On May 4, Mystik Dan won the Kentucky Derby. He will now try to win the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes. Also, his chances of winning it increased after early favorite Muth pulled out due to sickness. Thus, prepare your strategies for horse betting as the race promises to be an exciting one once again.

An exciting three-way photo finish at Churchill Downs on May 4 decided the first leg of the Triple Crown for Mystik Dan, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and trained by Kenny McPeek.

Although Mystik Dan was the first horse to win the Kentucky Derby for both McPeek and Hernandez, the heavy favorite to win the Preakness was Bob Baffert’s Muth, who had previously defeated Mystik Dan in the March Arkansas Derby.

Second Leg of the Triple Crown

Mystik Dan Attempts to Win Second Leg of the Triple Crown in Preakness StakesA third consecutive year of Baffert’s Churchill Downs ban meant the Kentucky Derby would not feature a rematch. After Muth arrived in Baltimore with a fever, Baffert confirmed on Wednesday that his horse would not participate in the 1 3/16-mile, $2 million Preakness at Pimlico.

According to horse betting software reports, a week passed before McPeek announced that Mystik Dan would compete in the Preakness, waiting to see how the colt bounced back after his Kentucky Derby performance. Still, Baffert has Imagination, a formidable contender who will go off the outside post in the eight-horse race under the guidance of the renowned Italian rider Frankie Dettori.

Aside from Imagination, Tuscan Gold, trained by Chad Brown, has been out for eight weeks since his stakes debut, when he finished third in the Louisiana Derby behind Catching Freedom. Imagination comes into this race on a four-week break. The Brad Cox-trained horse Catching Freedom comes to Pimlico having finished fourth in the Kentucky Derby.

Past Preakness Stakes Winners

Thirty-six horses achieved the triple crown in the same year by winning the Preakness and the Kentucky Derby, but only thirteen continued to win the Belmont Stakes.

In the last four years, the Preakness has been won by fillies who did not participate in the Derby beforehand:

  • Swiss Skydiver (2020)
  • Rombauer (2021)
  • Early Voting (2022)
  • National Treasure (2023)

Not all of this year’s competitors competed in Louisville.

Due to Belmont Park repairs, the Belmont Stakes will be raced in Saratoga on June 8 this year. However, McPeek and Hernandez both admitted that once the Kentucky Derby was locked in, the prospect of the Triple Crown couldn’t be ignored. Before this year, in 2020, McPeek rode Swiss Skydiver to victory at the Preakness.

That year, the race took place in October, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no spectators showed up. McPeek is relishing in what he calls a “normal” week at Pimlico.

Preakness Stakes Odds

Here are the odds for 2024 Preakness Stakes:

  1. Mugatu 20-1
  2. Uncle Heavy 20-1
  3. Catching Freedom 7-2
  4. Muth (Scratch)
  5. Mystik Dan 8-5
  6. Seize the Grey 12-1
  7. Just Steel 12-1
  8. Tuscan Gold 9-2
  9. Imagination 3-1

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