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At the Gate - Wednesday
The post position draw for the Preakness Stakes (G1) is this afternoon and barring any last-minute surprises it appears there will be seven foes taking on Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Justify.

Derby runner up Good Magic has been confirmed as a starter, which makes the race a much better wagering race than without as the rest of the field appears on paper to be overmatched.

Justify is the heavy favorite at -280 in the latest Preakness betting odds at BetOnline while Good Magic is at +260.

Every other horse in the race will go off at a price including Derby alums Lone Sailor (+3500) and Bravazo (+3000).

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I have an eye on the weather and things are not looking good for Baltimore this week. There is a 90% chance of rain today, 70% on Thursday, 100% on Friday and 80% on Saturday.

Now let’s not forget the Louisville forecast a couple of weeks ago. It was supposed to rain on Oaks Day and be clear on Derby Day and the exact opposite happened.

As I have said many times if the weathermen had to wager on their forecast like we do the ponies, most of them would be living inside a cardboard box.

Latest Preakness Betting Odds via BetOnline:
Bravazo +3000
Diamond King +4000
Good Magic +260
Justify -280
Lone Sailor +3500
Quip +1500
Sporting Chance +3500
Tenfold +4000

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Here is the opening race from Belmont Park to get the day off to a good start:

BEL Race 1 Md $75,000 (1:30 ET)
#7 Acorn Street 6-1
#6 Blooming 5-1
#4 Equal Rights 8-5
#1 Supercommittee 3-1

Analysis: Acorn Street set the early fractions and weakened to finish sixth last out for a $50,000 tag over good ground. I am hoping we are on the turf but there is rain in the forecast. Our top pick was claimed out of the race by the Cox barn that is 36% winners (with a +ROI) first off the claim. She was in the mix in her first two starts on turf, a third and a fourth. She is out of a Horse Chestnut mare that has dropped one turf winner. The barn is 22% winners with runners coming back off a 61-180 day layoff.

Blooming makes her debut for the Thomas barn that is 19% winners with firs timers. She is out of the stakes winner May Night ($355,568) who has dropped two foals to race, both winners on turf and both are stakes winners—Red Rifle ($1 million) and Notte Doro ($240,685). A steady string of works on the morning tab and Johnny V takes the call.

Wagering
WIN: #7 to win at 4-1 or better.
EX: 6,7 / 1,4,6,7
TRI: 6,7 / 1,4,6,7 / 1,2,4,6,7

Today’s Featured Race of the Day from Belmont Park:

BEL Race 8 OClm $40,000N2X (5:16 ET)
#2 Heavy Meddle 8-1
#5 Rectify 8-1
#6 Sal the Turtle 10-1
#7 Benevolence 5-2

Analysis: Heavy Meddle goes turf to dirt here after dueling for the early lead and hanging around until late in a third-place finish beaten a length at this level over good ground. Two back off a four-month layoff the colt made a mild late rally to finish third on the main track at Aqueduct. He beat state bred Alw-1 foes over the main track here and has landed in the exacta in all three trips here. Decent value if he goes off near his 8-1 morning line. He has a solid off track pedigree.

Rectify prompted the early pace and weakened to finish fourth last out against Alw-1 company in his first start off a five-month layoff. He makes his second start off the bench and for Nevin who has been sending out live runners at the meeting. The six-year-old is bred to handle the off going and has a second in two trips on wet tracks in his career.

Wagering
WIN: #2 to win at 9-2 or better.
EX: 2,5 / 2,5,6,7
TRI: 2,5 / 2,5,6,7 / 1,2,5,6,7

Live Longshots:
These are price plays for exotic players looking to find a couple of extra contenders to use in their trifecta and superfecta wagers. Or for those with smaller bankrolls, you might want to get in a small win-place wager.

Belmont Park
R2: #2 Battle Ready 8-1
R3: #1 Gia Michael 10-1
R5: #7 Groton St. Scout 12-1
R6: #8 Geladeira 20-1
R6: #1 Emblazoner 10-1
R8: #2 Heavy Meddle 8-1
R8: #5 Recitify 8-1
R8: #6 Sal the Turtle 10-1
R9: #7 Street Cat Sam 15-1

Good luck today!

  
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