Looking for a Bigger Score with the Pick Four on Preakness Day at Pimlico
Preakness day has arrived and a full card at Pimlico has 14 races including 8 stakes Saturday. The headliner is race 13, the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes scheduled for 6:48pm ET post. The Preakness is the final race of the $2 million guarantee Pick Four.
Race 10 starts the Pick Four sequence with the $150,000 Gallorette Stakes (G3) for 3-year-old fillies and mares going 1 1/16 miles on the turf. On Leave (2-1) and Elysea’s World (5-2). This is why the Pick Four can be difficult if you just play the favorites or top-2 horses in races involving the Pick Four. Not only is there much less payout, but favorites can be can be tougher to swallow when they are coming off a long layoff of seven months like On Leave. And Elysea’s World is not up to her class. A better option if you use On Leave is to also include Zipessa (9-2), Danilovna (6-1) and Cambodia (6-1). Multiple runners would be useful to start the Pick Four.
Race 11 is the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles. Time To Travel (7-2) gets first-time Lasix and is the one most likely to beat the favorite Hedge Fund (9-5).
Race 12 is the $250,000 Dixie Stakes (G2) for 3-year-olds and up gong 1 1/16 miles. Grade I winner World Approval (7-2) looks poised to run big but could be vulnerable to pace pressure. Projected (3-1), Blacktype (4-1), Catapult (10-1), and Ring Weekend (4-1) are all contenders where multiple runners is useful again for Pick Four purposes.
Race 13 is the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes. Derby winner Always Dreaming (4-5) will take plenty of money, and he’s too tough to not include. Classic Empire (3-1) will get first run at him as they hit the top of the stretch with Gunnevera (15-1) a solid overlay to include. Adding any longer shot to the Pick Four, then consider a bomb in Senior Investment (30-1) and a front pace presser Conquest Mo Money, who we like but don’t believe he has enough overall speed to run the entire way against Always Dreaming and strong closers should the pace be too fast.