California Chrome continues to be bet heavily in advanced wagering for the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday.
The Kentucky Derby winner is likely to end up at 3-5 or possibly less by the time the gate opens at Pimlico.
Favorites have fared well in the second jewel of the Triple Crown, but betting chalk is not for everyone. Horses exiting the Derby have historically had the advantage over new shooters, horses that either skipped the Derby or did not qualify.
This year there are only two others exiting the Derby and coming back in two weeks to attempt to turn the tables on California Chrome. That means 15 passed, a big number.
Both that are making the trip to Baltimore had less than stellar trips over the Churchill Downs main track on the first Saturday of May.
General a Rod is sitting at 15-1 Preakness Stakes odds posted over at Bovada and did not have a good trip in the Kentucky Derby where he checked in 11th at 30-1. The colt was taken off the pace (and he was up on the pace in his final two Derby preps), had to steady when caught in tight quarters after six furlongs, and then was angled down to the rail on the far turn which can be a tough place in such a large field.
His jockey Joel Rosario angled him back out, then back in where he found some more trouble and had to steady in deep stretch. Rosario committed to Ride On Curlin but we get a good replacement in Javier Castellano.
The colt should get off better and should be sitting close to the chalk. A similar trip to the favorite should put him right in the mix if he is good enough.
Ride On Curlin also exits the Derby and was seventh and is listed at betting odds of 10-1. We have seen in previous years that runners coming back in two weeks seem to fire better than the new shooters that skip or do not make it into the Derby field.
The colt was taken back to last early while jockey Calvin Borel saved ground, had to steady off heels entering the stretch, was angled out very wide and drifted out even wider while making up some late ground.
With a better trip this guy should be sitting in the second flight and if the fast pace duel develops he will be around to pick up the pieces late.
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