No, “instant action” is not the name of one of the contenders from the 2017 Preakness Stakes draw. Instead it’s what can best describe the drama that will occur in the gates when Always Dreaming shacks up right next to Classic Empire to begin the race. They’re also – not surprisingly – the top two choices of the oddsmakers.
Always Dreaming will be the 4/5 favorite, a number that was delivered to him on Tuesday evening and didn’t change thanks to a favorable 2017 Preakness Stakes draw. Likewise, Classic Empire slotted in as the 3/1 second choice earlier this week and stayed that way after the posts were announced.
Lookin At Lee is probably the biggest benefactor of the 2017 Preakness Stakes draw after pulling the ninth gate. He will run as a strong 10/1 option on the board and try to prove that his runner-up finish in the Kentucky Derby was no fluke.
Flanking him will be Conquest Mo Money, a new shooter to the Triple Crown who will start on the outside as a 15/1 outside shot.
The most curious decision was to make Cloud Computing a 12/1 third choice. I expect that to change. He finished third in the Wood Memorial and second in the Gotham but hasn’t run all that well. He’s getting even better odds than Gunnevera, who is a 15/1 longshot out of the sixth post.
The rest of the longshots include Multiplier, Hence, Term of Art and Senior Investment.
2017 Preakness Stakes Draw
|1||Multiplier||Joel Rosario||Brendan Walsh||30-1|
|2||Cloud Computing||Javier Castellano||Chad Brown||12-1|
|3||Hence||Florent Geroux||Steve Asmussen||20-1|
|4||Always Dreaming||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher||4-5|
|5||Classic Empire||Julian Leparoux||Mark Casse||3-1|
|6||Gunnevera||Mike Smith||Antonio Sano||15-1|
|7||Term of Art||Jose Ortiz||Doug O’Neill||30-1|
|8||Senior Investment||Channing Hill||Ken McPeek||30-1|
|9||Lookin At Lee||Corey Lanerie||Steve Asmussen||10-1|
|10||Conquest Mo Money||Jorge Carreno||Miguel Hernandez||15-1|