Preakness 2017: Odds, Prediction & Trifecta Pick

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Always Dreaming is the favorite to win the 2017 Preakness. (Getty)

After months of being overlooked, Always Dreaming enters the Preakness as a heavy favorite in the odds. Derby horses Classic Empire and Lookin at Lee join Always Dreaming at the top of the odds.

Always Dreaming initially entered the Derby a few horses down in the odds but emerged as the late favorite on race day. The horse burst onto the scene after winning the Florida Derby despite not being the favorite.

Leading up to the Derby, there was some skepticism over his talent, but as the Preakness odds demonstrate people are starting to come around to Always Dreaming’s potential. Always Dreaming has the most consistency speed when it comes to anyone in the Preakness field.

According to Twin Spires, Always Dreaming had a BRIS Speed Rating of 100 at the Kentucky Derby and 102 at the Florida Derby. While other horses have scored over 100 in one race, Always Dreaming is the only one in the field coming off two straight races with 100 or higher BRIS numbers.

Conquest Mo Money is a sleeper to keep an eye on. The horse has gotten faster in each of his last three races. He also sat out the Kentucky Derby to prepare for the Preakness. Conquest Mo Money narrowly lost the Arkansas Derby at the end as Classic Empire won by a nose.

Another horse to watch is Multiplier. The horse has not faced the kind of competition of the race favorites. At the Illinois Derby, Multiplier recorded the fastest BRIS Speed number (104) of any horse in the Preakness. His BRIS has gone up in each of his last three races.

While Classic Empire is one of the favorites, the horse left the Kentucky Derby banged up with a swollen eye. With just two weeks between races, it hard to imagine the horse will be able to perform at a peak level.

Here’s a look at the latest Preakness odds courtesy of NBC.

Preakness 2017 Odds

Always Dreaming 3/2
Classic Empire 2-1
Lookin at Lee 8-1
Conquest Mo Money 9-1
Gunnevera 10-1
Cloud Computing 13-1
Multiplier 18-1
Hence 19-1
Senior Investment 25-1
Term of Art 40-1


Heavy’s Pick: 1. Always Dreaming 2. Conquest Mo Money 3. Multiplier


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I don’t have so much faith in Always Dreaming. Classic Empire’s injuries occured during a collision at the START of the Kentucky Derby. It ran the entire race with those injuries, losing several seconds to finish 4th. I don’t understand how 2 extra weeks won’t allow for improved placement. And then there’s Lookin at Lee, a horse that came from the back of that 20 horse pack, an extremely difficult route to navigate, and yet went stride for stride with Always Dreaming down the homestretch. I don’t count these two horses out of the Preakness at all..

Jonathan Adams

It would not be a surprise. I have been a little bit leery of Classic Empire with a few of his setbacks during prep season. This is just one more thing to factor in but it would not be a shock if he’s ready to go as the oddsmakers expect.

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