2019 Preakness Predictions: Favorites Improbable and War of Will Battle At Pimlico

2019 Preakness Stakes

If you're interested in horse betting, these 2019 Preakness Predictions are just what you need to make the best decisions.

2019 Preakness Predictions: Favorites Won't Race

Let's start with two key factors:

  • Country House is out due to illness: The winner of this year's Kentucky Derby won't compete in the second leg of the Triple Crown. This means there won't be a Triple Crown winner this year. Oh well, better luck next year. 
  • Maximum Security's owners aren't racing their horse in the Preakness: The real winner of the Derby, Maximum Security was disqualified due to "unfair competition." Its owners have refused to race him at the Preakness knowing their colt is no longer in the race for the Triple Crown.

Apart from those two horses, wagering favorite Code of Honor will also miss this race. The reason is that its owners want him ready for the Belmont Stakes.

2019 Preakness Predictions: The Actual Favorites

With those factors on the table, Improbable is the current favorite at 2 to 1 to get the win at Pimlico. Next on the list is War of Will, currently listed as a 3 to 1 favorite.

Las Vegas oddsmakers' favorite Alwaysmining is getting 8 to 1, but other industry insiders barely put this horse in the top 10 to get the victory. However, this is a powerful colt that's trailing a six-race winning streak heading into this race. Alwaysmining also won the Laurel Park Stakes in April by a staggering 11 1/2 lengths, and that incredible win is probably the reason why many handicappers have him as one of the favorites to win this race.

Another favorite of oddsmakers is Owendale, a long shot at 10 to 1. This is a colt that wasn't able to qualify for the Kentucky Derby but was bumped in after all of the dust from the Kentucky Derby settled. Owendale has the bloodline of Triple Crown winners Secretariat and Seattle Slew, and it's in excellent shape, two key factors that make him an instant favorite.

Here are the morning line odds: 

· Improbable 2-1

  • War of Will 3-1
  • Alwaysmining 8-1
  • Anothertwistafate 9-1
  • Owendale 10-1
  • Game Winner 10-1
  • Bourbon War 10-1
  • Mr. Money 10-1
  • Sueno 14-1
  • Signalman 14-1
  • Bodexpress 16-1
  • Roadster 16-1
  • Laughing Fox 18-1

Good luck with your Preakness picks.