HORSE RACING - Sat 18/05/2013 - 10:31 EDT

138th Preakness Stakes Predictions: Racebook Betting Strategy

Looking to build on our winning Kentucky Derby call, the Handicapping Crew here at Sportsbook Review is ultra stoked as the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes race from Old Hilltop is now just hours away.

Will Orb continue on his Championship path? Can a Derby competitor hold him off? Or will one of the new shooters hit pay dirt at Pimilco? We’ll find out shortly after 6:20 PM ET on Saturday, May 18, 2013!

Triple Crown Dream: Still alive heading into the Preakness

Fans of the global horse racing community haven’t celebrated a Triple Crown Racing Series Champ since 1978 when Affirmed rose up and claimed all three jewels of the crown. With amazing runs in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in 2012, I’ll Have Another teased us last year before he was a late scratch just hours before the Belmont. This year’s Run for the Roses Champion Orb can reignite the thrill we all experienced last year – if he races into the winner’s circle at Pimlico today.

Derby runner and new shooter are set to challenge Orb’s Championship bid

Not wanting to wish failure on Orb, we would love to witness another Triple Crown Champion being crowned, there are eight other thoroughbred contenders looking to bring home the Woodlawn Vase for their jockey, trainer, and owners. Mylute, who ran at the back of the pack with Orb for most of the Derby, before he finished a chasing fifth, can match strides with Orb. New shooter Departing is getting a lot of attention after his romp in the G3 Illinois Derby on April 20, 2013, at Hawthorne.

Preakness Stakes Championship: Betting Odds & Sportsbook Review Predictions

We turn to the sportsbook for the wagering lines for the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes. Money is pouring in on Orb and his betting odds keep dropping. The Derby Champ is now posted as -140 ML chalk at TopBet. Mylute (+500), Departing (+600), Goldencents (+700) and Itsmyluckyday (+800) make up a tight group of middle favorites. Governor Charlie (+1000), Will Take Charge (+1200), Oxbow (+1500) and Titletown Five (+3000) round out the Preakness field.

Across The Board Ticket: Orb ($30)

Exacta Box Betting: Orb with Mylute and Departing  ($24)

Golden Box Exacta Bet: Goldencents with Mylute and Orb ($24)

Longshot With A Chance Across The Board: Will Take Charge ($30)

Trifecta Box Wager: Orb, Mylute, Itsmyluckyday and Will Take Charge ($24)

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