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2009 Preakness Predictions: Musket Man vs General Quarters

by Steve Hastings on Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Sports-Odds.com thinks that the Musket Man vs General Quarters match up will make the 2009 Preakness Predictions experts head spin a bit. The online racebook Bodog.com has made Musket Man -145 odds favorite against General Quarters +115 odds.  Here is a break down of each horses pros and cons so horse racing bettors can make informed 2009 Preakness Predictions.

Musket Man – Third place Derby finisher Musket Man is in the middle of the 2009 Preakness Predictions pack with 10/1 odds at Bodog Racebook. Starting from the 3rd post, Musket Man is trained by Derek Ryan and his jockey is Eibar Coa. Before you make your Musket Man Preakness predictions, here is a quick glance at his pros and cons. Starting with the pros, Musket Man has won five of seven career starts and was third in other pair, including the Derby. He doesn't need to take his track with him as he's raced over five different courses and owns wins over four of them. Musket Man raced well over wet track in Derby and Coa stays here over Big Drama.

The cons are that he didn't really kick in through the stretch in Derby; these longer distances are probably pushing his limits a bit. How is he going to handle running back in just two weeks? He still hasn't run a triple digit speed figure and the price is going to be shorter than it should be.

General Quarters – General Quarters returns to the starting gate with an 8th post after a tenth place finish in the Derby. Making General Quarters on of your 2009 Preakness Predictions is a risky wager with semi-long shot 22/1 odds at Bodog Racebook. His trainer is Tom McCarthy and Julian Leparoux will be the jockey. The pros for General Quarters are that he was reported to come back full of mud in his eyes and nostrils after Derby which almost certainly affected his performance. He has improved vastly since removing blinkers and appears to have formed an "in/out" for pattern in his last several starts with the Preakness being an "in" race. Leparoux is one of the best riders in the country and stays here over Terrain.

The cons for General Quarters are that we are skeptical about what he faced down at Tampa and in Blue Grass. He is his trainers' lone horse; McCarthy never faced this kind of pressure. His pedigree does not look good and what if the Derby was just a case of him being a cut below the top ones?

Bodog.com has posted 2009 Preakness Predictions odds on the Musket Man vs General Quarters Head to Head Match Up:

Musket Man: -145
General Quarters: +115

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