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The 144th running of the Preakness Stakes is scheduled to take place at historic Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 18th. We’ve been tracking the odds for every fleet-footed thoroughbred since they became available. The main graph on this page has been generated by calculating the average from our most-trusted sportsbooks.

Preakness Stakes Top Contenders

  • May 18: Bourbon War has seen his odds move from +900 to +720, moving him into the top four contenders
  • May 15: After the gate draw, War of Will, which drew the unfavorable Lane 1, fell from +300 to +350. The biggest winners of the draw were Warriors Charge in Lane 3, who moved up to +1300 from +1600, and Anothertwistafate in Lane 12, who improved to +770 from +950.
  • May 15: Before the drawing of the post positions later today, Improbable (+200) has passed War of Will (+290) as the favorite.
  • May 8: Alwaysmining’s odds have improved significantly over the past day, going from +1200 on May 7th to just +880 on May 8th.
  • May 7: With Country House dropping out of the Preakness, Code of Honor remains with the shortest average odds, though Improbable is the clear favorite at some books at +200.
  • May 6: Code of Honor has opened with the shortest odds to win the Preakness Stakes after finishing second at the Kentucky Derby
  • May 4: Country House was named the winner of the 2019 Kentucky Derby

2019 Preakness Stakes Odds

Horse Odds
Improbable +250
War of Will +400
Alwaysmining +600
Bourbon War +600
Anothertwistafate +700

*Odds taken May 18

Preakness Stakes Trends to Keep in Mind:

  • 24 horses have won both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes
  • 13 horses have won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes
  • Since 2000, no horse has won the Preakness after finishing worse than sixth in the Kentucky Derby
  • Since 2000, seven horses have won the Preakness after winning the Kentucky Derby
  • Only one jockey has won back-to-back Preakness Stakes since 1997
  • A Bob Baffert-trained horse has won two of the last four Preakness Stakes

Past 10 Preakness Stakes Winners

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2009 Rachel Alexandra Calvin Borel Steve Asmussen
2010 Lookin At Lucky Martin Garcia Bob Baffert
2011 Shackleford Jesus Castanon Dale Romans
2012 I’ll Have Another Mario Gutierrez Doug O’Neill
2013 Oxbow Gary Stevens D. Wayne Lukas
2014 California Chrome Victor Espinoza Art Sherman
2015 American Pharoah Victor Espinoza Bob Baffert
2016 Exaggerator Kent Desormeaux J. Keith Desormeaux
2017 Cloud Computing Javier Castellano Chad Brown
2018 Justify Mike Smith Bob Baffert

California Chrome had the fastest time of any thoroughbred over the past decade after finishing the race at 1:54.84 in 2014.

Trainers with the Most Preakness Stakes Wins

Will 2019 be the year that Bob Baffert passes R. Wyndham Walden? The Arizona-born trainer has compiled over 2,800 career wins, including five Preakness Stakes titles from 1997 to 2018.

Jockeys with the Most Preakness Stakes Wins

It should come as no surprise to see Eddie Arcaro at the top of this list. The Cincinnati native won more American classic races than any other jockey in history and finished atop the earnings leaderboard six times from 1940 to 1958.  His record of six Preakness Stakes titles is unlikely to be ever be matched.

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