Preakness 2017 Horses: Entry List, Vegas Odds and Dark-Horse Favorites

Re-posted from Bleacher Report

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Always Dreaming will bid to win the second leg of the Triple Crown when the 2017 Preakness Stakes takes place at Baltimore’s Pimlico course on Saturday, May 20.

The winner of this year’s Kentucky Derby is the betting favorite at evens to win at Preakness. However, Classic Empire is sure to be a strong challenger after finishing fourth, despite being disrupted by a three-horse collision at Churchill Downs.

Lookin At Lee is also a contender, while Gunnevera may be the best of the dark-horse picks for the 142nd edition of the Preakness.

Here is the projected field for the second leg of the Triple Crown, along with the latest odds, per Oddschecker:

Preakness 2017 Projected Field and Odds
HorseTrainerJockeyOdds
Always DreamingTodd PletcherJohn VelazquezEVEN
Classic EmpireMark CasseJulien Leparaoux5-1
Lookin At LeeSteve AsmussenCorey Lanerie10-1
HenceSteve AsmussenFlorent Geroux14-1
GunneveraAntonio SanoMike Smith16-1
Conquest Mo MoneyMiguel HernandezJorge Carreno16-1
Cloud ComputingChad BrownJavier Castellano20-1
MultiplierBrendan WalshJoel Rosario25-1
Senior InvestmentKen McPeekChanning Hill25/1
Term of ArtDoug O’NeillJoseph Talamo33/1

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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