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Preakness Stakes Odds - One of the great handicapping challenges for the Preakness Stakes is that not all of the horses running at Pimlico ran for the roses at Churchill Downs. Such is the case with Sporting Chance. Hall of Fame Trainer D. Wayne Lucas will lead Sporting Chance into the stalls of the Preakness Stakes after the colt skipped the Kentucky Derby. While Sporting Chance has a mixed record, he will be something of an unknown at the Preakness, which may give him some enhanced betting value compared to the better-known entries.
The Preakness Stakes will go to post on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 6:20 p.m. ET at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. Catch the Preakness States live on NBC.
Career Record: 2-1-2
Career Earnings: $337,000
Kentucky Derby Finish: Did Not Run
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Sporting Chance is a three-year-old Colt owned by William L. Mack and Robert C. Baker. His pedigree is Tiznow and Wynning Ride from Kentucky. Sporting Chance last ran on May 5 at Churchill Downs in the Grade Three Pat Day Mile. In that race Sporting Chance posted a fourth-place finish as Funny Duck took the win with New York Central second and Givemeaminit finishing in third place. Prior to the Pat Day Mile, Sporting Chance ran on April 7, 2018 in the Grade Two Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. The race was one and one eighth miles and was won by Good Magic with Flameaway finishing second. On March 17, 2018 Sporting Chance finished fifth in the Grade Two Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. The race was one and one sixteenth miles with Magnum Moon winning followed by second place Solomini and show horse Combatant. Sporting Chance garnered a lot of attention when he won the Grade One Hopeful on September 4, 2017. The seven-furlong win at Saratoga put him into contention for the Triple Crown season.
Trainer D. Wayne Lucas has led six horses to victory at the Preakness Stakes. He has often said he prefers the Preakness and finds it more enjoyable after all of the pressure at the Kentucky Derby.
Why Sporting Chance Will Win the Preakness Stakes
Sporting Chance will be fresher than some of the other Preakness Stakes contenders and will not be coming off the stress of a month preparing for the Kentucky Derby. Lucas knows Pimlico like no other trainer and will have this colt ready to run.
Why Sporting Chance Won't Win the Preakness Stakes
Sporting Chance has been far too inconsistent heading into the Preakness Stakes. The win at the Hopeful proved to be Fool’s gold as the colt has not posted a win since. Beyond that, The Hopeful was the only Grade One race that Sporting Chance has run in his career. The Preakness Stakes will be a huge step up in class.
The Final Verdict
There is nothing in Sporting Chance’s record that indicates he will be ready to make a serious run at the Preakness Stakes. Look for Sporting Chance to finish out of the money.
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