By Mark Gallagher
Even though tomorrow’s Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown, will not feature the top three finishers from the Kentucky Derby, it will have an evenly-matched field and what could be a thrilling finish.
Last year, trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith teamed up with Justify, who out-ran Bravazo, Tenfold, and Good Magic.
This year, 13 three-year-olds will battle at Pimlico Race Course, and Improbable is the morning-line favorite at 5-2 in the 2019 Preakness odds.
Trained by Baffert, who has won the Preakness Stakes seven times, the son of City Zip is winless in three starts this year and coming off a fourth-place finish in the Kentucky Derby. However, Improbable will have Smith guiding him in the Preakness 2019 after he was ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. at Churchill Downs. The 2019 Preakness post time is 6:48 p.m. ET. With a favorite who is winless this year but trained and jockeyed by legends, you’ll want to hear what SportsLine’s Jody Demling has to say before making any 2019 Preakness picks of your own.
War of Will 4-1
Bourbon War 12-1
Warrior’s Charge 12-1
Win Win Win 15-1
Laughing Fox 20-1
Market King 30-1