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The Preakness Stakes held at Pimlico Park is approaching quickly with Always Dreaming the winner of the Kentucky Derby hoping to keep alive his hopes of winning the Triple Crown.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Always Dreaming is 10-11 to win the second leg of the Triple Crown after winning the Kentucky Derby by nearly 3 lengths with John Velazquez a Hall of Fame jockey in the irons.

Pletcher has not won a Preakness and Always Dreaming is looking to become the third horse over the past four years to win the Derby and Preakness.

Looking for betting facts and trends for the Preakness? Look no further.

  • Only three of the past 16 winners of the Preakness paid over $8.80 to win. The most recent was in 2013 when Oxbow paid $32.80.
  • The betting favorite in the Preakness has won 13 of the past 32 races. Over that same period, the second choice of bettors has won 9 times.
  • Overall the betting favorite has gone to the winner’s circle in 72 of 142 Preakness races.
  • Bob Baffert, one of the sports’ top trainers, has won the Preakness six times. However, the trainer with the most Preakness wins is R. Wyndham Walden with 7.
  • Pletcher is 0 for 8 in the Preakness as a trainer.
  • Jockeys Kent Desmormeaux, Victor Espinoza and Gary Stevens each have ridden three Preakness winners.
  • Since 1993, just three winners of the Preakness did not race in the Kentucky Derby. Rachel Alexandra was the last one to do so back in 2009.
  • Seven winners of the Preakness have been geldings, with Funny Cide being the last in 2003.
  • Since 1997, 10 of the past 20 winners of the Kentucky Derby won the Preakness.
  • Over the last 40 Preakness races, the best post position has been the eight post, with a total eight winners while the three post and seven post each have had six winners.
  • The worst post positions have been one and two, with both having just two wins in the past 40 races.
  • Smarty Jones won the Preakness in 2004 by 11 ½ lengths, which is the longest margin of victory for the race.

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