2011 Preakness Predictions
- Midnight Interlude Looks To Bounce Back From Disappointing Derby Run - Online Preakness betting is about to capture the imagination of sports wagering players everywhere this week as the 136th edition of the “Run For The Black-Eyed Susans” goes off on Saturday at Pimlico Race Course. Midnight Interlude isn’t being given much of a chance after a poor performance in the Kentucky Derby, but with an excellent stable, he could follow Animal Kingdom, who won the Derby as a darkhorse.
It took Midnight Interlude three races to win his maiden, and then he won the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby a month prior to the Kentucky Derby. However, he couldn’t get going at Churchill Downs and staggered to a 16th-place result in a field of 20 horses. He should be afforded a bit more run as the Preakness field is only 14 horses, and Midnight Interlude will be out to show he’s a better horse than what we say in Louisville. It was his second race in a row with jockey Victor Espinoza, who won the 2002 Derby and Preakness with War Emblem. Some horse betting players will remember his sire, War Chant, who won the Breeders’ Cup Mile in 2000, along with the Grade 2 San Rafael Stakes, a second in the Santa Anita Stakes, and he finished ninth in the Kentucky Derby that year.
Midnight Interlude also has a Hall of Famer trainer in Bob Baffert, and those who make NFL picks will tell you that the pre-game preparation is usually more important than the actual game itself. Baffert’s five wins at the Preakness Predictions is tied with T.J. Healey and D.Wayne Lukas for second all-time, behind R. Wyndham Walden’s seven victories (the last of which came in 1888), and he is going for his second straight win at Pimlico after prepping Lookin’ At Lucky for a big victory last year. Baffert doesn’t have any other horses in the race, so he can focus all of his attention on Midnight Interlude, and there isn’t anyone better in the modern era who can prepare a horse for Pimlico like Baffert, who has nine Triple Crown wins overall.
Online Preakness betting odds have Midnight Interlude rated at +1800 Horse Racing Odds, which was to be expected after his performance at Churchill Downs, but he’s a better horse than that, and you’re going to see this weekend. Getting out to a good start is essential for Midnight Interlude, who never looked comfortable until the end of the race when he was long out of it. Again, the smaller field should really help Midnight Interlude with getting out of the gate cleanly, and if he can set the pace, he has the potential to run away from the field. 2011 Preakness Predictions Don’t be afraid to take a chance on Midnight Interlude’s sports betting odds.
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