As the hours tick away before the running of the 139th Preakness Stakes, California Chrome remains the odds-on favorite but betting lines have moved overnight.
Based off odds from Bovada.lv, the Triple Crown-hopeful’s odds have slightly shifted down to 4/7 from 3/5 and the majority of competitors have seen their odds improve, but Saturday’s race at Pimlico is still California Chrome’s to lose.
Seven out of the 10-horse field saw their odds improve, with Ring Weekend and Pablo Del Monte rising the most from 28/1 to 20/1. From the No. 2 post General A Rod went from 20/1 to 15/1, while Ride On Curlin began Friday at 14/1 only to move to 10/1, and Dynamic Impact from 16/1 to 12/1.
Out of the No. 7 spot, Kid Cruz was seen as a solid upset pick after claiming back-to-back stakes wins at Pimlico and Laurel Park and bettors clearly jumped on his Friday odds of 14/1, and now they’ve gone to 20/1.
The biggest threats to California Chrome remain Social Inclusion at 5/1 and Bayern at 10/1. Sired by Pioneer of the Nile, Social Inclusion claimed two victories at Gulfstream Park, but his low career total of six races could be a blessing or a curse. He could fold during the Preakness due to a lack of experience or breakaway down the stretch with his stored up energy.
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Bayern on his first two career starts, both at Santa Anita, and like Social Inclusion he has only six career starts. His third-place finish at the Arkansas Derby could also be a plus.
Updated Betting Odds With Post Positions via Bovada.lv
No. 1 Dynamic Impact 12/1
No. 2 General A Rod 15/1
No. 3 California Chrome 3/5
No. 4 Ring Weekend 20/1
No. 5 Bayern 10/1
No. 6 Ria Antonia 30/1
No. 7 Kid Cruz 20/1
No. 8 Social Inclusion 5/1
No. 9 Pablo Del Monte 20/1
No. 10 Ride On Curlin 10/1
Post Time: Official post time is 6:18 p.m. EST
Prediction: Kid Cruz pulls away on the final turn. Then California Chrome and Bayern.