Preakness Stakes Morning Lines Odds, Post Positions, & Contenders

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Preakness Stakes 2024 post positions and morning line odds are set.

The second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown features nine horses, including the Kentucky Derby winner, Mystik Dan. Preakness Stakes betting will also include two horses for Bob Baffert who were ineligible to compete in the Kentucky Derby.

Post time is 6:50 p.m. ET on Saturday, May 18. The race will be broadcast on NBC.

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PositionHorseJockeyTrainerMorning line odds
1MugatuJoe BravoJeff Engler20-1
2Uncle HeavyIrad Ortiz, Jr.Butch Reid20-1
3Catching FreedomFlavien PratBrad Cox7-2
4MuthJuan HernandezBob BaffertSCR
5Mystik DanBrian HernandezKenny McPeek8-5
6Seize The GreyJaime TorresD. Wayne Lukas12-1
7Just SteelJoel RosarioD. Wayne Lukas12-1
8Tuscan GoldTyler GaffalioneChad Brown9-2
9ImaginationFrankie DettoriBob Baffert3-1

Preakness Stakes contenders

Mystik Dan arrived at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Sunday. His trainer, Kenny McPeek, was originally on the fence about sending Mystik Dan to the Preakness given the short two-week turnaround between the races.

Two other Kentucky Derby runners entered the Preakness. Catching Freedom, trained by Brad Cox, finished fourth at Churchill Downs on May 4, less than two lengths back of the winner.

The seventeenth-place finisher, Just Steel, will also run back on short rest in the Preakness for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Baffert sends two to Baltimore

Horse trainer Bob Baffert entered two horses in the Preakness Stakes. Muth, who won the Arkansas Derby, and Imagination, who finished second in the Santa Anita Derby, were barred from entering the Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs has prohibited Baffert from entering horses in the Derby following a failed post-race drug test after Medina Spirit won the 2021 Kentucky Derby.

Preakness Stakes welcomes other ‘new shooters’

D. Wayne Lukas has two horses in the Preakness Stakes starting gate.

Along with Just Steel, he entered Seize The Grey as well.

Seize The Grey won the Pat Day Mile at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

Louisiana form holding up

Tuscan Gold, for trainer Chad Brown, is a horse likely to garner a lot of attention in Preakness Stakes betting.

He finished third last time out in the Louisiana Derby. Horses coming out of recent stakes races in Louisiana have performed well against other competition.

Completing the Preakness Stakes starting gate

Two others, Mugatu and Uncle Heavy, complete the starting gate for Preakness Stakes betting.

Mugatu finished fifth in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland in April. The performance landed him on the Kentucky Derby also-eligibles list. Not enough horses bowed out of the Derby in time for him to make the final field of 20.

Uncle Heavy spent the winter in New York, where he won the Withers Stakes at Aqueduct in February. Uncle Heavy followed that up with a fifth-place finish in the Wood Memorial two months later.