Preakness Stakes: Fans Can Bet Outside The Race track
Marylanders who want to gamble on the Preakness Stakes won’t have to travel to Pimlico. Instead, citizens can now gamble at small casinos around the state. This in turn will increase the total handle for Maryland sports betting.
Since December, at Maryland casinos, bettors have deposited $132,544,146 in sports wagers. In addition, Maryland casinos have made $12.6 million in income since sports betting became legal.
Preakness Stakes count in at total sports betting
Following the Super Bowl in February, sports betting in Maryland fell. On the other hand, Casinos are expecting a lucrative Preakness Stakes weekend after receiving a lot of interest in betting on the Kentucky Derby.
Who will be the popular sentimental favorite in the 147th Preakness Stakes on Saturday at Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course.
With Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike sitting out the Preakness to prepare for the Belmont Stakes in June in New York, Secret Oath, the filly who won the Kentucky Oaks the day before the Derby, takes over as the railbird darling.
Secret Oath is not only the lone filly in the Preakness, but she is also trained by another fan favorite, the flamboyant 86-year-old D. Wayne Lukas, who has six Preakness victories.
Fans can bet outside the race track
Sports betting is available at five casino sportsbooks in addition to horse racing.
Happy Jack is another Preakness starter who ran in the Derby at Churchill Downs (30-1, No. 6). He placed 14th overall. Doug O’Neill trains Happy Jack, who Tyler Gaffalione rides.
Although Creative Minister (10-1, No. 2) did not run in the Derby, he ran on the undercard and won an allowance race. Ken McPeek is the trainer, while Brian Hernandez is the jockey. A $150,000 supplementary from Creative Minister’s connections qualified him for the Preakness.
Swiss Skydiver in 2020, in a Preakness, contested in October and mostly without spectators due to the COVID-19 epidemic, and Rachel Alexandra in 2009 was the most recent filly victors. Lukas last won the Preakness in 2013 with Oxbow.
Secret Oath was drawn in the No. 4 gate in a nine-horse field for this year’s Preakness. At 1 3/16 mile, the Preakness is the shortest of the Triple Crown races.
Secret Oath broke away from the group to the outside in the Kentucky Oaks, chasing down the famous Echo Zulu in the stretch and holding on for the victory.
Secret Oath was 9-2 in the morning line for the Preakness, with Luis Saez in the irons.
Female Kentucky Derby winners
Although Regret did not compete in the 1915 Preakness, two female Kentucky Derby winners did.
After winning the Kentucky Derby, Genuine Risk was the buzz of the town. She was a fan favorite when she arrived at Pimlico. Unfortunately, this race is famous for all the wrong reasons when Codex and jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. corralled Genuine Risk as the two horses approached the finish line. Genuine Risk finished second and finished second in the Belmont Stakes.
Winning Colors made it to the Preakness but was put to the test right away. These were unconventional measures that helped Risen Star win the race. Winning Colors finished sixth in the Belmont behind Risen Star, who won by more than 14 lengths in his greatest imitation of sire Secretariat.
Written ByJosh Campbell
Journalist based in MD. Huge sports fan and intrigued by the US movement toward legal sports betting. I count myself among fans of legal sports gambling in Maryland.