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Preakness Stakes is almost here! And it’s going to be on May 19 2012, Saturday, 11am at the Pimlico Racecourse Baltimore, Maryland. From Churchill Downs to Pimlico Race Course, everyone is surely excited as this event is considered as one of the most popular horse racing game in the horse racing world.

The Preakness Stakes is a Grade 1 stakes race for three-year-old thoroughbred horses, run at a classic distance of 1 3/16 miles (9.75 furlongs; 1.91 km) on a dirt track. Colts and geldings carry 126 pounds (57 kg), while fillies carry 121 pounds (55 kg). It is one of the sports betting game that attracts many bettors. The Preakness has had some memorable horse race winners with great photo finishes. And who could forget horses like Northern Dancer, Secretariat, Seattle Slew, Affirmed, Tabasco Cat, or Smarty Jones. Preakness is the second and shortest leg in American thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown. It is next to the Kentucky Derby and followed by the Belmont Stakes which is the third leg American thoroughbred racing.

In placing bet at the Preakness, you should be aware of the betting odds to make higher chances of winning and real huge payouts. But since some online sportsbook site take the Preakness betting odds only after the Kentucky Derby event has been complicated, you could still make earlier a research on which horse is ideal to make a bet and to what type of bet. Here is some of the Preakness Stakes information that you should know.

Pimlico has two race courses. One is the Main Track, which is one mile and oval shape. And the other one is the Turf Course which is seven furlongs. The Preakness has also run at seven different distance and these includes the following:

1 1/2 miles (2.41 km) -- 1873 to 1888 and 1890 1 1/4 miles (2.01 km) -- 1889 1 1/16 miles (1.71 km) -- 1894 to 1900 and 1908 1 mile 70 yards (1.67 km) -- 1901 to 1907 1 mile (1.61 km) -- 1909 and 1910 1 1/8 miles (1.81 km) -- 1911 to 1924 1 3/16 miles (1.91 km) -- 1925 to present


And, the leading Preakness Winning jockeys are

Eddie Arcaro : 6 - including 2 consecutive wins in 1950-51 Pat Day : 5 - including 3 consecutive wins in 1994-96 George Barbee, Bill Hartack and Lloyd Hughes : 3

When handicapping the game for your Preakness betting odds, it is important that you are aware of the running styles of every horse in a certain race. Take note of which horse has the advantage in a particular situation. Take note of the race shape as well. You should label the pace shape of each race to project how the race will be run. This way you could label each horse and help you match up the field properly.


Knowing the Preakness Betting Odds 2012