Mystik Dan’s Triple Crown Bid Alive and Well

2024 Preakness Stakes Odds

Eight runners line up in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico on Saturday, and it’s going to be an intriguing race.

2024 Preakness Stakes odds have Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan favored to win following the scratching of hot favorite Muth.

Catching Freedom and Imagination are next best with horse racing betting odds, and they’re strong chances of winning.

Mystik Dan Shooting for History

We don’t rate Mystik Dan anywhere close to Triple Crown winners of years gone by, but he’s the only runner with that opportunity.

His Derby win was terrific, and although the favorites got in the way of each other, we liked the way Mystik Dan rallied along the inside and held on gamely.

It was a brilliant ride to win, but in a field of only nine, he shouldn’t have any problems getting a clear trip in transit.

2024 Preakness Stakes odds have Mystik Dan at +225, which is about the biggest price bettors would get for a Kentucky Derby winner.

He sees Pimlico for the first time, but retired jockey Robby Albarado believes he’ll handle it.

“He’s such a smart horse. He takes everything in,” Albarado said. “Obviously, he loved that racetrack. If you saw the Southwest, it was a similar racetrack as this. I’m really not opposed to rain this weekend. Rain is in the forecast. He did really well [Monday]. He went over the racetrack smoothly and looked around. He’s ready for another round.”

He’s underrated, but he’s the best horse in the Preakness Stakes, and bettors should be confident of the Triple Crown being on the line at the Belmont Stakes.

Flashing Light on Catching Freedom

The run of Catching Freedom for fourth in the Derby was terrific, and horse racing betting markets have him at generous odds.

Getting +350 for a runner who should appreciate the distance is ideal, and he’s a clear trifecta and each-way chance.

The 3-year-old for Brad Cox won the Louisiana Derby in preparation for the Derby, and he’s getting better with more racing under his belt.

His Preakness odds are better than expected, and given the way he found the line at Churchill Downs, he should be looking to get back in the run and finishing over the top.

If they go quickly in front, which they should, he could have the last shot at them. We’re happy to include him in selections at the current odds, which could firm close to start time.

Don’t Write Off Uncle Heavy

Uncle Heavy is unwanted with 2024 Preakness Stakes odds at +1600, but he can’t be written off.

The son of Social Inclusion won two stakes races before finishing fifth behind Resilience in the Wood Memorial, but we’re prepared to forgive his most recent effort.

If he’s rated on his Withers Stakes win alone, he should be a threat in the Preakness Stakes, and we’re happy to take the risk.

Getting +1600 for a wide open race is worth taking. He should pay around +400 to place, so include him in Preakness exotic bets.

Imagination to Fly Baffert Flag

Following the scratching of Muth, Imagination is now Bob Baffert’s best chance to win the Preakness Stakes.

The 3-year-old colt by Into Mischief won the San Felipe Stakes two starts back before finishing second in the Santa Anita Derby behind Stronghold.

Not everything went his way on that occasion, and he doesn’t need to improve much to beat this field. That’s reflected in betting markets at +400, which is a fair price.

Baffert knows how to train winners of the Preakness Stakes, and we’re not leaving him out of our selections.

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