Betting 2014 Preakness StakesBet 2014 Preakness Stakes
Betting on the Preakness Stakes can be very tricky. Unless you think you have a bead on a horse that you think will prove to be a Triple Crown winner, in which case your gambling strategy is very precise, the trick to betting Preakness Stakes is to keep in mind that it is the shortest of the three Triple Crown events. The Pimlico track is a furlong shorter than the track in Kentucky and three furlongs shorter than Belmont. Although the Kentucky Derby is often touted as the "fastest two minutes in sports", the fact is that this phrase would be more accurately applied to Preakness. Therefore, when betting Preakness Stakes do not forget that, in the world of horse race betting, length does matter. Betting Preakness Stakes should be done with this in mind.
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The length and conditions of a particular racetrack will have consequences on a horse or jockey's performance and relative performance from race to race. In general the longer races, races over a mile in length, favor the more experienced jockeys for they are better able to pace the horse. With the Pimlico track just a mile and an eighth long this pacing ability matters less for betting Preakness Stakes than it does at the 1.5-mile race at Belmont. However, if you want your betting on the Preakness Stakes to be as solid as possible your best bet is to favor sprinters with the more experienced jockeys on their back.
Another consideration to make when betting Preakness Stakes, is the role distance plays throughout the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby is one and a quarter miles long, Preakness is one and an eighth, and Belmont a daunting 1.5. The length of the Belmont race is significantly more than the other two, whereas Preakness is significantly less. Many analysts believe it is the disparate distances of these three tracks that have thwarted a horse from taking the Triple Crown for almost three decades.
This view is compelling, especially when one considers that the recent trend has been for the Kentucky Derby winner to take Preakness, but then lose at Belmont presumably due to an inability to pace itself over a much longer race. This means that when betting the Preakness Stakes it may be wise to lay money down on the Kentucky Derby champ, but unwise lay money on the same horse when Belmont rolls around. Of course, it is sometimes fun to risk. It would be a shame to miss out on the next Affirmed.
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by Arthur Bodley at 1800-sports.com on May 09, 2014
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