Horse racing guru Jody Demling is on a ridiculous streak entering Saturday's Preakness: He nailed the Kentucky Derby winner -- picking Always Dreaming when that horse was 6/1 -- and has now cashed nine straight Kentucky Oaks-Derby doubles, picking the winners of both races on his betting ticket. In the Preakness, he's nailed the winner eight of the past 12 years.
Two weeks after an impressive victory in the Kentucky Derby, Always Dreaming is back to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown.
The Todd Pletcher-trained colt is the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 10 that will run on Saturday in the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico in Baltimore.
The post-time favorite has won the Preakness 72 times in the first 142 runnings, including 13 of the past 32 years.
Predicted Finishing Order
1. Always Dreaming (4-5) – The Derby winner has been much the best in all four races since transferring into Todd Pletcher’s barn. Can’t imagine this will be any different; should head to Belmont with a shot at a Triple Crown.
2. Classic Empire (3-1) – Arkansas Derby winner had a brutal trip in the Derby and still ran a bang-up fourth. He has the talent and could very well get past Always Dreaming here; but still believe he will get better down the road.
3. Hence (20-1) – Was the hot horse heading into the Derby, had a tough trip and didn’t like the track. Has to improve right?
4. Lookin At Lee (10-1) – The third-place finisher in the Derby got the perfect trip along the rail, but needs a faster pace here to crack the top three.
5. Cloud Computing (12-1) – Third in the Wood Memorial was not a bad effort. Chad Brown looking for first Triple Crown victory.
6. Multiplier (30-1) – Has won two in a row, including the Illinois Derby, but would need a fast pace and a lot of improvement to beat this field.
7. Conquest Mo Money (15-1) – Ran a really good race in the Arkansas Derby but I can’t get over his Beyer figures; just not good enough for me.
8. Gunnevera (15-1) – Have never been a huge fan at this level; he was wide in the final half mile of the Derby and just never fired.
9. Senior Investment (30-1) – Has won four of his last five starts, including in the Lexington Stakes. Trainer Kenny McPeek loves these type of situations but not thinking he has enough firepower with this one.
10. Term of Art (30-1) – Just 2 of 9 for his career, the son of Tiznow hasn’t really been close in any of his four starts this year.