative Cause and Went the Day Well are also considered potential upset winners. Both colts, who are listed at +600 odds to win the Preakness Stakes, finished just out of the money at Churchill Downs two weekends ago, finishing fourth (Went the Day Well) and fifth (Creative Cause).
Some horse racing prognosticators are also high on Daddy Nose Best (+1300). The 10th place Derby finisher won back to back Grade 3 races prior to the its run at Churchill Downs. The colt’s pedigree includes 1995 Derby winner Thunder Gulch and the great Mr. Prospector (descendants include multiple Triple Crown race winners, such as Real Quiet, Empire Maker, Mine That Bird, Smarty Jones, Funny Cide, and Afleet Alex).
2012 Preakness Stakes Odds and Post Draw:
1. Tiger Walk +2500
2. Teeth of the Dog +1300
3. Pretension +3000
4. Zetterholm +1800
5. Went the Day Well +600
6. Creative Cause +600
7. Bodemeister +150
8. Daddy Nose Best +1300
9. I’ll Have Another +200
10. Optimizer +2500
11. Cozzetti +3000